whole wheat lemon pepper pasta with radish, spinach & sesame

whole wheat lemon pepper pasta with radish, spinach & sesame

Casarecce, a pasta originally from Sicily, has a rolled up shape perfect for catching the buttery sauce of this dish. We chose whole grain for its nutritious properties but also because we loved its earthy flavor alongside warmed radishes and wilted spinach. This meal is spring on a plate—colorful, vibrant, balanced—just the kind you’ll need to usher you into the warmer months. Cook, relax, and enjoy!

What you’ll need:
8 oz whole wheat casarecce
1 oz Pecorino Romano
1 oz scallions
8 oz radish
2 cloves garlic
8 oz flat leaf spinach
1 oz butter
1 lemon
1 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds
2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
coarse salt
freshly ground black pepper

Equipment:
large pot
grater
large skillet

Recipe steps:
1. Cook pasta
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add half of casarecce (reserve the rest for another use) and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes. Reserve ½ cup pasta water and drain.

2. Prep ingredients
Meanwhile, grate Pecorino. Trim scallions and thinly slice, separating whites and greens. Thinly slice radishes, peel and chop garlic, and pick large stems from spinach.

3. Sauté vegetables
Melt half of the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add scallion whites and radishes and cook, stirring occasionally, until beginning to soften, about 2 minutes. Add garlic, season with salt, and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

4. Add pasta
To skillet, add casarecce, spinach, and reserved pasta water. Cook, tossing, until spinach wilts, about 1 minute.

5. Finish pasta
Remove skillet from heat and stir in remaining butter. Add half of the Pecorino and zest lemon over top; season with salt and pepper. Halve lemon and squeeze over pasta. Season with salt and pepper and toss to combine.

6. Serve
Divide pasta between bowls and top with scallion greens, toasted sesame seeds, and remaining Pecorino. Drizzle with sesame oil and top with freshly ground black pepper. Enjoy!

 

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