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!

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