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Asparagus and Goat Cheese Orecchiette

Posted Apr 21 2011 11:55am

Good morning! Wait, it’s afternoon already? Crazy. Well, good afternoon! Hope you’re all doing well :) It is a rainy, grey day outside today so I’m glad I’m inside!

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Thanks for all your comments on Week 4 of the February Grocery Event ! It’s funny that people either love or hate grocery shopping! I’m definitely in the love camp, but I can understand why people hate it too. Sometimes it’s the last thing I feel like doing! More often than not though, I love the time I spend reading labels and checking my list.

Lynne asked if I used CouponSTL , and I have started because you suggested it, so thank you! It’s a pretty helpful tool, because it rounds up sales and coupons for local stores. I’ve also been using Saving in St. Louis as another local round-up site.

As for nationwide blogs, I posted about Organic Deals before (such a lifesaver with coupons!) and I’ve also been using Healthy Life Deals . I like that one because it gives a rundown of Whole Foods sales in your region and stacks coupons for you.

LauraB asked if I print coupons out online and the answer is yes! I’ve started doing this more and more. I usually use the links from those blogs above. Sometimes it will lead me to a couponing site, sometimes to a facebook page, sometimes their website. They make “official” online coupons so you know if it’s a real coupon or not, and I’ve never had a problem using them!

In order to keep the Grocery posts prevalent, I created a super simple button that I will leave in the right hand column. Just click this to find all posts tagged “groceries!” Check it out --->

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The next most important question is:
who won the Chobani giveaway?!

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The winner is comment #87, from Natalie at The Sweets Life ! Natalie is a local STL blogger that I hope to meet someday soon. She’s also an awesome cook with great photos and recipes on her blog, so I encourage all of you to follow her! Natalie, email me your address! everylittlethingblog at gmail dot com.

Now, on to my dinner from a couple nights ago, Asparagus and Goat Cheese Orecchiette. Another meatless wonder that was so tasty. I saw this recipe on Amanda’s blog, Grains of Paradise , and it looked phenomenal. She named it “Adult Mac and Cheese” and it really is!

Orecchiette is just a type of pasta, so don’t let that intimidate you. I found it at Whole Foods. It’s shaped like a disc (actually, the name comes from its likeness to an ear!) and is ideal for vegetable dishes. My ingredients for 2-4 servings included:

3/4lb orecchiette pasta
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 red onion, diced
1 bunch asparagus, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
2 tbsp lemon juice (didn’t have fresh on-hand, boo)
salt and pepper, to taste
2-3 tbsp organic goat cheese (use as much as you want!)
1 tbsp chives
freshly grated parmesan cheese, for topping

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In a large pot, boil pasta until just al dente, about 11 minutes. Reserve 3/4 cup of pasta water. Drain and set aside. Meanwhile, chop your onion and crack your asparagus. I chopped onion for a slow cooker meal that’s simmering away right now, so I was a bit teary-eyed!

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I’ve gotten a lot better with my chopping!

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In a large, deep skillet, heat the oil until simmering. Add onion and cook over medium heat until soft, about 5 minutes. Add your asparagus and red pepper and cook until just tender, about 2 minutes.

Add pasta, reserved cooking water, lemon juice, and salt and pepper. Cook and stir for about 2 minutes, until the asparagus becomes even more tender. Add your goat cheese and chives and stir until just melted.

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Serve with shredded parm on top.

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Asparagus is in season in some parts of the US, so it’s on sale in most grocery stores. It most notably contains folate (a B vitamin) which helps fight heart disease, as well as vitamins E, A, and C!

Organic asparagus is somewhat hard to find, but it’s fairly low on the pesticide list. I used conventional for this recipe, and washed it well.

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(Matt likes way more red pepper than I do!)

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This recipe served both of us and left a hearty lunch the next day.

I love you, goat cheese.

Thanks to everyone for participating in my Chobani giveaway. I have two more coming up that I think you’ll love, so stay tuned!

Question: What’s your favorite kind of pasta?

(Orecchiette might be a new favorite, but shells will always be up there!)

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