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Creamy Goat Cheese Pasta with Spinach & Roasted Mushrooms

The temperatures are dropping which means it’s time for comfort food. I guess there is really never a bad time for comfort food, but when it’s dark and cold outside I think comfort food is a must. Pasta is one of my favorite comfort foods and this Creamy Goat Cheese Pasta with Spinach and Roasted Mushrooms is comforting to the very last bite.

This is a great weeknight dinner recipe because it is easy to make and tastes so good after a long day of work. I also like that it is healthier than your average creamy pasta dish. I didn’t use any heavy cream or butter to make this rich and creamy pasta. The goat cheese melts in with the pasta creating a flavorful and creamy pasta dish.

If you don’t think you are a goat cheese fan, don’t turn up your nose just yet. Josh isn’t the biggest goat cheese fan and he loves this pasta dish. The first time I made it he didn’t even know it was goat cheese. I love being sneaky sometimes:)

I also added some vegetables to bulk up the nutritional value and flavor of the pasta. The roasted garlic mushrooms and fresh spinach are so tasty in this pasta dish. I sprinkled in some freshly chopped basil right before serving because fresh basil is always a good idea-especailly when it comes to pasta.

Add Creamy Goat Cheese Pasta with Spinach & Roasted Mushrooms to your dinner menu. This easy meatless pasta dish is a favorite of ours and I think you will enjoy it too!

Creamy Goat Cheese Pasta with Spinach and Roasted Mushrooms

Yield: Serves 6-8

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Creamy goat cheese pasta with spinach and roasted mushrooms. This easy meatless meal is a regular at our dinner table.

Ingredients:

1 (8 ounce package) Crimini mushrooms, stems removed and cut in half
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon minced garlic
Salt and black pepper, to taste
1 lb pasta (we used Rotini)
4 cups spinach, coarsely chopped
6 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
1/3 cup freshly chopped basil
Salt and black pepper, to taste

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place mushrooms in a medium bowl and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Add in garlic and toss. Season with salt and pepper. Spread mushrooms evenly onto a large greased baking sheet. Roast for 15-20 minutes or until mushrooms are tender, stirring once.

2. Cook pasta according to package directions, but before draining, reserve 1 cup cooking water.

3. Toss pasta with roasted mushrooms, spinach, and goat cheese. Add in reserved cooking liquid and stir until the cheese melts and the pasta becomes creamy. Toss in fresh basil and season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

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57 Responses to “Creamy Goat Cheese Pasta with Spinach & Roasted Mushrooms”

  1. 1
    Jessica — November 7, 2012 @ 4:44 am

    This looks fantastic – I love the idea of using goat cheese for the “creaminess factor”.

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    anyone4curryandotherthings — November 7, 2012 @ 7:21 am

    your first line above made me laugh! If this were my post it should read:…tempertures are getting hotter and hotter by the day, humidity higher, too, and powercuts (like a minute ago, AGAIN) increae…….lol, lol
    I love this dish and as always your photography. Ciao, Carina

  3. 3

    Ohhh yummy! I love that you used goat cheese! What a great salad!

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    Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings — November 7, 2012 @ 8:26 am

    I actually have all these ingredients at home- making this!!!

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    This looks delish! And I still have to make Aida’s oven-baked fried chicken!

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    Lori @ RecipeGirl — November 7, 2012 @ 8:32 am

    My kind of dinner- looks perfectly creamy and delicious.

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    marla — November 7, 2012 @ 8:34 am

    Love the flavors in this pasta recipe!

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    Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) — November 7, 2012 @ 8:45 am

    I love any pasta dish with goat cheese – this looks great!

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — November 7, 2012 @ 8:56 am

    HOLYYUM. i love roasted mushrooms, but the addition of goat cheese takes this over the top. need!

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    Dara — November 7, 2012 @ 9:35 am

    I’m eating my breakfast, wishing I was eating this pasta! Perfect healthy comfort food…and who doesn’t like goat cheese?????

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    bridget {bake at 350} — November 7, 2012 @ 9:52 am

    I just love everything about this pasta!!! Cannot wait to make it! And WHY have I never roasted mushrooms before?!?

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    Abby@ The Frosted Vegan — November 7, 2012 @ 9:56 am

    I love pasta, but I love it even more with all those veggies!

