Using almond butter is a great shortcut for making this delicious spicy dish. Or try hazelnut butter for an earthier pesto.
Fast Weekday Pastas
3/4 pound fettuccine
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup sage leaves
1 large garlic clove, mashed to a paste
1/4 cup almond butter
1 scallion, minced
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
Large pinch of crushed red pepper
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and freshly ground pepper
How to Make It
In a pot of salted boiling water, cook the pasta until al dente; drain, reserving 3/4 cup of the cooking water. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, heat 1/2 cup of the olive oil until shimmering. Fry the sage leaves over moderate heat, turning occasionally, until crisp. Drain the sage on paper towels, then chop half of the leaves.
Combine the chopped sage, garlic, almond butter, remaining 1/4 cup of oil, scallion, zest, red pepper and all but 2 tablespoons of the cheese. Toss the pasta with the pesto; add the pasta water as necessary to make a creamy sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Top with the remaining cheese and whole sage leaves and serve.
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