Step away from the boxed macaroni and cheese. Roasted tomato, basil, and goat cheese pasta to the weeknight dinner rescue!
It’s probably pretty obvious from one look at the recipe index on this blog (p.s. I have a sparkly new recipe index…check it out!!) that I’m not a huge pasta lover. I’ll definitely eat it if it’s served to me and I do like it, but it’s not usually the first thing (or second or third) on my go-to list for dinner. This Goat Cheese Pasta Sauce is a game changer!
Fast forward to third trimester of pregnancy and I want ALL THE CARBS, specifically in pasta form. Not much sounds better to me when I come home from work than a box of Annie’s macaroni and cheese with a side of Sun Chips or brussels sprouts if I’m feeling healthy.
Since pasta has been sounding so good to me lately and one can (should?) only eat so much macaroni and cheese, I decided to go a different route this weekend and combine roasted tomatoes with goat cheese. AMAZING.
Luckily this roasted tomato basil and goat cheese pasta dish is really not much more complicated than making the box of pasta and powdered cheese. The great thing about roasting tomatoes is they hardly take any time (15 minutes, tops!) and while they are roasting, you can get the pasta cooked, basil chopped, and goat cheese ready, so when they are done all you have to do is toss it all together and dinner is served.
While this dish might not be seasonal-friendly quite yet, I can just imagine how handy this tomato and goat cheese pasta sauce is going to be when my tomato plants are (fingers and toes crossed) bursting with cherry tomatoes, my basil plant is overflowing, and I have fresh goat cheese or mozzarella on hand at all times.
Which brings me to another thing – the cheese! I absolutely loved the creamy and tangy goat cheese in this pasta, but it would be wonderful with chunks of mozzarella, too, tossed in at the end to get slightly warm from the pasta, but not enough to completely melt.
Finished off with a drizzle of balsamic reduction, this meal was pasta perfection.
We’ve been eating lots of easy pasta dishes lately! Definitely need to add this one to our menu!
I am so making this for our next pasta night! Roasting the tomatoes is the perfect idea!
Ooo this pasta dish looks so light and fresh! And I love that you added the goat cheese! I go through phases with pasta … sometimes I want lots of it and then other times not so much!
Oh man, this looks good! I love the sound of the roasted tomatoes with goat cheese. And the drizzle of balsamic glaze on top!
I’m a pasta fiend so I hope pregnancy works the opposite way for me as it does for you otherwise I’m completely screwed. You’re so teeny tiny that you can afford to eat as many carbs as you want.
As a pasta lover I have to say a big THANK YOU to your pregnancy cravings! soooo in love with this dish!
This looks AMAZING!! So excited to try it!
Thanks For Sharing this amazing recipe. My family loved it. I will be sharing this recipe with my friends. Hope the will like it.