Posted by: Anja | June 20, 2010

Goat cheese…

… is something I have been addicted for 1.5 years now. I mostly like the fresh version, but there are some recipes that are really good for the cream cheese version also. This recipe is for the cheese that is freshly cut from the roll and additionally to eating goat cheese on bread, I am now addicted to eating goat cheese in pasta as well.

I actually made this recipe the first time when we had our asparagus session a couple of weeks back. We made three different asparagus dishes, a goat cheese and lemon pasta was our starter. A starter that would have suited three people as complete meal. It was really a treat and (don’t tell the others) the best dish of the day. The other dishes were the classical white asparagus and ham dish (booooooring :D) and a rustic dish with bacon, fried potatoes, asparagus (of course) and a lot of spices. That one was actually pretty good as well, because it was different from what you normally associate with asparagus. But not as good as the goat cheese pasta!

The asparagus season is nearly over and prices are going up again, so I used broccoli when I made the dish this time. It is more than okay but not as good as the same dish with green asparagus. If you want to make this recipe, you really have to buy fresh goat cheese, everything else is a waste, trust me!

Goat Cheese and Lemon Pasta
idea adapted from smittenkitchen

125g pasta (no spaghetti, something like rigatoni)
100g green asparagus or broccoli
50g goat cheese
1 teaspoon lemon zest
juice of 1 small lemon
30ml olive oil
1/4 teaspoon tarragon

First step: Prepare your pasta as usual until they it is nearly cooked through. In parallel, trim the asparagus/broccoli. For asparagus that means: Cut the ends and cut the spears into 2cm logs. For broccoli this means that you should cut off the broccoli tops and just use them as small mouth-sized bits.

Second step: When the pasta has only 3-4 minutes left (depending on the size of your vegetables), add the vegetables to your cooking pasta and let it boil for the remaining time. During this time, throw the other ingredients together in a bowl and mix them. Take care to crumble the goat cheese a bit and use the oil to turn everything into a smooth mass.

Third step: Drain the pasta and vegetables and throw everything back into the pot. Add the oil mixture and mix everything with a spoon. Serve directly and enjoy as much as I did!

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