Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Leeks and Hazelnuts

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Nutrition Info
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Ingredients

Kosher salt

12 ounces whole-wheat spaghetti

4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

3 large leeks, white and light-green parts only, thinly sliced

2 teaspoons sugar 

2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar (preferably aged)

1 small head radicchio, halved, cored and thinly sliced 

6 ounces creamy Italian cheese, such as fontina or taleggio, cubed

1/4 to 1/3 cup hazelnuts, toasted and chopped

Directions

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook as the label directs. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium-low heat and add 2 tablespoons olive oil. Scatter the leeks in the skillet and season with 1 teaspoon each salt and sugar. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain the pasta, reserving about 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Add the pasta and the reserved cooking liquid to the skillet with the leeks. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons oil, 1 teaspoon sugar and the balsamic vinegar. Increase the heat to medium-high and add the radicchio and cheese. Toss until the cheese melts, 3 to 5 minutes. Season with salt and top with the hazelnuts.  

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