Friday, February 20, 2009

Guilty... Nostalgic With a Remedy

Probably every 6 months or longer I'll get a craving for a Cup of Noodles- you know the most horribly processed toxic food one could possibly put into their bodies? It's a terrible guilty pleasure. It's fairly bland and tasteless and may likely cause some sort of cell manipulation in my body, but for some reason I like it. It's nostalgic really. Immediately I'm transported back to my strawberry shortcake pajamas on Saturday morning or to a late night studying session in college. What is one to do when you haven't gone grocery shopping and there are just a few items in the cupboards with which to cook up something, and likely you are starving and therefore impatient? That is exactly what happened to me at lunch while working at home. I realize not everyone has goat cheese in the refrigerator at all times, but due to catering events, I often have some pretty odd ingredients that usually refuse to go together. Instead of eating something processed, I made something just as quick, ten times more delicious and terribly easy. It's reminiscent of Spaghetti Carbonara, if that is what you are in to.

Ultra Quick Pasta with Goat Cheese and Lemon Zest
1 serving of dried spaghetti noodles
1 large egg
1/4 c. goat cheese (give or take amount to your liking- I am a fan)
1 small lemon, zested
Salt and pepper to taste

Boil pasta according to package directions, drain water. Place noodles back into the sauce pan you previously boiled your noodles in and over medium-high heat. Add goat cheese and crack in one egg . Stir for 2-3 minutes until the egg is cooked and both cheese and egg are incorporated into the noodles. Add lemon zest, salt and pepper and taste for seasoning. Wine pairing? Hmm I'm thinking a sauv blanc or a pinot gris.
That my friends is it! I was thinking while I was twirling noodles on my fork that a litte bit of crisp pancetta would round it out a little bit more. Or some lovely herbs. Obviously, when you don't have much in your frige or cupboard, you get creative and use what you have on hand.


Gemini Mother said...
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Gemini Mother said...

Uptown ghetto pasta! I still commit the sin of eating an occassional bowl of Cuo O' Noodles!