Last Sunday at our house:
Husband: My aunt and uncle invited us over to make heart-shaped pizzas.
Me: That sounds like fun. What time?
Husband: About two hours from now.
Me: Sounds good to me.
Husband: Ummm, why are you still making dinner, then?
Me: This? This is a snack.
Husband: Okay . . . It's just, you know, a whole meal.
Me: (Pointing to myself) Pregnant.
I think sometimes he forgets.
It's not just weird pregnancy cravings that made me want this pasta, though. (Actually, I haven't really had cravings. Are they real, or just an excuse to send the hubby to the store?) It was the goat cheese. I was organizing my boards on Pinterest the other day and ran across this recipe again. It still sounded great to me six or seven months later, and for once I had all the ingredients in my fridge. When I read it over and realized how fast it was to make (again: pregnant) I decided to pull it together and save the leftovers for work the next week.
I hadn't even planned on taking pictures of this to share because I was too hungry to bother, but after a couple bites I decided I needed to pause for a second to snap a few shots before the pasta disappeared into my mouth and headed straight to my ankles. It was definitely tasty enough to share. It's one of those recipes where everything just works well together. I love goat cheese, so the mild tang that it gave to the pasta made me happy, but the garlic toasted pecans really made it for me. If you are a goat cheese lover, you could even increase the goat cheese in the recipe since it isn't over-powering. I wasn't sure I would like the peas, but the sweetness they added in addition to the goat cheese won me over. I would like to try this again sometime with dried cranberries or cherries in place of the peas, since I love those dried fruits in combination with goat cheese. In all, it's a tasty little dish that comes together quickly and is a little different from the norm. That's my kind of meal.
And for the record, I was able to fully do the heart-shaped pizzas justice. Never underestimate the ability of a pregnant woman to eat.
Goat Cheese Pasta with Pecans
Prep Time: 5 min Cook Time: 10 min Serves: 6
Recipe Source: adapted from The Sweets Life, originally from Good Housekeeping