A friend of mine cut down the black walnut trees at the edge of his lot.  I called him a killer.  I have more than 10 black walnut trees in my yard and collect hundreds of pounds of nuts a year.  I love them.  They’re great shade trees and give me food.

black walnut spaghetti

Waiting to be eaten.

To honor their unnecessary deaths I’ve concocted the following pasta dish.


  • Thick spaghetti (I got mine out of a box instead of making them fresh this time)
  • salted boiling water (I use a technique of just enough water to cook the noodles and save on water)
  • 1/2 cup shelled black walnuts
  • 3/4 cup fresh sage minced
  • 3 small onions diced
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 dried discarded jalapeno from the corner of your spice cabinet, minced
  • Olive oil for sautéing and dressing the dish at the end
  • some home-made grating cheese from your basement

Start heating a sauté pan on medium low heat and get the salted water boiling in a suitable pan.  Now, add the spaghetti, it’ll take 12 minutes to al dente.  In the meantime add some of the oil to the pan and begin sautéing the onions.  Add the black walnuts and let go for half the time it takes to cook the spaghetti.  Now add the sage and the jalapeño.  Saute until the spaghetti is ready.

Add the spaghetti to the sauté pan and mix everything together to coat.  Add more olive oil.  Loosen with a bit of water if needed.

Plate and mix the two egg yolks in completely (you must do this off the heat and just let the heat of the spaghetti cook and thicken the yolks.

Grate the cheese over the spaghetti and drizzle a little more Olive Oil over the dish. Clean the edges of the bowl for presentation and then dig in and get messy.