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Baked Goat Cheese Pasta with Tomatoes

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Baked Goat Cheese Pasta, an easy and creamy main course that’s ready for the dinner table in just 30 minutes! Plump grape tomatoes and goat cheese bake in the oven until the tomatoes burst and the cheese is warmed to melt-y perfection.

Add some aromatics to the mix and toss in some pasta, and you have a luxuriously creamy pasta dish that takes hardly any effort to prepare. The best kind of dinner situation, if you ask me. 

A dish of baked goat cheese pasta being tossed with a wooden spoon.

If you ever jumped on board the social media train of the Tik Tok-famous baked feta pasta, then you probably understand the frenzy behind the viral recipe. Juicy cherry tomatoes and feta cheese roast together then blend into an ultra rich and flavorful pasta sauce. 

We’ve taken that concept and put our own spin on the original recipe, with creamy goat cheese being the star of the show in this delicious pasta bake! 

It’s the perfect meal for quick dinners, Meatless Monday or any night of the week!

Serve it up with some Texas Toast Garlic Bread or a simple side salad like our Little Gem Caesar Salad or Strawberry Spinach Salad

Why This Baked Goat Cheese Pasta is so Good

Our Goat Cheese Pasta bake is the best way to get a quick meal on the table- one you know the whole family will rave about!

You don’t even have to be a goat cheese lover to enjoy the luxurious pasta sauce. The roasted tomatoes lighten up the richness of the goat cheese, and the sauce is enhanced by the savory flavors of fresh garlic and shallot.

Finish off the dish with salty olives, fresh spinach and basil for an irresistible combination of textures and flavors. 

Since it all bakes together in one casserole dish, this recipe also checks the box for easy cleanup! Another reason to make it your new favorite pasta dinner. 

This goat cheese baked pasta dish is:

  • Quick and easy the whole way through- from preparation to cleanup!
  • A flavorful, comfort food pasta dish that works any night of the week.
  • Made with simple ingredients and easy to adapt. 

Ingredients Needed Baked Goat Cheese Pasta

This recipe is so simple, you’ll be amazed at how tasty the final dish is!

Here’s an overview of the ingredients you’ll need but check out the recipe card for all of the ingredient amounts. 

  • Grape tomatoes. ​Fresh grape tomatoes roast in the baking dish- no need to get out that jar of marinara sauce! 
  • Aromatics. ​Shallot and garlic add a wonderful, savory flavor to the sauce. 
  • Herbs and seasonings. ​A little bit of salt, freshly-ground black pepper and dried thyme do a whole lot for creating the perfect flavor. 
  • Extra virgin olive oil. You’ll drizzle the oil over the tomatoes and aromatics to help it roast. 
  • Goat cheese. ​You will need a plain goat cheese log for this recipe. 
  • Penne pasta and pasta water. We like penne pasta for this dish but you could use any pasta shape you prefer. Make sure to reserve a 1/2 cup pasta water for later, it helps to thin the sauce. 
  • Kalamata olives. Salty Kalamata olives are tossed in at the end for a briny, salty finish!
  • Fresh baby spinach, fresh basil leaves and fresh thyme. Baby spinach, basil and fresh thyme add a pop of green and herbaceous flavor
Ingredients for baked goat cheese pasta.

​How to Make Baked Goat Cheese Pasta

The cooking process couldn’t be easier! Here’s a quick look at the steps required to making baked goat cheese pasta, but be sure to check out the printable recipe card at the bottom of the page for all of the details. 

A dish with grape tomatoes, shallots, sliced garlic and adding olive oil. Adding the log of goat cheese. The dish of roasted tomatoes and baked goat cheese; the dish with roasted tomatoes, baked goat cheese, olives, spinach and basil leaves.

in a large baking dish, add the tomatoes, shallot, garlic, salt and pepper. Toss with half the olive oil. 

