Pasta with Goat Cheese, Spinach & Peas

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Goat Cheese Pasta
Pasta with Goat Cheese, Spinach & Peas

Here is a simple recipe for a quick pasta dish. My friend Sunshine made a version of this (with roasted zucchini) when I visited her in Duluth several years ago. She only had one child then...and now she has her beautiful daughter, B and twin sons O & S. What makes this dish so easy is that you don't need to make a sauce...just melt some goat cheese with the pasta water!

Goat Cheese Pasta
For this dish, simply boil pasta. In the last minute of cooking, I threw in some fresh baby spinach. Pull out a cup of the pasta water and set aside. While it is cooking, nuke some frozen peas until hot (or throw them into the pasta water).

In a large bowl, whisk together the goat cheese (I used 2 1/2 ounces, but you can add the whole 5 ounce package depending on your taste preference) and about 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Add the drained pasta and spinach, and throw in the hot peas. Toss to combine and add more pasta water if needed.

Goat Cheese Pasta
This is adapted from Everyday Food's Pasta with Goat Cheese and Roasted Asparagus.

To those affected by Sandy, my thoughts are with you, your family and community. The photos are heartbreaking. I hope everyone donates to the Red Cross or assistance organization. - mary 
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DPLK said... [Reply to comment]

Mary, I was inspired by your post to make this dish for dinner last night. I had a little bit of goat cheese left over in the fridge, and I combined that with a bit of pecorino, a splash of lemon juice, and the pasta water to make the sauce. I also added some sauteed chopped bacon (what isn't better with bacon, haha) and lots of peas. My husband and I really loved it! Total winner, thanks for posting!!

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karrie said... [Reply to comment]

I was watching Giada on the foodnetwork and she made something very similar. I can't wait to try this.

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