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Goat Cheese Lemon Pasta with Kale

Goat Cheese Lemon Pasta with Kale-this fresh and flavorful pasta dish takes less than 30 minutes to make! Add it to your menu today!

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Everyone at our house has come down with spring fever. This is the only fever that I don’t want to take medicine for. I am fine having spring fever all season long. We have been spending our days going on walks, shooting hoops, eating lunch on our patio, and playing at the park.

We usually go the park after Caleb’s afternoon nap and stay until dinner time. The other day I lost track of time and we ended up staying at the park well into dinner time. Caleb was having too much fun swinging, sliding, and running around the baseball field. When we got home I quickly looked in the fridge and in our pantry and decided to make one of favorite quick and easy pasta dishes, Goat Cheese Lemon Pasta with Kale. It takes less than 30 minutes to make and is super tasty.

Goat Cheese Lemon Pasta with Kale Recipe on Love this simple and fresh pasta dish!

Josh washed Caleb up while I got down to business. I used DeLallo’s Organic Whole Wheat Farfelle because I knew Caleb would gobble up this pasta. He loves eating butterfly pasta:) And to be honest, so do I! Farfelle is such a fun shape!

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While the pasta was cooking, I heated olive oil in a pan and sautéed shallot and garlic until tender. I added in a pinch of red pepper flakes, fresh lemon juice, and lemon zest. I love the pop the lemon gives this pasta dish.

Goat Cheese Lemon Pasta with Kale Recipe on Takes less than 30 minutes to make and it's SO good!

I drained the pasta and put it back in the pot. I crumbled the goat cheese over the pasta and stirred until it was nice and creamy. I added the kale and lemon mixture and seasoned with salt and black pepper.

By the time Josh and Caleb were done splashing around at the sink and setting the table, I had dinner ready! I love that is pasta is so easy to make, but tastes amazing!

I guess we all worked up an appetite at the park because dinner was pretty quiet. We were all busy enjoying our Goat Cheese Lemon Pasta with Kale. Caleb did make us laugh a few times by flying his butterflies high in the sky:)

Short on time but still want a fresh and flavorful meal? Make Goat Cheese Lemon Pasta with Kale. It is the perfect pasta dish for spring!

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Goat Cheese Lemon Pasta with Kale

Yield: Serves 4-6

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

This fresh and flavorful pasta dish takes less than 30 minutes to make!


12 ounces pasta (we used DeLallo's Organic Whole Wheat Farfalle)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium shallot, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
Dash of crushed red pepper flakes
Zest of 1 large lemon
Juice of 1 large lemon
1 small bunch kale (about 5 cups), coarsely chopped, stems removed
5 ounces goat cheese
Salt and black pepper, to taste


1. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Salt the water and cook pasta according to package directions.

2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the shallot and garlic. Cook until tender, about 4-5 minutes. Add a dash of crushed red pepper flakes. Stir in the chopped kale. Stir and add the lemon zest and lemon juice. Cook until kale leaves are wilted and tender.

3. Carefully drain the pasta. Return to pot. Crumble the goat cheese over the hot pasta and stir until creamy. Add the kale/lemon mixture. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Serve immediately.

Disclosure-this post is in partnership with DeLallo, but all our opinions are our own.

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89 Responses to “Goat Cheese Lemon Pasta with Kale”

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  1. Christy — March 26, 2014 @ 5:22 am

    Ooooh, this certainly looks good to beat any blues away; especially when it comes to sickness! I love the butterfly shapes too; you’re really creative :-)
    Hope all of you get well soon! 😉

  2. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — March 26, 2014 @ 6:38 am

    I love him simple this pasta is…goat cheese is one my favorites because it’s flavor is so mild but it’s so so creamy! Adding this to my “rockin’ weeknight dinner ideas” list! Pinned

  3. Maryea {happy healthy mama} — March 26, 2014 @ 6:56 am

    This definitely looks like a great weeknight meal. Pasta tends to be a go-to for me when I need something super quick. And goat cheese is always a smart addition!

  4. Chloe @ foodlikecake — March 26, 2014 @ 7:31 am

    This looks like such a good pasta!

  5. These pasta looks lovely and fresh and perfect springtime lunch

  6. Kate — March 26, 2014 @ 8:02 am

    I’m not a fan of goat cheese but the rest of the recipe sounds great. What other type of cheese could I use in this dish?

  7. Kevin @ Closet Cooking — March 26, 2014 @ 9:18 am

    This pasta sounds nice and bright and tasty!

  8. Melanie @ Carmel Moments — March 26, 2014 @ 9:18 am

    I’ve still never tried goat cheese. I have no idea why. I love so many other cheeses. Definitely lovin’ the lemon with the kale.

