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Pasta and Peas with Goat Cheese Sauce

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    Pasta mixed with a creamy goat cheese sauce and petite peas is a fool-proof 15 minute dinner recipe that is going to rock your world! 


    This recipe is my go-to single gal dinner. I used to make this all the time when I lived alone and didn’t have to cook for anyone. I’d come home from work, boil some water for pasta, and have a meal ready to be eaten in front of the TV 15 minutes later. Creamy and satisfying with some sneaky nutrients and protein mixed in to keep the hanger at bay. 

    This goat cheese sauce is my lazy man’s way of achieving an alfredo sauce vibe but with way less prep time and way less dairy. I used to love eating a big bowl of fettuccine alfredo but as I got older, dairy sensitivities have made fettuccine alfredo way less enjoyable to me. I’m not lactose intolerant, it’s just heavy cream and heavy dairy based dishes do not make my tummy happy! Thankfully, I learned that goat cheese does not affect my stomach like other dairy products and thus this recipe was born! 

    My sneaky way of packing in some protein in this meal is through the use of chickpea pasta. If you haven’t tried chickpea pasta, now’s your chance! Don’t sit on this opportunity. Chickpea pasta is found in the same aisle as regular pastas at the grocery store. The main difference is it’s made with chickpeas instead of flour, thus adding in about 18 grams of protein per serving (in this recipe). And I hardly taste the difference. Gluten-free lovers will rejoice, chickpea pasta is a savior!

    Now all we need is a little bit of color to provide us with nutrients for a well-rounded meal. That’s where the petite peas come into play! These tiny little peas pack in 8g of protein and 7g of fiber for every cup and are full of nutrients like vitamin A, iron, and magnesium. Once mixed in with the pasta and goat cheese sauce, the peas add a little pop of flavor and offer a nice texture with each bite.

    bowl of pasta and peas with white sauce

    Ingredients in this Pasta and Peas with Goat Cheese Sauce

    Pasta: If I could shout this from the rooftops I would, Banza is the best pasta! Obviously you can use whichever pasta is your favorite. For this recipe I opted for a combo of Banza’s shells and rigatoni. Any pasta with some good crevices to trap the goat cheese sauce will be a winner.

    Goat Cheese: The goat cheese gives this dish it’s creaminess factor.

    Almond Milk: Almond milk will help to lighten up the goat cheese and give it the perfect sauce consistency. 

    Peas: There’s nothing wrong with a beige meal, but I always try to add a little bit of color (aka nutrients!) if I can. 

    Spices: Garlic powder, parsley, and a dash of salt and pepper to round out the flavor powerhouse of this dish.

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    Kitchen Tools Needed for this Recipe

    • Saucepan
    • Strainer 
    • Spoon
    • Measuring cups and spoons 
    fork holding pasta peas with goat cheese sauce

    How to Make Pasta and Peas with Goat Cheese Sauce

    Step One: Boil 6 cups of water in a medium saucepan on the stove. When the water has boiled, add 6 cups of pasta and cook on medium heat for 9-11 minutes. 

    Step Two: When pasta has cooked, drain the excess water, and rinse the pasta with a splash of cool water under the sink faucet. Set pasta aside.

    Step Three: In the same saucepan you used for the pasta, place back on the stove on low heat. Add 3 oz of goat cheese and ¼ cup of almond milk. Stir continuously until the cheese has melted and a sauce consistency has formed.  

    Step Four: Add ½ tsp of garlic powder, ½ tsp of parsley, and a dash of salt and pepper. Stir until combined and let simmer for 1 minute. 

    Step Five: Return the pasta to the saucepan with the goat cheese sauce, add in 1 cup of petite peas, and stir to combine. Let flavors marinate for 3-5 minutes and to allow the peas to warm through. Serve and enjoy!

    bowl of pasta and peas with white sauce

    Pasta and Peas with Goat Cheese Sauce

    Pasta mixed with a creamy goat cheese sauce and petite peas is a fool-proof 15 minute dinner recipe that is going to rock your world! 


    Prep time: 5 minutes |

    Cook time: 15 minutes |

    Total time: 20 minutes

    Cuisine: American |

    Serves: 2

    Ingredients:

    • 6 oz, chickpea pasta
    • 3 oz, goat cheese
    • ¼ cup, almond milk 
    • ½ tsp, garlic powder
    • ½ tsp, parsley
    • Dash of salt and pepper 
    • 1 cup, petite peas

    Directions:

    1. Boil water in a medium saucepan on the stove. When the water has boiled, add chickpea pasta and cook on medium heat for 9-11 minutes.
    2. When pasta has cooked, drain the excess water, and rinse the pasta with a splash of cool water under the sink faucet. Set pasta aside.
    3. In the same saucepan you used for the pasta, place back on the stove on low heat. Add goat cheese and almond milk. Stir continuously until the cheese has melted and a sauce consistency has formed.  
    4. Add the garlic powder, parsley, and salt and pepper. Stir until combined and let simmer for 1 minute. 
    5. Return the pasta to the saucepan with the goat cheese sauce, add in petite peas, and stir to combine. Let flavors marinate for 3-5 minutes and to allow the peas to warm through. 
    6. Serve and enjoy! 
    Notes:
    1. Feel free to sub for whichever pasta you prefer. Nutrition values will vary based on your choice.
    2. Instructions are based on Banza pasta, please refer to pasta instructions on your specific pasta of choice.

    Nutrition Facts

    Serving Size 1 bowl

    Serves 2


    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 464
    Total Fat 13.8g
      Saturated Fat 5.3g
      Trans Fat 0g
    Cholesterol 37.5mg
    Sodium 278.1mg
    Total Carbohydrate 65.2g
      Dietary Fiber 10.7g
      Sugars 4.5g
    Protein 26.5g

     

    Find on MyFitnessPal as: TWW - Pasta & Peas with Goat Cheese Sauce


    Author: Christine

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    Cuisine: American

    Keywords: Gluten Free, Simple Recipe, Healthy Meal


    Ratings and reviews (8)

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    Haley 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    Such a delicious, elevated one dish dinner! Super simple and quick for busy weeknights. The goat cheese and peas pair so well together.

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    Jeannie 4 months, 1 week ago

    Such a quick dinner recipe.

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    Jimmy Clare 4 months, 1 week ago

    this looks amazing

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    Lyssa 4 months, 1 week ago

    This looks so good! I am always a huge fan of goat cheese. Goat cheese is the best! I can't wait to try this.

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    hameesha 4 months, 1 week ago

    Love the idea of adding goat cheese to the pasta. will try it..

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    Adventure Awaits Us at Home 4 months, 1 week ago

    I love goat cheese! We have never tried chickpea pasta. But since we don’t eat flour pasta at home, this sounds like a great option. Sounds delicious.

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    Dana 4 months, 1 week ago

    This looks delicious! Great idea to use chickpeas to add protein!

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    Janet L
    4 months, 1 week ago

    Never thought to make pasta with goat cheese! soooo good!

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