Posted by: inyomouth | November 6, 2009



A wonderful mixture of goat cheese and basil, this pasta dish is easily made and readily enjoyed!

5 oz. goat cheese (TJoes), crumbled
1 package crimini mushrooms, chopped (TJoes)
1 cup fresh basil, chopped (TJoes…so cheap for so much basil)
1 bag spinach
1 box whole wheat penne
7 slices apple-smoked bacon (TJoes), cooked and crumbled
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1 package grape tomatoes (I didn’t include this, but next time I will because it was definitely missing some tomatoes!)

First, boil water for pasta. Cook the bacon, whether you microwave it or cook it on the stove. When the bacon is finished, sautee the mushrooms in a little bit of olive oil until tender. (In the meantime, add the pasta to the boiling water and set a timer!) Chop the walnuts, basil, and tomatoes, and crumble the goat cheese. When the pasta is done, set aside about 1 cup of the water from the pasta before draining.

In a large bowl, combine pasta, spinach, basil, mushrooms, walnuts, tomatoes, and crumbled bacon. To make the sauce, crumble the goat cheese into the bowl, and add about 1/2 cup of the pasta water over top. This will melt the cheese into a sauce, and wilt the spinach in the mixture. Add water/goat cheese to your desired consistency and taste.





  1. TQTA (that’s quite the acronym)

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