Lemony carrot 'fettuccine' with toasted walnuts
Start to finish: 25 minutes; Servings: 4
½ cup chopped walnuts
2 pounds large carrots, peeled, stem ends discarded
1¼ cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth, divided
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
Salt and ground black pepper
2 ounces Neufchatel (low-fat cream cheese)
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
Heat the oven to 350 F.
In a shallow baking dish, spread the walnuts in an even layer and bake on the oven's middle shelf for 8 to 10 minutes, or until they smell fragrant. Remove and set aside.
Meanwhile, using a swivel blade or a Y-shaped vegetable peeler, peel the carrots into long fettuccine-like strands, discarding the core (or saving it for a snack or a stock).
In a large skillet, combine 1 cup of the chicken broth with the lemon zest, a hefty pinch of salt and several grinds of pepper. Whisk the mixture until the lemon is well distributed.
Cut up the cheese into small pieces and add it to the skillet along with the carrots. Cover the skillet tightly and bring the broth to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer the carrots, covered, for 3 minutes. Remove the lid, and stir the carrots gently with tongs to make sure the cheese is well distributed. Cover and simmer, adding the additional broth if the mixture seems dry, for another 1 to 2 minutes, or just until the carrots are tender. Stir in the lemon juice, then season with salt and pepper. Divide the carrot "fettuccine" between 4 serving plates, then top each portion with a quarter of the toasted walnuts and the chives.