Goat Cheese Pasta

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Simple and delicious are the best ways to describe this pasta dish. Goat cheese has a wonderful tangy bite to it that makes for such a wonderful sauce. Goat Cheese Pasta is going to be a favorite at your dinner table just like it was at mine. This is a perfect weeknight meal because it is easy and quick to pull together.

Goat Cheese Pasta

I used orecchiette pasta, but you can use any small or “short” pasta with this sauce. I like the orecchiette because it holds sauces well. It is also a thicker pasta so it holds up to the richness of this sauce. If you can’t find that particular type of pasta look for something with “ribbing” or texture on them. I don’t like “cooked” spinach – that’s why I add it right at the last moment of making this dish. It does not get slimy or icky at all – keeping its bright green color and flavor.

Goat Cheese Pasta

I made a delicious homemade Rosemary Focaccia (check out my Instagram to see where I got the recipe @homemadeonaweeknight). You could do any sort of breadstick, roll, or go green with a salad – if you need a side dish.

Goat Cheese Pasta

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Goat Cheese Pasta

Sausage and spinach in a creamy goat cheese sauce over orecchiette.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword cheese sauce, goat cheese, Pasta, pasta dishes, Sausage, spinach
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • lb Ground Italian Sausage
  • 2 lb Orecchiette Pasta
  • 1 lb Goat Cheese
  • 1 cup Fresh Spinach chopped
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 1 tsp Tarragon
  • 3 Garlic Cloves minced
  • ½ White Onion minced
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth

Instructions

  • Prepare all of the ingredients. Start water boiling for pasta.
  • In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add sausage. Crumble and cook until no longer pink. Remove sausage from pan, reserving grease. Reduce heat to medium and add onions, garlic and seasonings. Saute for 4 minutes.
  • Add pasta to boiling water and cook as directed on the package. Drain in colander and rinse with cool water.
  • Add goat cheese to onions and garlic. Crumble and stir until melted. Stir in heavy cream and lemon juice. Let cook 2 minutes then add chicken broth. Return sausage to pan and combine. Add cooked pasta to pan and toss to evenly coat. Lastly, remove pan from heat and stir in spinach.

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Published by Estelle Forrest

I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of my adult life and plan to stay forever – while traveling a lot. I am currently running a General Contracting business with my husband out of our home. Between us we have 6 kids in our blended family, 4 of which live with us full-time. We are a highly active family during the week – sports, bands, dance classes – as well as on the weekend – camping, hiking, car shows, and concerts. We like to go go go, but when it comes to dinnertime, we mostly like to dine-in! I love to create things with my hands and have probably tried almost every craft out there at least once or twice. Cooking is a huge part of my life. No matter what anyone says – you can taste the difference in the food if it was made with love. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me, but to the people I care about.

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