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Serves : 12

This version of Arab-inspired casareccia con la frutta secca is adapted from Giovanna Tornabene's La Cucina Sicilian di Gangivecchio (Knopf). Plus: Pasta Recipes and Tips

How to Make It

Step 1    

Preheat the oven to 350°. Toast the hazelnuts in a small baking pan until fragrant, about 12 minutes. Transfer them to a clean kitchen towel and rub the nuts against each other to remove the skins; let cool completely.

Step 2    

In a food processor, combine the basil, hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts, pistachios, pine nuts, the grated cheese, parsley, garlic and a pinch each of salt and pepper. With the machine on, pour in the oil in a thin stream and process until the nuts are finely chopped. Add the butter and process until blended but still grainy.

Step 3    

Fill a large pot with water, cover and bring to a boil. Add salt and the pasta. Cover partially until the water just returns to a boil, then uncover, stir the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking water. Transfer the pasta to a warmed large serving bowl. Add the nut pesto and toss to combine. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of the reserved past water if the sauce is too thick. Serve immediately.

Make Ahead

Transfer the pesto to a large jar, tap out any air bubbles and press a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface. Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 week. Bring to room temperature before proceeding to Step 3.

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