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Lemony Pasta with Goat Cheese and Spinach

This is one of the quickest, most efficient suppers on the planet. Creamy goat cheese makes its own sauce, but it needs the fresh brightness of lemon to really pop.

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  • Servings: 4
Lemony Pasta with Goat Cheese and Spinach

Source: Everyday Food, November 2012

Ingredients

  • Salt and pepper
  • 3/4 pound spaghettini or spaghetti
  • 4 ounces fresh goat cheese
  • 10 ounces baby spinach (10 cups)
  • 3 cups fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 cups fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest plus 1 tablespoon juice
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnuts, chopped

Directions

  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions. Reserve 2 cups pasta water, then drain.

  2. In pot, stir together goat cheese and 1 cup pasta water over medium. Add pasta, spinach, parsley, cilantro, lemon zest and juice, and more pasta water if necessary to create a light sauce that coats pasta; season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with walnuts and serve.

Cook's Note

This dish has a double dose of lemon: Juice adds tartness, while zest contributes a softer, more floral flavor.

Reviews (6)

  • Cooking_for_the_Catalan 24 Nov, 2014

    We enjoyed this recipe but it does need a little tweaking. I used only 1 cup of the pasta cooking water and I still felt that the sauce was too light so next time I'll use more goat cheese. I roughly chopped the spinach since my daughter isn't fond of large pieces of spinach (yes my 18 month old old it!) I agree with the reviewer that it could use more richness. Perhaps next time I'll grind the walnuts in the food processor and mix into the sauce, & still top with some toasted walnuts.

  • Cooking_for_the_Catalan 24 Nov, 2014

    Oh yes, and garlic! Next time I'll saute some minced or sliced garlic in the pan before adding the goat cheese, herbs, etc.

  • skyebean 2 Aug, 2014

    Bacon. It needs bacon. My husband loved it as is, but I think the acid of the lemon, along with the greens, needs to be balanced with some richness. I'm going to try Black Forest next time. I loved that it had so many nutrient rich greens it it, though I was a bit apprehensive while cooking it. I cooked them down a bit, and they were perfect!

  • adamseven9 20 Feb, 2013

    I made this tonight and thought it was GREAT! Thanks Sarah! Once again a wonderfully healthy dinner.

  • Jennianydots 20 Feb, 2013

    Not a fan of this one. I didn't add all of the herbs and even still it felt like I was eating the lawn. I agree w/ the other commenter that it was missing something, but i couldn't quite figure it out.

  • pattipoopidoo 1 Nov, 2012

    This was good, and easy. Goat cheese adds nice tang and is really tasty, but even though there was a ton of cilantro and parsley, it was still missing something. Maybe some smoked salmon and arugula next time instead of spinach.

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