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.
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!
- 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
- Cook the pasta noodles according to the package directions, then drain it and pour it into a large bowl.
- 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.
**Use gluten free pasta to make dish gluten free.
What makes you feel nostalgic?