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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.

Source: Everyday Food, November 2012
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Cook's Notes

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

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  • MS11554861
    5 JUL, 2017
    As soon as I make it ...daughter can't eat cilantro ...and parsley is harsh ...can I substitute herbs???..Recommendstions..?
  • chikpea
    12 MAY, 2015
    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.
  • 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.
  • MS10944325
    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.
  • CiaNahac
    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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