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04Pappardelle With Tomatoes and Herbed Goat Cheese

Pappardelle With Tomatoes and Herbed Goat Cheese

I’ve been on a comfort food kick lately. Maybe it’s the anticipation of a new season upon us that constantly calls for warm and cozy comfort food.  Perhaps it’s because comfort food is awesome anytime of the year.  Whatever the reason, pasta is one of my favorite go-to comfort foods.  I think this pasta dish is the ideal summertime comfort food because it’s light and fresh.

This pasta is coated with a no-cook herbed goat cheese “sauce” and accompanied with miniature tomatoes.

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Pappardelle With Tomatoes And Herbed Goat Cheese Recipe
(2 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 6 ounces of Pappardelle pasta (You can really use any kind of pasta you like.)
  • 2 ounces soft goat cheese, room temperature
  • zest of half a lemon
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (or the amount you get from the half a lemon you just zested)
  • 1/2 tablespoon green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 10 miniature heirloom tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

Directions

  1. Cook the Pappardelle pasta according to the directions on the box.
  2. Cut the tomatoes in half and set them aside.
  3. To make the herbed goat cheese, combine together the goat cheese, lemon zest, lemon juice, chopped green onions, chopped basil, salt, pepper, and minced garlic.
  4. Drain the pasta and place into a bowl.
  5. Stir in the herbed goat cheese and sliced tomatoes.
  6. Plate each serving and then drizzle 1 teaspoon of olive oil on top of each plate.

Source:  Tina’s Chic Corner

 

Garden fresh tomatoes are the bomb digity because they simply taste better than from anywhere else you can get them.  When my co-worker gave me a batch from her garden, I wanted to use them in a way that would showcase their flavor by using them in their most raw form.  Is this what people call “farm to table” eating?

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The only ingredient you have cook here is the pasta.  Hot stove for only a few minutes and then you’re back to the comfort of room temperature.  This dish is very quick and easy to prepare and I’m loving that.

As soon as the pasta is done cooking, mix it up right away with the herbed goat cheese and the cheese will melt into a very light cream “sauce.”  The heat from the pasta will soften the tomatoes a bit, but they still have a little crunch factor to them.   The sweet tomatoes with the savory cheese is simply a superb combo.

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If you don’t like goat cheese, you could use ricotta cheese instead.  However, I think that the goat cheese gives this pasta much more flavor.  (My hubby would rather it be the ricotta though.)

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Labor Day is right around the corner and that usually marks the end of summer.  The kids go back to school and we start planning for Halloween.  (Can you believe some of the stores have Halloween decorations out already?!)  I will say that I’m ready for pumpkin and apple pies, but I’m also still holding on to these last few summer days of summertime cuisine.

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#comfortfoodrocks… Sorry, I’ve been slightly addicted to my new found Instagram account.     :)

 

Rating:

4 Hats

 

Here are some of my other summertime favorites.

Lemon Spaghetti

07Lemon Spaghetti

Tomato and Herbed Goat Cheese Sandwich

03Tomato Sandwich With Herbed Goat Cheese

Soba Noodles

03Cold Soba Noodles

 

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07Fruit Smoothi In A Bowl

Fruit Smoothie In A Bowl

Have you ever heard of a smoothie in a bowl?  According to my youngest sister who works in NYC, it’s a recent trend.  What is it?  It’s a smoothie…wait for it, served in a bowl (instead of a cup).  Intrigued, I thought I’d give it a go so I created this easy and quick fruit smoothie.

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Fruit Smoothie In a Bowl Recipe
(1 serving)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of frozen chopped strawberries, peaches and bananas (I used Dole Ready-Cut Fruit)
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • (optional) 2 to 4 tablespoons of skim milk (The amount depends on how strong your blender is.)
  • (optional) sprinkling of chia seeds

Directions:

  1. In a blender, combine all of the ingredients (except chia seeds if you are using them) and blend them until they are smooth and creamy.
  2. (Optional)  If the mixture doesn’t blend well, add the milk to help it out a little.  (Note, I did not use liquid in my smoothie.)
  3. (Optional) Sprinkle some chia seeds on the top.

Source:  Tina’s Chic Corner

 

Is it a smoothie?  Is it a fun flavored yogurt?  Is it a frozen treat?  Yes, yes, and yes.  Since I’ve not actually seen this infamous “NYC smoothie in a bowl” phenomenon in person, I took to the interwebs to see what was up.  Some restaurants seem to add oats and others add granola to their smoothie bowl party.  Those are great additions so feel free to add it to this smoothie recipe.

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Today I opted for a smoothie that required as few ingredients as possible.  Fruit and yogurt.  I don’t think it can get more healthy or simple than that!  And you know what, it tastes SO delicious.  Simple, simple, simple, folks.  That’s what I’m all about on this Monday.

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Straw or not to straw?  Whatever floats your boat.  Can you see how it stands up on its own?  That’s what you want so that you can actually eat this with a spoon.  Though I suppose if it was a thin smoothie you could still eat it with a spoon.  I’m picturing slurping spoonfuls of the last bits of melted goodness at the end of a tasty ice cream sundae.

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Strawberries, peaches, and bananas have officially become my new favorite fruit combo now.  Oh it’s so yummy!  Dole knew what it was thinking when they created it.  (The legal beagle in me wants to let you know that I’m not getting paid by Dole to say this.)  This is how it went down on Friday night…  I made the dreaded trip to the grocery store (I hate grocery shopping) and for some reason all of the fresh fruit looked like crap.  Naturally this annoyed me because my plans for a smoothie adventure might be put on hold.  I went to the freezer section to see what my options were (I stood there freezing to read the labels on the various brands), picked the bag I liked the best and crossed my fingers.  The result was a smoothie that tasted like it had delicious fresh fruit in it, but without the crappy looking stuff I had available to me in the fresh fruit aisle.

Even my hubby liked this smoothie!  That’s a first.  He’s not really into smoothies so that’s saying a lot.  I was pretty excited.     :)

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Final thoughts on this “smoothie in a bowl”…  I think serving a smoothie in a bowl is fun for a food blogger who can creatively show off the finished product in a unique way.  Although when I make this again, I’ll probably be sipping it out of a straw and glass.  Maybe I’m just not hip enough.     ;)

 

Rating:

4 Hats

 

 

Here are some other gnarly smoothie recipes.

Blueberry Basil Smoothie

01Blueberry Basil Smoothie

Blackberry Coconut Smoothie

04Blackberry Coconut Smoothie

Sweet Basil Smoothie

02Sweet Basil Smoothie

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