mac n goat cheese – rr

1 May

this has been a favorite in the house for a while now.    its quick and easy and tasty — this was actually the first time i made it with the walnuts.  i think we both preferred it without the walnuts actually – they took away from the flavors of goat cheese, but either way its good!  oh and i never use macaroni – usually shells or some other pasta that catches the goat cheese 🙂

Mac ‘n’ Goat Cheese


  • 3/4 pound macaroni pasta
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • One 9-ounce bag spinach
  • Salt and pepper
  • 6 ounces goat cheese, broken into chunks
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

Hot stuff
Add 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper when cooking the garlic.


  1. In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the pasta until al dente. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup cooking water, and return to the pot.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until golden, about 4 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, spinach and the reserved pasta water and cook until heated through, about 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Stir into the pasta along with the goat cheese. Transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle the walnuts on top.

2 Responses to “mac n goat cheese – rr”

  1. letmestartbysaying May 3, 2011 at 8:35 pm #

    So let me get this straight: I have known you for about 7 years, and this is the first time I hear about the existence of GOAT CHEESE MAC & CHEESE?
    I am re-evaluating our entire relationship.
    Right after I make this recipe.

    • ilonaskitchen May 3, 2011 at 8:36 pm #

      umm i only found out about your goat cheese abilities in someone else’s blog!!! at least you found out from me personally 🙂

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