Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins
Hahah my friend gave me this recipe and in lack of any other name, she put this as the email subject line. Works for me :) Just a fair warning: make sure you like goat cheese before making this recipe as it is definitely the predominate taste.
- 1 lb penne or 1 lb fusilli
- 1 lb slender asparagus spear (cut into 1- to 1 1/2-inch pieces)
- 1⁄4 cup olive oil
- 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
- 1 tablespoon freshly chopped tarragon
- 1 (5 ounce) log soft fresh goat cheese
- lemon pepper
- parmesan cheese
- Cook your pasta in a large pot of until it is almost tender. Add asparagus and cook until firm-tender, 2-3 minutes. Drain both pasta and asparagus together, reserving one cup of pasta water.
- Meanwhile, combine olive oil, lemon peel, tarragon and cheese in a large bowl, breaking up the goat cheese as you put it inches.
- Add hot pasta and asparagus to bowl, along with a couple slashes of the pasta water. Toss until smoothly combined, adding more pasta water if needed. Season genersously with salt, lemon pepper, and parmesan.
So yummy! So easy. Decided to make as a side dish, but could easily have eaten it as a main course! Thanks Sofie! Made for Culinary Quest 2014, Int'l Agents of Quest!
O-M-G - this dish is absolutely sensational and a MUST try if you like goat cheese. We could not get over just how good it is; your eyes roll back in your head on the first try. I used farfalle pasta and otherwise followed the recipe to a T. Do use the grated lemon peel, it really adds depth of flavour to the dish that you will not get from lemon juice. It will be a contender for the best dish of the ZWT 8 tour. Made by a fellow Bistro Babe
Sofie, your so right, yum! I didn't have tarragon so used the basil that I had on hand and that tasted fine to me. Love, love, love the goat cheese and it's lovely flavor supported the other ingredients perfectly. Oh yes, I only had a small slice of lemon left so I just squeezed the juice into this (maybe 1/2 a tsp). I'm so happy that I found this, it's amazingly simple and delicious with a pinch of pink Himalayan salt sprinkled on top. :D