Today I learned I do not like Oregano

After an incredibly fun Memorial Day weekend, I wanted to whip up something to eat before our crazy short week started. Thanks to Real Simple, I found a delicious, healthy and easy pasta meal!

3/4 pound linguine (or your noodle of choice)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups fresh corn - from 2 ears
2 cloves garlic, sliced
kosher salt and black pepper
2 pints cherry / grape tomatoes, halved
2 small zucchini, cut into ribbons with a vegetable peeler (you can just cut them, no one will care)
2 tbsp fresh oregano leaves (or not)
4 ounces crumbled goat cheese

1. Follow the pasta box instructions. Keep 3/4 cup of the cooking water, drain the pasta and return to the pot.
2. While the pasta is doing its thing, heat the oven to 350. Spread the walnuts on a rimmed baking sheet and toast, tossing occasionally, until fragrant - 8-10 minutes.
3. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the corn, garlic, 3/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper and cook. Toss occasionally until the corn is tender. This should take 2-4 minutes.
4. Next, add the cooked corn, tomatoes, zucchini and 1/2 cup of the cooking water to the pot with the pasta. Cook over medium until the liquid is slightly thickened and coats the pasta 2-3 minutes. You can add more cooking water as needed.
5. Serve sprinkled with oregano, walnuts and goat cheese.

As with all recipes, do what you like. I bought my oregano thinking "Maybe today I'll like it!"

Not so much. I picked it off my portion and ate with abandon. Don't feel like you have to fit anyone's mold. If you don't like oregano, add a little more pepper! And don't apologize.

I hope you all had a relaxing Memorial Day weekend!

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