Creamy Goat Cheese Pasta with Spinach


Creamy Goat Cheese and Spinach Pasta is a snap to put together on a weeknight. The sauce is made creamy with goat cheese and pasta water. Recipe on Shutterbean.com!

The way to my heart? Vegetables and greens.

I know, I’m a rare bird.

The way to my husband’s heart is pasta.

Preferably creamy pasta.

Creamy Goat Cheese and Spinach Pasta is a snap to put together on a weeknight. The sauce is made creamy with goat cheese and pasta water. Recipe on Shutterbean.com!

I was thumbing through my copy of Back Pocket Pasta, looking for inspiration the other day and realized I had all of the ingredients to make this Creamy Goat Cheese Pasta with Spinach. I forgot that many years ago I made a recipe that also went over well that used goat cheese as the creamy agent. Like that pasta, this one uses the combination of goat cheese and pasta water to make a sauce. It’s pure alchemy. It’s really silly how easy it is.

Creamy Goat Cheese and Spinach Pasta is a snap to put together on a weeknight. The sauce is made creamy with goat cheese and pasta water. Recipe on Shutterbean.com!

This pasta comes together so fast with the simplest ingredients. Plus it marries our two loves together. Greens and creamy pasta. Match made in heaven, I say!

Put this one in the TO DO list for a quick weeknight supper. Trust!

Ingredients are gathered. I usually could scrounge up these items from my pantry staples.

Creamy Goat Cheese and Spinach Pasta is a snap to put together on a weeknight. The sauce is made creamy with goat cheese and pasta water. Recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Microplanes are life. If you don’t have one, MAKE IT YOUR BUSINESS TO HAVE ONE.

Also, note that you need to replace them every few years. They get dull.

When you get a new one after using your old one for years you’ll be amazed at the difference.

Creamy Goat Cheese and Spinach Pasta is a snap to put together on a weeknight. The sauce is made creamy with goat cheese and pasta water. Recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Pasta water is essential for this dish. Remember to save a bunch when you are draining the pasta.

Creamy Goat Cheese and Spinach Pasta is a snap to put together on a weeknight. The sauce is made creamy with goat cheese and pasta water. Recipe on Shutterbean.com!

First, you cook pasta. Linguine was my choice.  Then you add the goat cheese in crumbles.

Followed by some of the pasta water.

Creamy Goat Cheese and Spinach Pasta is a snap to put together on a weeknight. The sauce is made creamy with goat cheese and pasta water. Recipe on Shutterbean.com!

It gets creamy! STIR.

Thin it out with more pasta water.

WORK FAST.

Creamy Goat Cheese and Spinach Pasta is a snap to put together on a weeknight. The sauce is made creamy with goat cheese and pasta water. Recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Stir in the spinach.

Creamy Goat Cheese and Spinach Pasta is a snap to put together on a weeknight. The sauce is made creamy with goat cheese and pasta water. Recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Keep stirring and add more of the pasta water.

I used a few cups of it. Maybe two. It will help make it saucy.

Creamy Goat Cheese and Spinach Pasta is a snap to put together on a weeknight. The sauce is made creamy with goat cheese and pasta water. Recipe on Shutterbean.com!

The spinach wilts. Add lemon zest and lemon juice.

Creamy Goat Cheese and Spinach Pasta is a snap to put together on a weeknight. The sauce is made creamy with goat cheese and pasta water. Recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Serve! With red pepper flakes if you’re into it (we are).

Creamy Goat Cheese and Spinach Pasta is a snap to put together on a weeknight. The sauce is made creamy with goat cheese and pasta water. Recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Eat right away.

Creamy Goat Cheese and Spinach Pasta is a snap to put together on a weeknight. The sauce is made creamy with goat cheese and pasta water. Recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Look at you! You just added a quick recipe to your arsenal. Now you can win dinner.

Invite two more people over and share!

Creamy Goat Cheese Pasta with Spinach

 

serves 4

recipe slightly adapted from Back Pocket Pasta

 

  • kosher salt
  • 3/4 lb. linguine
  • 4 oz. fresh goat cheese, crumbled
  • 12 oz. baby spinach
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon

 

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add 2 tablespoons of the salt and return to a rolling boil. Add the pasta and cook according to instructions. Reserve about 2 1/2 cups pasta water, drain pasta.

Working quickly, return the pasta to the pot and heat over medium-low heat. Immediately add the goat cheese and 1/2 cup of the pasta water to the pasta, stirring until the cheese melts. Add the spinach and an additional 1/2 cup pasta water and continue to stir until the spinach wilts. Add 1/4 cup of pasta water or more (up to 1 cup), as needed to loosen up the sauce. Season with salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and stir in the lemon zest and juice. Serve pasta directly from the pot.

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  • Ruth

    We have been making pastas from that book every Sunday night (mostly) for almost a year now. We adore all the recipes and I find myself going back to a handful of them again and again. Definitely one of my favorite cookbooks of the last few years!

  • Stephanie Friedman

    making this dish tonight for dinner! thank you for posting 🙂

  • Rebeca

    We had it yesterday and it was so, so good. My boyfriend served it with chopped, fried Marcona almonds on top just because he’s obsessed, but I don’t think it needs any extras.

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