Solution? A standing workstation. Since most standing desks tend to be quite pricey, I fashioned myself one out of a monitor riser and two upside down hanging file holders, one each for my keyboard and mouse. Sure, it's not the most glamorous thing, but it works perfectly fine. After day #2, I am happy to report that I felt more alert throughout the work day and tush pain has subsided :) Do you sit or stand at work? I'm curious to hear if any of you have standing desks and what you think of them.
Now, to the real reason you're here -- creamy two cheese sauce with pasta:
Just look at that creamy gooey goodness:
An unfortunate thing happens when warmer weather rolls around -- I neglect almost all things pasta. Sure, the occasional helping of a chilled picnic pasta salad sneaks in, but for the most part, my apartment is a no noodle zone. My brain has trained my appetite to long for every kind of fresh fruit and vegetable in sight because, hey, soon they will be
Well, funny thing about pasta, you see. Apparently when you deprive yourself of it for too long, it sends cravings to your brain, telling it to override any of that warm weather nonsense and just make some, already. But a cream sauce? Isn't that just a little too much? No, sir. Because it's a light velvety cream sauce... with no cream! Instead, the smooth texture comes from the cottage and Pecorino Romano cheeses melting in harmony. Before you cottage cheese haters click away, hear me out -- it melts, losing its curd-like consistency (which, I hear, is most people's primary objection to the stuff) and turns into a sinfully luscious sauce with a billion (or something) less calories than your traditional Alfredo or cream sauce. I used non-fat cottage cheese, packed full of protein (13 grams in a 1/2 cup, talk about a power food!), and if I hadn't made it myself, I would've never believed it skipped the cream.
Still need some convincing? It uses just four ingredients. (I don't count salt and pepper since Food Network's Five Ingredient Fix omits it, as well.) Four. Most cold cut sandwiches require more than that. In other words, put down that sandwich you've been making for dinner because it's just too hot and make this pasta right now.
Cottage Cheese Cream Sauce over Spaghetti
6 ounces of spaghetti or linguine noodles
1 cup cottage cheese
1 egg yolk
1/2 cup Pecorino Romano cheese (Parmesan would work well, too)
Ground black pepper
Cook the spaghetti per the instructions on the package, reserving 1/4 cup of the pasta water for later use. Drain pasta and set aside. In a small bowl, combine the cottage cheese, egg yolk, and grated cheese. Season with salt and pepper.
In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, add the reserved pasta water and reduce by almost half of its original volume, then whisk in the cottage cheese mixture. Reduce heat to low and continue to whisk mixture until smooth and the cheese has melted. Return the cooked pasta to the saucepan, tossing to coat. Serve with additional grated cheese and more black pepper, if desired. Oh, and marvel at the fact that there is no cream in sight :)
Today is National Julienne Fries Day!