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Pasta del Magnifico alla Garga


  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 2 tablespoons cognac or dry sherry

  • 1 lemon, zested

  • 1 large navel orange, zested

  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped, about 3 sprigs

  • 12 leaves fresh basil, shredded or torn

  • 1/2 pound linguini, cooked to al dente, or 3/4 pound fresh linguini, cooked to al dente

  • 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano


In a skillet over medium low heat, heat cream. Add cognac or dry sherry, lemon and orange zest and salt. Simmer sauce 7 to 10 minutes. Add mint and basil to the sauce. Toss hot, drained pasta with sauce and grated cheese. Transfer to serving dish or dinner plates.