It’s Valentine’s Day – the day to celebrate everything and anything romantic… so why not celebrate by cooking something to stir all your senses, including that aphrodisiac part of you. Reading about aphrodisiac foods, I was amazed to learn how many of them I have in my pantry and fridge:
Almonds Sweet Basil Avocados Arugula Bananas Strawberries and Raspberries Nutmeg
So I decided to make something that will contribute to the loving theme of the day using almonds and sweet basil… I adapted this dish from a Martha Stewart Living magazine. Enjoy!!
GOAT CHEESE AND ALMOND PASTA
1/4 lbs whole wheat pasta -penne, rigatoni or any other tubular pasta would work Small handful sun-dried tomatoes – the dry ones… not the ones packed in oil 1/3 small log of goat cheese Small handful toasted almonds – I used marcona almonds About 10 Fresh Basil leaves, torn or cut in strips Salt and Pepper to taste Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Boil pasta in salted water until al dente. During the last 3 minutes of boiling the pasta, throw in the sun dried tomatoes to rehydrate.
Drain the pasta well, reserving some of the pasta cooking water. Return pasta to the pot.
Drizzle pasta with a bit of olive oil. Add goat cheese in small pieces, basil leaves, pepper and almonds. Add a bit of the pasta water to create a sauce. Toss to combine. Add more water if you feel it’s too dry.
Garnish with added almonds on top.
There are other several recipes I have created for you already that might help you to create romance any day you are in the mood:
Coquito – Nutmeg
Pasta with Marinated Tomatoes – Basil
Arugula-Red Onion Salad – Arugula
Quesadilla Caprese – Basil
Strawberry Banana Smoothie – Strawberries and Bananas
Strawberry Kanten – Strawberry
Baked Pasta and 4 Cheeses – Basil
White Lasagna with Spinach and Almonds – Nutmeg and Almonds