Last week, I stumbled upon a pasta recipe that used goat cheese in the sauce. What a great idea, I thought. But the recipe also used several additional rich and fattening ingredients. I wanted to create a slightly less indulgent—but hopefully still delicious—goat cheese sauce.
So last Monday, I scribbled down some ideas and began the countdown to 6 o’clock when I could go home and get to creating. It was one of those days where everything irritates you—the endless meetings, the interruptions, the whole being an adult with responsibilities thing. All I could think about was enjoying some delicious pasta on the comfort of my couch.
Unfortunately, due to all the meetings, I got held-up and left work on the later side. On the way home, I stopped at my local grocery store to stock up on necessities. In the pasta aisle, I was particularly excited when I noticed this gem. The grocery stores in my Brooklyn neighborhood are pretty small, so any gluten-free additions to the inventory are pretty exciting. I’ve been noticing a lot lately, by the way.
I made my purchases and continued on my way. As I reached my apartment, I glanced up to notice the lights in our unit were out. Now, nothing against my roommates, but as I’d said, I was having a “go-away!” kind of day. I was looking forward to a little peace and quiet and the opportunity to have the kitchen to myself. I reached into my bag and searched for my keys. When I didn’t hear the jingle, panic ensued. I immediately realized the issue: I’d left them at work… inside the gym bag I’d so optimistically taken in with me that morning but so readily left behind. I nervously texted the roommates, now ironically praying they were just watching movies in the dark or napping, but I was to have no suck luck that day. They were at a concert. Far. Not to be home till late.
I wanted to cry. My pasta indulgence was now hours away. I had to walk 10 minutes back to the train, wait 10+ minutes for the subway, ride 6 stops, get off, climb stairs, wait for the second train, ride 2 stops, get off, walk across the street to my building, climb four flights of stairs, enter my office, grab the keys, and retrace the route (for now the fourth! time that day) back. Last Monday, my friends, was just not my day.
Yet, I did it, I lived, and I somehow even mustered up the strength to still make dinner, which I ravenously devoured at close to midnight. Here’s hoping your experience goes just a little more smoothly.
Creamy Goat Cheese Tagliatelle with Asparagus
|Prep time||5 minutes|
|Cook time||30 minutes|
|Total time||35 minutes|
|Allergy||Egg, Fish, Peanuts, Shellfish, Soy, Tree Nuts, Wheat|
|Dietary||Gluten Free, Vegetarian|
|Meal type||Lunch, Main Dish, Side Dish|
- 1 bunch asparagus
- 2 cups No-fat Greek Yogurt (divided)
- 1/2 cup water (divided)
- 1 clove garlic (minced)
- 1 medium shallot (diced)
- 1 tablespoon thyme
- 4 ounces goat cheese
- 2 cups uncooked taglietelle
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon gluten-free all-purpose flour (optional/as needed)
- pinch pepper
- pinch salt