My Trip to Italy

Everyone I know is going to Italy.

Okay, not everyone. But an annoying number of people that I know have traveled to my favorite country recently – or plan to in the very near future. And though I tell them to take lots of pictures and have a great time, I am secretly seething and radiating with jealousy. Because that’s the kind of person I am.

Here’s the thing – I’ve never been to Italy. When I tell people this they ask, “Well, how do you know it’s your favorite country if you’ve never been there?” A fairly reasonable question, given the circumstances. And what is my response to this logical request for additional information? “Because I just know, okay? I know.”

Not surprisingly, the conversation usually ends there.

Go ahead - tell me you don't want to go, too...

But seriously – I have wanted to go to Italy for over six years now. Which, if put into perspective, isn’t really that long. But it feels like an eternity to me. Especially when I’m bombarded with tales of other peoples travels. It feels a little like the universe is taunting me, which isn’t anything new – but it’s still annoying.

I am a solutions kind of girl, though. And I’m determined to make my trip to Italy happen within the next year. I think with an agressive savings plan and a couple of rounds of Beginner’s Italian via Rosetta Stone, I should be able to finally set foot in my favorite country next summer.

In the meantime, I’ve decided if I can’t actually go to Italy this year, I’m going to do my best to eat like I’m there. Which is why I’ve been buying pasta like mad. And hey, planning a bit trip is a lot of work. I’m carbo-loading to keep my strength up. And to give me yet another excuse to eat pesto…As if I needed one, right?

Tomato, Asparagus & Pesto Fettuccine 

  • 16oz dried fettuccine
  • 1 small container (10oz) cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 small bunch of asparagus, sliced
  • ½ cup of basil pesto
  • ½ cup of warm water
  • ¼ cup of olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 4oz goat cheese
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Cook fettuccine in a large saucepan of boiling, salted water, following packet instructions. Drain well and return pasta to pan with olive oil to keep warm.

In a large skillet, heat a little olive oil on medium-high heat. Add tomatoes, asparagus and garlic and sauté for 2 to 4 minutes, until tomatoes collapse. Toss with the hot pasta and stir in pesto and ½ cup of warm water. Season with salt and pepper and top with goat cheese.

Goat cheese makes everything better. This is not an opinion, it’s a fact – so don’t argue with me. And this pasta – though ridiculously simple – is really delicious. Or, in Italian, delizioso.

One Italian word down, only around 999,999 left to master. No sweat…

Italy, I’ll see you soon!

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8 Responses to My Trip to Italy

  1. I think Italy would be beautiful. It’s on my list, for sure. However, I’m waiting around for my rich husband to take me there. So for the time being, I’m working on the spots in the U.S. that I haven’t been to. So when I find this rich husband, we won’t waste our time on the small stuff. :p

    • Molly says:

      There is a lot in the U.S. I haven’t seen too, so maybe I should focus on a few local attractions for now…A rich husband would definitely accelerate travel plans. :)

  2. Kacy says:

    I feel the same way! I’m dying to go there! But trips to Europe scare me. They take so much money and vacation days. It’s such a commitment. This pasta is a nice consolation prize until I get the balls to make it happen :)

  3. Ok, well I’m not going to Italy any time soon. There, does that help? All better?

    Seriously, though, I’m really trying to plan a trip to Europe ASAP. It’s been way too long. Paris called and said it misses me. So really, I’m obligated to go. Right..?

  4. I 100% agree that it is your favorite country, maybe because it’s mine and I think everyone should get on board.

    When you go, let me know- I’m full of fun suggestions!

  5. kilax says:

    I really hope you do get to go to Italy next year! A coworker of mine just spent two weeks there for his honeymoon! I lived there for a bit and really liked it. The food, oh, the food… Oh! And the sights! But the food…

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