  9. Jenny Flake — March 26, 2014 @ 9:25 am

    Love a flavorful simple pasta dish! Great flavors!!

  10. Heather Christo — March 26, 2014 @ 9:42 am

    This seriously has all of my favorite things in it and it is making my tummy rumble!!

  11. Maria @ CooksAid — March 26, 2014 @ 9:43 am

    Looks delicious! I am definitely going to give this a try! Pasta is a quick go-to staple in our house too.

  12. Heidi @foodiecrush — March 26, 2014 @ 9:43 am

    You have all of my favorite flavors packed in there.

  13. Love this, Maria! Perfect for the weeknight!

  14. Ali | Gimme Some Oven — March 26, 2014 @ 10:10 am

    Love all of those ingredients. Looks great!

  15. naomi — March 26, 2014 @ 10:28 am

    Perfect spring pasta dish and a perfect weeknight meal!

  16. Julie @ Table for Two — March 26, 2014 @ 10:49 am

    Really love all the flavors in this especially the kale!!

  17. Katrina @ WVS — March 26, 2014 @ 11:14 am

    I love the way goats cheese and lemon taste together! This pasta sounds awesome!

  18. Kathy @ Olives & Garlic — March 26, 2014 @ 12:21 pm

    A bowl of this with a glass of white wine in front of the TV, yes, please. :)

  19. Turner — March 26, 2014 @ 12:47 pm

    I would also love to know what other cheese might work well with this instead of goat cheese. Thanks! Loving anything lemon these days, must be spring fever here too.

  20. Kate @Almond Butter Binge — March 26, 2014 @ 1:10 pm

    Oh man, four of my favorite things — lemon, goat cheese, kale, and pasta! This looks incredible. Thank you for sharing :)

  21. This looks so simple (in the best way) and filling! Pinned and I already have everything I need to make it this week! Oh yum…can’t wait!

  22. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — March 26, 2014 @ 2:02 pm

    You’re speaking my lemon and kale love language!! Asher loves the butterfly shaped pasta too. :)

  23. Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg — March 26, 2014 @ 2:04 pm

    Love that this is easy to whip up and the goat cheese!

  24. Megan — March 26, 2014 @ 3:11 pm

    This sounds really wonderful with all the lemon and kale in there!

  25. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — March 26, 2014 @ 4:28 pm

    I love this beautiful spring pasta, perfect for dinner tonight!

  26. This is my kind of pasta dish!

  27. My kind of pasta dish, love goat cheese!

  28. Marla Meridith — March 26, 2014 @ 6:44 pm

    This pasta is great for spring!

  29. Laura — March 26, 2014 @ 7:33 pm

    Mmmm I made a version of this yesterday with spinach but I will definitely be trying kale next time! I think I’ve fallen in love with kale haha

  30. ashley - baker by nature — March 26, 2014 @ 8:31 pm

    This pasta!!! YES please :)

  31. Gaby — March 26, 2014 @ 9:52 pm

    This is so my kind of dinner!

  32. Prairie Wife — March 26, 2014 @ 11:02 pm

    I love goat cheese, and so do the Cowkids! This is a great combo I had never thought of :)

  33. Ari — March 27, 2014 @ 2:38 am

    Oh I can tell I am going to LOVE this recipe! It definitely seems like the perfect spring recipe! And I love the addition of goat cheese!

  34. Sylvie — March 27, 2014 @ 9:59 am

    I made this pasta dish for my family last night and it was a big hit! Quick, easy and packed with flavour. It will be a dish that will be added to our family menu throughout the year.

    • Two Peas replied: — March 27th, 2014 @ 10:02 am

      So glad you liked it!

  35. Fern — March 27, 2014 @ 1:24 pm

    Got kale the other day as part of an organic food delivery we just started and did not know what to do with it.

    Well – your blog solved that problem! Went home and made this recipe – YUM!

    Thank you so much! This is going to be enjoyed again in the future! :)

  36. We can’t get enough of kale at our house right now. Looks so bright and yummy.

  37. Jaclyn — March 27, 2014 @ 11:58 pm

    Now this is my kind of pasta! Looks amazing!

  38. Amanda — March 29, 2014 @ 2:16 pm

    This sounds delish, but I can’t eat kale (im on blood thinners and it has WAY too much vitamin K). Do you think I could use something else? maybe spinach?

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  40. Jen — March 31, 2014 @ 7:07 am

    Was good. You may want to reserve some of the water from the pasta because mine was a bit dry and needed it added so it wasn’t so thick. It actually tasted even better after sitting in the fridge for a few hours and reheating…the lemon flavor wasn’t as pungent and the flavors had time to mix. I was hoping my little one would eat, but no such luck. Thanks for the new recipe :)

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