Remember those sun-dried tomatoes lurking in the back of your pantry? Isn’t there a hunk of goat cheese somewhere in the fridge? Now’s the time to grab both of those ingredients, because together they make this creamy, dreamy weeknight pasta that’s proudly all frills and no fuss.
The highlight of this recipe is the creamy sauce that comes together almost instantly, thanks to soft goat cheese. Instead of simmering cream and butter together to make a sauce, pasta water and crumbled goat cheese are quickly stirred together in the same skillet used to sauté the pasta’s aromatics to make a cream sauce. Yep, it’s actually that easy! It’s as rich as a classic cream sauce, but easier to assemble and arguably more interesting, thanks to the cheese’s bright, tangy flavor.
You can go a step further with a seared chicken breast, crumbled bacon or a handful of spinach, but sometimes your night calls for a bowl of hot, creamy pasta you can whip up in 20 minutes, and this is exactly that.
Sheela Prakash is an assistant food editor for TheKitchn.com, a nationally known blog for people who love food and home cooking. Submit any comments or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.