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.



Ingredient Checklist


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

  • 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 Notes

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

Reviews (8)

159 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 36
  • 4 star values: 63
  • 3 star values: 40
  • 2 star values: 16
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 1 stars
Although, I make a new receipe every week using Pinterest, this is actually the first review I’ve ever written. Unfortunately, becasue I didn’t really enjoy this receipe, I felt compelled to leave some feedback. I think the issue here is that it’s lacking a ton of flavor. Maybe garlic could help but the overwhelming amount of spinach, parsley, and cilantro really takes over and really feels like you’re eating the lawn as someone else wrote (I should have read this before I made it). The recipe is seriously missing something while overcompensating with the spinach and more.
Rating: Unrated
As soon as I make it ...daughter can't eat cilantro ...and parsley is harsh ...can I substitute herbs???..Recommendstions..?
Rating: Unrated
Reserved a little more than 1 c. of pasta water so I could play with the consistency. Used my mini chop (mini food processor) and pre-minced the following seperately: 1 bunch of cilantro, 1 bunch parsley, about a 1/2 c. - 1c. of walnuts. I roughly chopped, salted and then crushed garlic and sauteed it for a minute in the pan w/EVO, then added the nuts, then goat cheese and water - followed by the juice and zest of a whole lemon. Add parmesan to thicken - about 1 c. Add greens/pasta/salt.
Rating: 4 stars
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.
Rating: Unrated
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!
Rating: 5 stars
I made this tonight and thought it was GREAT! Thanks Sarah! Once again a wonderfully healthy dinner.
Rating: 2 stars
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.
Rating: Unrated
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.