This recipe is also good with a wider, flat pasta such as fettuccine or tagliatelle. Trimming the prosciutto fat and rendering it at the start of this dish gives a little extra depth. If your market trims the fat from its prosciutto, just proceed using an extra tablespoon of butter to sauté the leeks.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil for cooking the pasta. Chop the trimmed prosciutto fat, if using, and put it in a large skillet with the butter. Heat over medium until the butter is melted and the fat is translucent. Add the leeks, season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg, and cover. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender but not browned, about 10 minutes. Add the prosciutto, stirring to distribute, and then add the cream. Reduce the heat to low and let heat gently, uncovered, while you cook the pasta until just tender. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta cooking water and then drain the pasta, leaving drops of water clinging to it. Add the pasta and half of the reserved pasta cooking water to the skillet. Stir in the lemon zest and juice; season abundantly with black pepper. Heat gently for a few minutes to let the pasta drink up the sauce, adding more pasta cooking water if needed to thin it. Add the walnuts and taste for salt and pepper. Serve immediately.
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A very easy but delicious recipe. We were all pleasantly surprised. I added some grated Parmigiano on top of the pasta. Pretty elegant!
Absolutely wonderful! We had to use some leeks from our garden, and this recipe was perfect. Molly Stevens never disappoints.
I made this recipe exactly as written - it was great. I don't often make a recipe without tweaking it, but this one seemed to be complete and to my family's taste as it was. It is now in my favorites so I can make it again - so simple and great for a nite you don't have a lot of time, but so tasty!
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