But my cooking has hard time keeping up with the transition, so cooking posts have been a little low. There's just so much...stuff during the summer with which to cook--I know there's plenty of stuff in fall, also, but like I said, I'm having problems wrapping my head around the whole thing.
I did find a recipe on Epicurious for a leek, radicchio and linguine pasta. A bit of fall, easy, and filling. The original recipe is for 2 people so I doubled the ingredients.
Adapted from Epicurious.
- 1 pound linguine
- a buncha extra virgin olive oil
- 4 medium leeks, roots trimmed, stalks sliced about 1/3" thick, white and light green parts only (about 6-8 cups of sliced leeks)
- 1 cup parsley leaves
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
- 1/2 cup walnuts plus a few more for garnish, if you want
- 4 tsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 small head radicchio, halved, cored, and thinly sliced
Serves about 6.
First, let's deal with the leeks. They tend to be sandy, so fill a really big bowl with cold water; toss in the slicked leeks; swish them around well to loosen the rings and the sand; let sit for 10 minutes; lift leeks (without disturbing sediment on bottom) and drain in colander. I know it sounds like a pain but it's really not--no special equipment needed. It's not like I'm telling you to bring out the salad spinner.
Heat about 3 TBS olive oil over medium high heat. Throw in leeks, season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10-15 minutes (mine took on the longer side because I had the heat on about medium), until lightly browned.
At this point I tossed in a few TBS of white wine to deglaze, but you don't have to do that. Turn off heat.
While leeks are cooking, place walnuts, Parmesan, parsley, lemon juice, and 6 TBS olive oil in mini food processor.
Puree until they form a thick paste.
Cook your pasta according to directions, shaving off a minute. Drain, then place in pot with leeks. Stir in walnut pesto, mix well. Toss in sliced radicchio.
Incorporate until radicchio is a little wilted. If you want, top with a few more walnuts and cheese.