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Nutty, Cheesy Linguine

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Easy, Peasy AND Cheesy – what more could you ask for!?  If you can boil water, you can make this dish.  The only thing you cook in this recipe is the pasta before adding six simple ingredients – stir and serve.

I have often made this dish for friends in the summer for lunch because it’s light and non-filling but you still feel like you’re serving a meal.  The cheese melts into the hot pasta and creates a very different but delightful flavour.  You might look at the list of ingredients and do a double take but trust me on this – they really work!Nutty Cheezey Linguini

I used both black and green olives in this dish because I like them and they are such a healthy food.  Did you know that they contain mono-unsaturated fatty acids that help fight bad cholesterol (LDL) and promote good cholesterol (HDL)? They also contain powerful anti-oxidants, Vitamin E and carotenoids – all of which combine to fight against cancer, inflammation, coronary artery disease and diabetes.

The fresh parsley and basil are crucial to the flavours of this dish so be sure to include them.  If you have a fairly well stocked pantry, this is a great meal to make in a hurry and the kids can help too.  Cheers!

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Nutty, Cheesy Linguine
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Serves: 6-8
  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped
  • ½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • ½ cup black and/or green olives, chopped (and sliced if preferred)
  • ¼ cup pimento, chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1½ cups Medium or Old Cheddar Cheese, grated
  • 1 pound Linguine (rice pasta recommended)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  1. Mix first 6 ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Cook linguine in large pot of salted, boiling water until al dente, drain and rinse.
  3. Return pasta to pot and add butter, salt and pepper, mixing well. Divide pasta among plates and top with nut and cheese mixture.


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  • Reply cheri April 24, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    This looks really good Robyn, love the bold flavor from the pimento and olives. Great meal!
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    • Reply Robyn April 25, 2014 at 11:53 am

      Thanks so much, Cheri! You sure are cooking up a storm these days, lol. I love those chiles rellenos!
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  • Reply Pam April 24, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Yum! I like easy, peasy and cheesy and your blog too! Thanks for the good recipe!
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    • Reply Robyn April 25, 2014 at 7:34 am

      Thanks so much, Pam, and thanks for the visit. Have a great weekend!

  • Reply Anita Rivera April 24, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Oh Robyn, I believe you on how these tastes can merge to create a surprisingly great flavor, given the EASY mix! Walnuts and basil are a match made in Italian countryside heaven. Every summer when I have my basil plant growing in a pot outside my kitchen door, I make my basil/walnut pesto. I have even boiled pasta then tossed in walnuts, parmesan and olive oil…that’s it. OUT OF THIS WORLD! Lovely idea since we Spaniards love olives! CHEERS! Anita

    • Reply Robyn April 25, 2014 at 7:36 am

      Anita! I think you and I would have so much fun cooking together – we seem to like all the same foods. I LOVE basil and walnuts and have done the same thing often, sometime tossing in some cherry tomatoes. Thanks for always bringing a smile!

  • Reply Debbie Harris April 24, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Oh delicious!! Another wonderful looking recipe that I must try. If it has basil in it then I’m sold. I believe I am going to learn a lot from your cooking!
    Have a beautiful rest of the day.
    Joy! Debbie

    • Reply Robyn April 25, 2014 at 7:37 am

      Wow, what a lovely compliment, Debbie. I have a feeling you’re a fabulous cook so I should be asking you for your secrets. Enjoy your weekend!

  • Reply Deb @ Cooking on the Front Burner April 24, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Robyn, this looks like a great easy dish! Pinning!
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    • Reply Robyn April 25, 2014 at 7:38 am

      Thanks so much, Deb, and thanks for stopping by. I love your Asian Shrimp Salad – great combination of flavours. Enjoy your weekend!

  • Reply Medeja April 25, 2014 at 1:47 am

    Easy peasy.. and + cheesy.. sounds like dinner for me 😀
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  • Reply Amy | Club Narwhal April 25, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Easy peasy and cheesy sounds like my life’s mantra! I am loving all the flavors in this pasta–plus, it seems like the perfect quick weeknight dinner 🙂
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    • Reply Robyn April 26, 2014 at 10:23 am

      LOL, Amy, I’m always on the look out for super easy! Thanks so much for the visit and sweet comments. I have sent links to your strawberry rhubarb pie ice cream to every member of my family, lol. They are going nuts for it!
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  • Reply jugglingrealfoodandreallife April 25, 2014 at 8:53 am

    You are right Robyn……….I don’t think I would have ever come up with this combination. That’s why I love getting to know other bloggers and their recipes. I love olives, but didn’t realize they were so healthy. I can now feel even better about snacking on them. Thanks so much for sharing this with our Let’s Get Real readers so we can all enjoy your delightful combination of super healthy ingredients.
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    • Reply Robyn April 26, 2014 at 10:25 am

      I’m with you, Christine, I’ve learned so much from other bloggers and I love it! The calories in olives are low too, so you’re good to go!
      Always a pleasure to join your party. Enjoy your weekend.
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  • Reply Nicole April 25, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Looks like an easy dish. Gotta try it soon. 🙂

    Btw, thanks for linking with Let’s Get Real party!
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  • Reply Stephanie April 25, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Can I hire you as my personal chef?? Dearest Robyn, your recipes always, and I mean always, make my mouth water and my tummy say, “Feed me!”

