New Cookbooks

I received a couple of wonderful-looking new cookbooks over the holidays, and last night I finally tried one of them out.  I decided on a spaghetti dish with broccoli, walnuts, and a ricotta sauce.  It was more exciting than it sounds–I finally got to use the zester I’d picked up months ago!  The only trouble was with the cheese; after stirring in the ricotta, it didn’t take on the creamy texture the photo in the book displayed.  After some Internet searching, I think the cheese should have been mixed or blended before-hand.  I’ll try that next time.  Other than that, it was fantastic and I have plenty of leftovers for tonight.

2 thoughts on “New Cookbooks

  1. Really, walnuts in spaghetti? Did they soften up or remain crunchy? I might have to give that a try. Although it sounds more like a lasagna sauce because of the ricotta and texture you were looking for. It also could have been the brand of cheese causing difference, different ricotta’s have different fat contents.

    • I baked the walnuts for about 8 minutes, just until they start to brown a bit. They added a nice crunch to the dish. I used a low-fat ricotta, maybe next time I’ll try a regular variety 🙂

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