Pesto and arugula pasta with goat cheese and toasted pine nuts

Guys I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed lately. I’m about 6 weeks away from the end of my dietetic internship, I have multiple projects in my new rotation in public health, I still have a big research project looming over my head, and I need to find a job. Oh yeah, and then I have to start that job and enter the real world of money and budgets and responsibility.

Pesto and arugula pasta with goat cheese and toasted pine nuts

It makes me think back fondly on simpler times. The times when I was but a wee thing in university without a care in the world. When I lived with 5 roommates as a sophomore and had the best year of going out dancing, giggling about boys, and having fun. Because there were so many of us, it seemed like we were always celebrating a birthday. And we sure knew how to celebrate – we would get dolled up in our American Apparel dresses, bake the birthday girl an ugly cake decorated with Smarties and icing piped from ziploc bags, and dance around the house to “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy”.

That was how it usually went down. But one time after a long month of exams, we decided to do something different for our roommate’s birthday and treat ourselves to a nice Italian dinner. I remember this night because I had the most amazing pasta. It was a fresh house made spaghetti coated in pesto with peppery arugula, creamy goat cheese, and the nutty flavour of toasted pine nuts to top it off. It was simple but so elegant.

And because I’m feeling nostalgic (and procrastinating on applying for jobs), I decided to recreate it for you!

Pesto and arugula pasta with goat cheese and toasted pine nuts

Pesto and arugula pasta with goat cheese and toasted pine nuts
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An easy vegetarian pasta recipe that is perfect for a weeknight dinner. Nut free*, egg free, gluten free option**.
Yield: 4 servings
  • 10 oz pasta noodle of your choice
  • 2 cups loosely packed arugula
  • ½ cup plus 2 tbsp pesto
  • 3 oz goat cheese
  • ⅓ cup toasted pine nuts
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Cook the pasta noodles according to the package directions, then drain it and pour it into a large bowl.
  2. Add the arugula and pesto, and stir until it is well combined. Then crumble the goat cheese into the pasta and add the pine nuts. Serve warm.
*Pine nuts are actually seeds, not nuts.
**Use gluten free pasta to make dish gluten free.

Pesto and arugula pasta with goat cheese and toasted pine nuts

What makes you feel nostalgic?


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25 Responses to Pesto and arugula pasta with goat cheese and toasted pine nuts

  1. Yummy! Chelsea this sounds perfect in every way! Keep going, you can do it! Almost to the finish line!

  2. don’t you love when you can just remember the amazingness of a meal? I have a few of those meal changing events too. Ah that is both exciting and scary but girl you have got this! Just think back again to university when you had 3-5 tests in a week + projects- you made it through right? and successfully! I have no doubt you are going to dominate the work world!

  3. Every day of my life I am nostalgic! Curt always jokes that in the moment I hate everything but love everything in hindsight. I disagree that hindsight is 20/20 cause I tend to only remember the good! Probably a good thing I suppose ;)

    Also I just learned that pine nuts are a seed. I learn something new from you everyday ;)

    • Chelsea

      Haha I must only remember the good too – I failed to remember in this post all the bad parts of university (ie. stress up the wazoo!)

  4. Pesto is one of my all time favorite meals! Reminds me of childhood! My dad literally made it at least once a week!

  5. i love anything with goat cheese! we’ve been really digging it in salads lately!

  6. This dish is totally up my alley; plus, I love anything to do with goat cheese and pine nuts. Yum!

  7. that dish looks awesome. it’s been too long since i’ve had a meal with pine nuts. maybe some pesto in my life soon!

  8. Those times seriously were the best, weren’t they? I miss being carefree and not having [many] responsibilities… I remember not being able to wait to grow up, and now I just wanna go back to being a little kid again :lol: And can you believe that I never tried pine nuts before? I honestly had no idea they were a seed, so I always avoided them!

  9. ughhh, job applications – I’ve been putting them off too. Impending adulthood is terrifying, lol. But, the pasta looks delicious! I’ve been craving goat cheese lately.

  10. I saw this in my feed and immediately said, “Oooo! I want that!” This looks fantastic!

  11. Don’t stress, any Dietitian or Hospital SHOULD be happy to have you join their team. The “real” world can’t be as scary as our parents make it seem. They used to say University was hard but you excelled in that department so trust in your abilities. Congratulations on ALMOST being done. This pasta looks phenomenal, I wish I weren’t allergic to seeds too :( I’m definitely going to create it without the pine nuts. :)

  12. I definitely didn’t know that about pine nuts, good thing for all the nut allergic because they are delicious!

  13. When I visit we are recreating those days….well, that is usually everyday for Davs.

    Great looking recipe and it contains all my favs….genius, Kale.

  14. Delicious looking recipe, girl. I love reminiscing about the past, even though it makes me miss those days like mad. Going through old yearbooks and Facebook picture makes me feel nostalgia…as does listening to songs from back of the day!

  15. Love the sound of this pesto arugula goat cheese pasta combo! Good luck finding a job!

  16. Love this recipe, especially the pine nuts! The smell of my mom’s homemade pasta sauce definitely makes me feel nostalgic :)

  17. Mmmmmmm….looks great! Reminds me that I need to cross my fingers and try out pine nuts on my nut allergic kid. Hopefully he will be ok as I LOOOOOVE pesto :-)

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