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Pasta with Goat Cheese and Roasted Asparagus

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Creamy Goat Cheese Pasta with Roasted Asparagus

Asparagus season is coming to a close here in New England but if you happen across some good-looking spears, I definitely suggest that you try this dish.  It’s an Everyday Food recipe and it is indeed, as the name promises, everyday food – quick, easy and delicious.  There are seriously four steps to this recipe – mash up goat cheese…

Creamy Goat Cheese Pasta with Roasted Asparagus

…roast asparagus and boil pasta…

Creamy Goat Cheese Pasta with Roasted Asparagus

…and combine. That’s it. It literally takes about ten minutes and the taste is to die for – it had Gist, the former asparagus-hater, going back for seconds!

Creamy Goat Cheese Pasta with Roasted Asparagus
Recipe courtesy of Everyday Food

  • 2 bunches asparagus (2 pounds total), tough ends removed
  • 4 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
  • 12 ounces cavatappi or other short pasta
  • 1 small log soft goat cheese (5 ounces), crumbled
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons snipped fresh chives, for garnish

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Bring a large pot of water to a boil for pasta. Place asparagus on a large rimmed baking sheet; dot with 1 tablespoon butter, and season with salt and pepper. Roast until tender, tossing occasionally, 10 to 15 minutes; cut into 2-inch lengths.

While asparagus is roasting, generously salt boiling water. Add pasta, and cook until al dente, according to package instructions. Set aside 1 1/2 cups pasta water; drain pasta and return to pot.

In a medium bowl, combine goat cheese, remaining 3 tablespoons butter, and 1/2 cup pasta water. Season with salt and pepper, and whisk until smooth. Add goat-cheese mixture and asparagus to pasta; toss to combine, adding more pasta water if necessary for sauce to coat pasta. Serve pasta garnished with chives.

Tomorrow I am hoping to post a CSA week One update – what I did with the veggies, the recipes I used and (of course) some photos!


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