It happens nearly every time I go to a farmers market: I buy basketfuls of beautiful produce and have a lot of fun, but by the time I get home, I’m starving and I want to eat something right now. This is my recipe for that scenario. You can make it with just about any fresh vegetable you love.
The only catch: Be sure to use the right goat cheese. You’ll want a semi-ripened cheese for this one; that is, a cheese that’s been aged enough to develop a rind.These cheeses melt much better than fresh (rindless) goat cheeses, and they also have much more flavor.
Tagliatelle with Fresh Veggies and Goat Cheese
Makes 4 servings
8 ounces dried tagliatelle or fettucine
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 cups fresh vegetables, cut into uniform pieces (see Note)
1 cup halved cherry or grape tomatoes
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 scallions (white portion and some tender green tops), sliced (about 1/4 cup)
2 tablespoons snipped fresh parsley, chives, or chervil, or a combination
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
4 ounces soft-ripened goat cheese
1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the tagliatelle according to the package directions; drain.
2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat; add the vegetables and cook until barely tender-crisp, about 4 minutes. Add the tomatoes, wine, and scallions. Cook at an active simmer until the liquid is nearly evaporated, about 5 minutes; stir in the fresh herbs. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Combine the drained pasta, goat cheese, and vegetables in a large bowl. Toss until everything is combined and the cheese partially melts (a few warm, solid chunks are desirable). Divide among four wide, shallow bowls and serve.
Note: Good choices include julienned carrots, trimmed snow peas, sliced summer squash, trimmed and sliced asparagus, and small, tender green beans. The size of the cuts should be somewhat similar so that all of the vegetables cook at the same rate. Fresh spinach is a great addition, but wait to stir it in with the fresh herbs—you want it just to wilt slightly.
Photo credit: Shot of Arles Marketplace by Basykes via Flickr.
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Cost: 185 euros per person (about $240)
Time: 9:30AM- 2PM (approximately 4 1/2 hours)
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