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Under 30 Minutes

Under 30 Minutes

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.

  • prep: 10 mins
    total time: 20 mins
  • servings: 4

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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

Cook's Note

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

Directions

  1. Step 1

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

  2. Step 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.

Source
Everyday Food, November 2012

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Reviews (4)

  • 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!

  • 20 Feb, 2013

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

  • 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.

  • 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.