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    Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking} — November 7, 2012 @ 9:58 am

    Excellent combination of flavors! I make something similar to this and it really gets gobbled up super fast in my house! :)

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    najwa kronfel — November 7, 2012 @ 10:00 am

    It looks so good, the type of dish that makes me happy :)

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    Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom — November 7, 2012 @ 10:09 am

    OMG, this pasta looks AMAZING! love it!!!

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    Michelle — November 7, 2012 @ 10:16 am

    Maria,

    What would you suggest if you hate mushrooms? This looks so delicious. What other veggie do you think might be a good substitute for the mushrooms?

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    HeatherChristo — November 7, 2012 @ 10:30 am

    this looks SOOOOO good!!! I am obsessed with the goat cheese!!!

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    Bev @ Bev Cooks — November 7, 2012 @ 11:18 am

    I want this so bad it hurts me.

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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — November 7, 2012 @ 12:48 pm

    I love goat cheese! This looks so good. I wish my hubby would eat goat cheese – oh well, more for me :)

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    Becky @ Project Domestication — November 7, 2012 @ 1:05 pm

    I know I’d love this. I’m on a huge mushroom kick right now! I’ve also made that recipe of Kalyn’s that you linked to, yummy.

    And coincidentally, I posted a goat cheese recipe today too!

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    Erica — November 7, 2012 @ 1:29 pm

    The idea of melty goat cheese makes me hungry :) I’m not a mushroom gal, but I think maybe some other green (broccoli?) would be awesome in here too!

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    Deon@ipinnedit.com — November 7, 2012 @ 2:30 pm

    WOWZA! As one who is trying to support my husband’s successful weight loss, this recipe looks like a winner for him!

    BTW, I found you through Pinterest when I pinned your Twix Caramel Popcorn recipe! I switched things up a bit, using Milky Way bars, etc., and wrote about it here: http://www.iPinnedIt.com.

    Thank you so much, guys!

  23. 23
    Joanne — November 7, 2012 @ 3:09 pm

    Maybe it’s somethign to do with the fall weather, but I’ve been craving goat cheese nonstop lately! This recipe would be perfect to satisfy me. :)

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    Katie @ Blonde Ambition — November 7, 2012 @ 5:39 pm

    I’ve never roasted mushrooms before, but it sounds delicious! I am a goat cheese lover, so this is totally my cup of tea :)

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    Kari@Loaves n Dishes — November 7, 2012 @ 5:57 pm

    These are some of my favorite flavors together, with my beloved pasta. Delish!

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    Kari@Loaves n Dishes — November 7, 2012 @ 5:59 pm

    I had to come back and share this on FB because I couldn’t get it off my mind!

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    Joanne @Inspired Taste — November 7, 2012 @ 7:39 pm

    Love this! We’re huge fans of mushrooms and goat cheese, so this is right up our alley! Yum.

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    My sister is all about the mushrooms but I’m not – sounds like it would be great with spinach and peppers too!

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    Alyssa L — November 7, 2012 @ 9:46 pm

    This sounds amazing! I might have to add a little crumbled bacon. I can’t wait!

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    Ooo! I love the colors in this pasta dish.

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    Ruby @ The Ruby Red Apron — November 8, 2012 @ 12:52 am

    I love spinach and goat cheese together, great recipe!

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    Brian @ A Thought For Food — November 8, 2012 @ 8:20 am

    This is just my favorite kind of dish! A big bowl of comfort!

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    Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs — November 8, 2012 @ 8:23 pm

    Yum! Goat cheese is awesome, isn’t it? This looks like the perfect homey delicious dish!

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    Jessica — November 8, 2012 @ 8:48 pm

    FANTASTIC recipe!!!!!! I made as is. The best part is, is that all 4 kids loved it!!!! Definitely a keeper!!! Thank you!!!

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    AnnaG — November 9, 2012 @ 4:59 am

    I had some roasted mushrooms in the fridge and we made this dish last night — yummy … enjoyed by all!

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    Lauren @ Part Time House Wife — November 9, 2012 @ 7:04 am

    Mmmmm… love a good creamy pasta for a night in need of comfort food. This looks like the perfect combo

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    Carlas Confections — November 9, 2012 @ 3:04 pm

    I just love roasted mushrooms, and a huge fan of pasta recipes. I am defintiely pinning this one :)

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    Max @CupOfSeider — November 11, 2012 @ 10:53 am

    Any goat cheese pasta recipe makes me a happy lactose-free individual! Can’t wait to try this out :)

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    Diana @ Eating Made Easy — November 11, 2012 @ 9:56 pm

    Love this recipe. I’m a pasta fanatic – thanks for making it healthy too!

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