A Trip Down Memory Lane: Carrot Walnut Pasta Recipe

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This is another recipe based on my time in Italy. One of the amazing things about Italy is the designer outlets. My roommate and I finally made it to The Mall (the outlets near Florence) but ended up having a lot of free time. Being food-fanatics, we decided to try the only restaurant at The Mall. Boy were we shocked!  We had this AMAZING carrot walnut gnocchi that I still crave 3 years later. Here's my take on it:

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What You Need:

1 box pasta

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 cup heavy cream

1/2 stick butter

1 cup walnuts (minced in the blender)

1 shallot - finely chopped

3 cloves garlic - minced

1/2 cup carrot - grated or minced

1 tbs salt (or to taste)

1/2 tbs dried parsley

The How To:

Place water to boil for pasta - add pasta when at a rolling boil

In a medium saucepan add butter (med-high heat)

When bubbly add shallot and garlic - cook until shallot is translucent

Add carrot - cook for 2 - 3 minutes

Add walnuts - cook for another couple of minutes

Add cream and mix well - let simmer until cream starts to thicken

Add salt and parsley

Mix with pasta.

Serve with a generous amount of Parmesan cheese.

***For a lighter version replace butter with olive oil and cream with 2% milk***