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"This terrific dish is a real crowd pleaser." Francine Segan
  • 1⁄4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 shallots, sliced
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 16 to 18 dried Calimyrna figs, about 12 ounces, thinly sliced
  • 1 1⁄2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 lb. penne
  • 1⁄2 cup shaved Parmesan cheese
  • 1⁄4 cup pistachio nuts, coarsely crushed
  • 1 tbsp. whole pink peppercorns

Heat the butter and oil in a medium sauté pan over medium heat until the butter melts. Sauté the shallots until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the wine and figs and simmer until the wine is absorbed and the figs are soft, about 8 minutes. Stir in the stock and pink peppercorns and simmer, covered, for about 7 minutes. Remove from heat and let rest, covered, while you prepare the penne.

Cook the penne according to package directions. Drain and toss with the fig sauce. Serve the penne topped with Parmesan, and a sprinkle of pistachio nuts and peppercorns.

Serves 6.