Place goat cheese in the center of the tomatoes and drizzle with the rest of the oil. Sprinkle the dried thyme on top of the cheese log. 

Bake at 425°F for 20-25 minutes or until the tomatoes are blistered and the cheese is soft and slightly melted. Cook the pasta, then drain and reserve 1/2 cup pasta water. 

Add the olives, spinach, basil and thyme leaves to the tomato mixture.

The process of adding spinach and basil, to the baked tomatoes and goat cheese, tossing it with a wooden spoon, then adding the pasta and finally tossing it all together.

Toss with the tomatoes and goat cheese, breaking up the cheese. Add a little pasta water until the sauce is creamy. Toss in the cooked pasta.

Serve immediately and enjoy!

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Tips for Success

  • For a different flavor profile, you can substitute plain goat cheese for an herbed goat cheese log!  
  • We used penne pasta but you can choose any shape of pasta such as radiatori, rigatoni, cavatappi or even one of the fun shapes like trottole.
  • Reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water but keep in mind, you may not need that much. Simply add small amounts at a time until the creamy sauce has thinned out a bit and reaches the right consistency. 
  • To store, place leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 7 days. Reheat the pasta in the microwave or in an oven at 325°F until heated through. 

Serving Suggestions

Baked goat cheese pasta is a delicious comfort food that naturally pairs well with any of the standard pasta dinner sides! Salad, a slice of warm bread or a dinner roll can complete the meal. Here are a few ideas on what to serve with baked pasta. 

a serving of baked goat cheese pasta in a dish with a fork.

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close up of a serving of baked goat cheese pasta.

Baked Goat Cheese Pasta

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Baked goat cheese pasta is an easy, flavor packed main course that can be on the table in 30 minutes. The juicy tomatoes and warm soft goat cheese blend together creating a creamy sauce for the wilted spinach and basil. This is the perfect meal for a quick Meatless Monday or any day of the week.

Ingredients

  • 24 oz. grape tomatoes
  • 1 large shallot, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 8 ounce goat cheese log
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 8 ounces penne pasta
  • ½ cup reserved pasta water
  • ½ cup Kalamata olives, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups ( 8 oz.) fresh baby spinach
  • 1 cup (¾ oz.) fresh basil leaves, torn
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • Fresh thyme sprigs for garnish

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 425°F 
  2. To a 9x13 inch baking dish, add the tomatoes, shallot, garlic, salt and pepper. Toss with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil.  
  3. With a spoon, clear away an area of the tomatoes in the center of the dish and place the goat cheese log in the cleared area. Drizzle the goat cheese with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle the dried thyme over the top of the goat cheese.
  4. Transfer the dish to the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the tomatoes are blistered and the cheese has become soft and slightly melted.
  5. While the tomatoes and goat cheese are baking, cook the pasta according to the manufacturer's’ directions. Drain the pasta reserving ½ cup of the pasta water.  Reserve the pasta, covered, in the pan to stay warm.  
  6. Transfer the dish from the oven and add the olives, spinach, basil, and thyme leaves. Toss with the tomatoes and goat cheese, breaking up the cheese and adding a little of the reserved pasta water until there is a creamy sauce and the spinach and basil wilt; then add the pasta tossing to combine.  Serve immediately with warm crusty bread.

Notes

  • Try subbing a herb-crusted goat cheese log for variation.
  • We used penne pasta but you can choose any shaped pasta such as radiatori, rigatoni, cavatappi or even one of the fun shapes such as trottole.
  • It may not take the entire reserved pasta water, use a small amount then add additional water to make a creamy sauce.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 405Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 654mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 5gSugar: 6gProtein: 17g

Nutrition information is a guideline only. It is calculated automatically by third-party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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Pat Nyswonger

Pat is a wife, mom of four adult children, and grandmother to seventeen beautiful children. She is a self-taught home cook and loves creating delicious meals for her family and friends. Her kitchen is the hub of activity in her home, and she loves to entertain.

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