spaghetti with arugula and ricotta cheese.

it’s sunday, and today is we celebrate sophomores who have declared their majors at our annual sophomore pinning ceremony. a milestone!

i like that we celebrate sophomores this way. declaring a major is a big deal and something to be shared with joy. i find that more first year students that i work with come in having not declared a major, because they aren’t sure what they like, haven’t thought about it, or putting it off until they absolutely have to choose.

i went into college already declared as a psychology major. you know how they talk about how most people change their major at least once in college? wasn’t me.

i was the other kid–changing their minor.

i went from pre-med to english to non-profit leadership. dabbled in spanish. ended up not being able to decide that i graduated with no minor. oh, how i wish i could have graduated with a minor in general studies!

so, shoutout to all the sophomores who have declared their majors! this is your day.

if you went to college, when did you declare your major?
and, did you have any milestone celebrations aside from your first year and senior year?

spaghetti with arugula and ricotta cheese
printable recipe – adapted from local flavors cookbook

yield 4 servings

1/2 pound spaghetti noodles
1 bag arugula
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more to finish
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
sprinkle of nutmeg
1 lemon, cut into slices, to finish
1/2 cup ricotta
fresh parmesan cheese, shaved or grated
salt and pepper, to taste

cook pasta according to the directions on the package. drain and set aside.

in a large saucepan over medium heat, add olive oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes. once the garlic turns light brown, add arugula, a sprinkle of nutmeg, salt, and pepper. cook until the arugula is just wilting. this will take about 3 minutes. i don’t like my greens overly wilted, because i like the texture.

add pasta to the pan with ricotta. mix until everything is evenly distributed. season once more with salt and pepper, to taste.

to serve, drizzle a little olive oil and squeeze a little lemon juice over your dish. top with shaved parmesan cheese. delish!


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