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Casarecce with Arugula, Southern Belle and Pecans

Casarecce with Arugula, Southern Belle and Pecans is a very quick pasta dish that can be made in less than 20 minutes. It is flavorful and creamy with only 4 major ingredients.

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Quick and delicious and something different. We all need these type of dishes a few times a week, because we’re all busy. OK, let me just speak for myself; I am busy. This particular recipe came from Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Special Issue 1 – 2017. He uses olive oil with goat cheese instead of pasta water to create a smoother sauce and I have to say, it works perfectly.

Where do you get your recipes from? How many magazines fall in your mailbox every month or do you do all your research online? I personally love to go through cookbooks and cooking magazines. I used to subscribe to so many, that keeping track of the recipes became a job in itself and I recently cut back on some of them. Now I am buying the magazines, whenever I like, but it is rather irregular. I have all my recipes stored in boxes divided over various categories and every now and then I go through them, looking for inspiration of sometimes just looking for recipes to cook.

I also love going to bookstores. There is something about books, holding books, smelling books; that you will never get from books on a tablet. It is similar for magazines, but not as strong. I am sure that books will cease to exist in the future, but not for a while. New books and cookbooks are still published in big numbers; so many fellow bloggers write the 1st, 2nd or 3rd cookbook and I hope many more to come, because I for one enjoy them a lot.

Ok, this recipe, Casarecce with Arugula, Southern Belle and Pecans, came from a magazine as I mentioned before. Simple, quick and very tasteful. The differences from the original are; other pasta, my choice of goat cheese and pecans instead of walnuts.

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The pasta I used is Casarecce pasta, also called Caserecce or Strozzapreti. A rolled and twisted pasta that easily slides in your mouth, especially when it is coated with a creamy goat cheese sauce. My choice of goat cheese was Southern Belle; a cute little Alabama-made goat cheese that is rolled in bourbon pecans, mint and sugar. Logically, I used pecans and the final sprinkle.

Casarecce with Arugula, Southern Belle and Pecans; a delicious dish. Thanks to Milk Street Magazine.

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Casarecce with Arugula, Southern Belle and Pecans
Casarecce with Arugula, Southern Belle and Pecans is a very quick pasta dish that can be made in less than 20 minutes. It is flavorful and creamy with only 4 major ingredients.
Casarecce with Arugula, Southern Belle and Pecans
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Ingredients
  • 4 ounces pasta
  • 2 ounces goat cheese Southern Belle
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 ounces arugula
  • 1/4 cup pecans chopped
  • salt and pepper
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
  • 4 ounces pasta
  • 2 ounces goat cheese Southern Belle
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 ounces arugula
  • 1/4 cup pecans chopped
  • salt and pepper
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Instructions
  1. Cook the pasta according to the directions on the packaging or to your desired degree of al dente.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, make your sauce. Combine goat cheese, olive oil and salt and pepper and mix until smooth.
  3. Drain the pasta and keep 1/3 cup of cooking water.
  4. Return the pasta to the pot, add the arugula, the goat cheese mixture and the pasta water and mix until the sauce clings to the pasta and a the arugula starts to welt. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Divide the pasta over 2 plates or bowls and sprinkle with the chopped pecans

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