    Thank you for sharing such yummy food ideas – you are a doll! Hugs to you!
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    • Reply Robyn April 26, 2014 at 10:27 am

      LOL, I would be too tempermental to be a personal chef, Stephanie! You made my day with your sweet compliments – thank you SO much! Hugs. xo
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  • Reply Bam's Kitchen April 25, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Wow! Look at those stunning photos! I love your short ingredient list and bright and fresh ingredients. I quite like your addition of crushed walnuts, I am sure that gives this pasta that lovely added crunch and flavor. I am gluten free girl so can’t wait to try this with some rice noodles. Just pinned! Have a super weekend! Take Care, BAM
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    • Reply Robyn April 26, 2014 at 10:28 am

      I don’t know, Bobbi – I think I’m going backwards with my photography, lol. I’ll be happy when it warms up and I can take shots outdoors. Thanks for the pin! Talk soon. Have a great weekend.
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  • Reply Ginnie April 26, 2014 at 10:38 am

    This looks delicious and easy! Can’t wait to try it soon:)
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    • Reply Robyn April 29, 2014 at 3:19 am

      Thanks so much, Ginnie. Your visits are much appreciated along with your sweet comments!
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  • Reply Mindy April 26, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Great recipe and great pictures too : ) I am pinning this for use this summer (I think we will actually get sun…) – so easy and looks so tasty. I love olives and the nuts sound like such a great addition. Happy weekend friend!
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    • Reply Robyn April 29, 2014 at 3:21 am

      LOL, I hope we get some sun and some real heat soon, Mindy. Thanks so much for your visit. Your opinions mean a lot to me. Hope your week is off to a good start!
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  • Reply Antionette Blake April 26, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious – thank you for linking up again and sharing the recipe with us at the #WWDParty!
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  • Reply Diane (@SimpleLivingEat) April 27, 2014 at 10:10 am

    I love the colors of your pasta… so light and fresh for Spring. Thanks for bringing it to foodie friday,

    • Reply Robyn April 29, 2014 at 3:23 am

      Thanks, Diane. I’m really enjoying the creations that folks are bringing to your parties. It’s so much fun to see what goes on in other people’s kitchens!
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  • Reply Nina April 28, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Easy and delicious, the perfect marriage!
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  • Reply Linda April 28, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Wow, who doesn’t like easy, peasy and cheesy. Such different combination, but it sounds good. Have to try it. I am glad you got your new kitchen gadget. I can’t wait to see what you make and if you like it as much as I do. Lots of love, Linda

    • Reply Robyn April 29, 2014 at 9:33 am

      It`s definitely different but I love the things you can create with what`s leftover in the fridge, lol. I love that new gadget and you will see it on my recipes, soon! Thanks a million for the tip, Linda. xoox

  • Reply Cheryl April 30, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    This sounds so scrumptious! I love the ingredients, and the combination and simplicity is very appealing. Thank you for sharing on The Yuck Stops Here link party, I hope you’ll continue to share your talents with us in the future! HUGS
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  • Reply Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life May 1, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    This really looks delicious!! Definitely going to try it!
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  • Reply Kathleen @ Fearlessly Creative Mammas May 1, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    This looks like a really quick and easy meal that my family would love! I will have to make it for them sometime. Thank you for linking up to Tips and Tricks!
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  • Reply Angela May 2, 2014 at 8:50 am

    HI! Thanks so much for linking up at The Wednesday Roundup Link Party! This pasta looks wonderful and nice and simple to make! Pinning now!

  • Reply Erlene May 3, 2014 at 1:26 am

    I’ve never thought of putting walnuts in my pasta, but I love the idea of something crunchy to change up the texture. Thanks for sharing it on The Yuck Stops Here!
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  • Reply Kimberly May 3, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    What a delicious recipe! Love it! Pinned! Thank you so much for being part of our party. Please stop by this Tuesday morning and share one your amazing creations.
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    This recipe sounds quite delicious – perfect for summertime!
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