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Fast and Easy Asparagus and Goat Cheese Pasta Recipe

Celebrate Spring With Easy, Creamy Asparagus Pasta

When I'm in a hurry to eat dinner, I always turn to pasta. In the time it takes to boil the pasta, I can make a quick and flavorful sauce. This recipe is one of my go-to favorites for March because it highlights the pure, clean deliciousness of asparagus. There's no cream in the sauce — the smooth richness is from tangy goat cheese. Fresh lemon zest brightens the whole dish, making a bowl of it feel like a breath of warm Spring air. It's super easy and the perfect light meal, so get the recipe and


Pasta With Goat Cheese, Lemon, and Asparagus

Pasta With Goat Cheese, Lemon, and Asparagus

Fast and Easy Asparagus and Goat Cheese Pasta Recipe 2010-03-17 15:01:31


  1. 1 pound fusilli or rotini (spiral-shaped pasta)
  2. 1 pound slender asparagus spears, trimmed, cut into 1- to 1 1/2-inch pieces
  3. 1/4 cup olive oil
  4. 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon peel
  5. 2 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon plus sprigs for garnish
  6. 1 5-to 5 1/2-ounce log soft fresh goat cheese


  1. Cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until almost tender, stirring occasionally, about 7 minutes.
  2. Add asparagus and cook until pasta is tender but still firm to bite, about 3 minutes longer.
  3. Meanwhile, combine oil, lemon peel, and chopped tarragon in large bowl. Coarsely crumble in goat cheese.
  4. Drain pasta and asparagus, reserving 1 cup cooking liquid. Add hot pasta, asparagus, and 1/4 cup reserved cooking liquid to bowl with cheese mixture. Toss to coat, adding more reserved liquid if dry. Season pasta to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to shallow platter. Garnish with tarragon sprigs.

Serves 6.

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msdecember msdecember 6 years
i love asparagus and i love goat cheese and i love pasta.. absolutely making this!
asesh001 asesh001 7 years
I added chives, and this recipe was a family favorite!
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
I would think any soft, white cheese would go nicely. I ended up adding some mozzarella when I heated up leftovers because the fridge had dried it out a bit. It worked great. :)
Buddha-saved-me Buddha-saved-me 7 years
sounds nice, but i dont like goats cheese, any other nice cheese which anyone can suggest would go nice with it?
Jen4 Jen4 7 years
Vanonymous Vanonymous 7 years
I made this last night and really liked it. I didn't have tarragon so I used thyme and it tasted great. I think cracked pepper adds a lot to it too.
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
I made this tonight and it was really good! I added some extra herbs, I don't like tarragon, so I used basil, thyme, and black pepper. Next time I'll use a little more goat cheese, I only used 2 oz for half of the recipe. Good flavor.
AmyGro AmyGro 7 years
I made this last night and it was delicious! Next time, I think I'm going to use herby goat cheese to liven it up a bit. YUM!
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
I have 2 bunches of asparagus to use up and I LOVE goat cheese, thanks for sharing!
bryseana bryseana 7 years
I just bought a bunch of fresh asparagus and didn't know what to do with it. Thanks for this!!
danizzle danizzle 7 years
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