Pasta with Pesto Goat Cheese Sauce

Outside the snow is piled into 5 foot drifts and the temperatures are beyond frigid.  I suppose I shouldn’t complain – yesterday was a balmy 25°.  Of course now the temperatures have plummeted back into the teens with overnight lows below 0, and there’s snow in the forecast.  That means 2 things: 1) I’ve been spending a lot of time in sweat pants to stay warm and 2) Comfort food cravings.  You know what I mean… When the weather outside makes you want to stay curled up and cozy inside you want hearty food to fill your belly and warm your bones.  So today I’m sharing with you my current comfort food addictions: Pasta with Pesto Goat Cheese Sauce.

Pesto Goat Cheese Pasta

This creamy, gooey dish with it’s crisp panko topping really hits the spot.  It’s kind of like a grown-up mac and cheese, and it’s DELICIOUS!  This dish is quick enough and easy enough to make on a weeknight.  It’s also a great way to use pesto (check out our recipe to make your own) leftover in the fridge… maybe from our Pesto Pizza?  One bite of this dish and you won’t be able to put your fork down!

Pasta with Pesto Goat Cheese Sauce

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Serves: 2

Ingredients

4 oz. Pasta
1/2 c. Milk (Whole is best)
4 oz. Goat Cheese
6 tbsp. Parmesan Cheese
2 tbsp. Pesto
3/8 tsp. Salt
1/4 tsp. Pepper
Topping
1/2 tbsp. Butter, melted
1/2 tbsp. chopped Basil
1/4 c. Panko
1 tbsp. Parmesan cheese
pinch Garlic Powder

1.  Boil pasta according to package directions.  I like to use a fun pasta shape but you can use whatever you like.

2.  While the water is heating for the pasta, warm the milk over medium heat.

3.  Once the milk is steaming crumble the goat cheese into the milk and whisk until smooth.  Then whisk in the parmesan.

4.  Stir the pesto into the goat cheese sauce and  season with salt and pepper.  Cook until sauce reaches the desired thickness.

Pesto Goat Cheese Sauce

5.  Stir the sauce into the pasta and transfer to a baking dish.

6.  Combine topping ingredients and sprinkle over pasta.

Top with Bread Crumbs

7.  Brown under the broiler, just make sure to keep your eye on it so it doesn’t burn!  You want the topping crisp and golden.

Broil

The tang of the goat cheese will make this dish a unique addition to your recipe collection.  You’ll love it!  If you’re looking for a traditional mac and cheese check out our World’s Best Mac and Cheese or if you’re looking for other winter weather dishes try one of our soups (Chicken Noodle, Butternut Squash, **FIX** or Lasagna), our Tortellini with Creamy Tomato Sauce and Sausage, our Semi-Homemade Lasagna, our Lasagna Spaghetti Squash, our Easy Chicken Pot Pie, or our Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole.  Stay warm and keep your tummy happy!

Roasted Garlic Guacamole and Super Bowl Sunday

It’s that time of year again… Super Bowl Sunday!  For sports fans that means potentially one of the best football games of the year – though last year was a big let down.  If you’re not into sports, the day is probably more about the food and the commercials.  Whatever you’re looking forward to, we’re here to make sure your game day menu is delicious!

I’ve got plenty of cooking to do myself so I’m going to keep this short and sweet today.  I have a super-easy, super-tasty recipe to share with you today that is perfect for football munching…

Roasted Garlic Guacamole

Prep Time: 15-20 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients

1 Avocado
2 cloves Garlic, unpeeled
1+ tbsp. Lime Juice
2 tbsp. chopped Fresh Cilantro
1/8 tsp. Salt

1.  First you need to roast the garlic.  Put the cloves, still in their skins, in a skillet and turn heat onto medium.  Once that side is browned, flip the garlic cloves, continuing to cook until it is roasted on all sides.  Set aside to cool.

Roasted Garlic

2.  Once garlic has cooled, peel it and place it in a bowl.  (I use a molcajete, one of those giant Mexican stone mortar and pestles, and it works like a dream.)  Mash the garlic cloves using a fork or pestle.

3.  Halve and pit your avocado (see Tips for Cooking with Avocado) and scoop the flesh on top of the garlic.  Mash until fairly smooth making sure to mix in the garlic.

4.  Stir in lime juice, cilantro, and salt, and you’re done!  It’s generally best to make it about 30 minutes before you want to eat it to let the flavors meld.  If you’re worried about browning, put the pit in the guacamole and press plastic wrap onto the surface.

Guacamole

Serve with a warm bowl of tortilla chips.  If you’re looking to round out your menu, try pairing it with our**FIX** Garden Fresh Salsa or Southwestern Bean Dip.

This stuff is delicious on tacos and pairs particularly well with our Chipotle Stout Braised Beef whether it’s in tacos or empanadas.

Curious about what I’ll be serving today?  We’ll be enjoying Bacon-Wrapped Scallops, shrimp cocktail, crab rangoon, Tomato and Goat Cheese Tartlets, green bean fries, and zucchini chips.  YUM!

Want more ideas?  Take a look at last year’s Super Bowl post or check out these tasty appetizers and snacks that are sure to make your Super Bowl party a hit:

Maple Candied Bacon

Mac and Cheese Bites

Sausage Balls

Spanakopita Bites