Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Power of Pinterest

I'm still trying to figure out Pinterest, but, so far, it has helped me find some delicious recipes. It's been a lot of fun discovering new dishes and "pinning" them for inspiration. This recipe I'm about to share with you is one such Pinterest-inspired dinner.

Whole Wheat Pasta with Goat Cheese, Arugula and Peas
Yields: 4 servings
-4 cups whole wheat penne pasta
-1 cup frozen peas
-1 tablespoon olive oil
-2 handfuls of arugula leaves
-Salt and black pepper, to taste
-Dried parsley 
-Crushed red pepper flakes
-1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
-Lemon juice

1.) In a large saucepan, bring salted water to a boil. Add pasta, and cook for about 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
2.) Add peas to boiling pasta water and cook for two more minutes, or until pasta is al dente. 
3.) Drain pasta and peas in a colander, then return to pot. Reduce heat to medium and add olive oil, arugula, salt, black pepper, parsley and crushed red pepper. Toss to combine. 
4.) Add goat cheese and squirt lemon juice over the pasta (about 1 tbsp.). Stir, and serve. 

The end result was a surprisingly light, creamy dish that was fairly nutritious to boot. Z and I both had cold leftovers for lunch the next day, which was just as good - if not better - as the original warm dish. I will definitely be making this dish again when the weather gets warmer (and stays warmer). 

Are you on Pinterest? If so, what do you think of it?


  1. I think I'm the last one to have not joined pinterest. glad you find it useful though!

  2. I'm not on Pinterest, but I get a lot of hits on my blog from it!

  3. I'm not sold on Pinterest since it seems photo oriented and I don't take photographs, but your recipes are always amazing. This one looks like the perfect mid-week healthy dinner! Love the fact you used whole wheat pasta.

    1. Thanks, Frederick! I'm a big fan of whole wheat pasta (and flour). I rarely use the "regular" stuff.

  4. I love pinterest and also get a lot of great ideas there (not just food but also fashion, home, travel, etc). I just started following you!

    1. Thanks for the follow, Bianca!

  5. I'm on Pinterest here:

    I've found a few good recipes, but I use it more for a visual record of inspiration.

    1. Thanks, Liz! I just followed you.

  6. I really like Pinterest. I'm still getting used to using it, but I like it for saving recipes I want to try and cataloging wedding ideas!

  7. That looks so delicious and simple! I'm also still getting used to Pinterest. I kind of use it in spurts - one day I'm all over it, and then I forget about it. It is great for recipe inspiration though!