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Pasta with Spinach and Goat Cheese

Italian Pasta With Spinach and Goat Cheese

This recipe courtesy of I Love Pasta

Healthy and quick, this Italian pasta with fresh spinach and goat cheese recipe is one that would be perfect for a light Italian brunch or served as a side dish with grilled chicken. I especially like the freshness of the spinach greens and the way they contrast with the goat cheese in this Italian pasta side dish recipe.

Italian Pasta Side Dish Recipe

  • 1 pound Angel Hair or Thin Spaghetti
  • 1/2 cup soft goat cheese or herbed cheese spread, such as Boursin, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup skim milk
  • 1 tbsp. finely chopped fresh basil or 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 13 3/4-oz. can chicken broth
  • 6 cups (loosely packed) finely shredded spinach, or a mixture of spinach and arugula *
  • 1 cup frozen peas, defrosted
  • 3 cups thinly sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh chives or dried chives

Whisk the cheese, skim milk and basil in a small bowl until smooth.

Prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain thoroughly.

Heat the chicken broth in the pot over medium heat to simmering. Add the mushrooms and simmer, uncovered, 2 minutes. Add the peas, goat cheese mixture and pasta and toss to coat until the cheese is melted and the pasta is coated with the sauce. Fold in the spinach. Check the seasoning and adjust to taste with salt and pepper.

Divide the pasta among serving dishes, sprinkle each with chives and serve.

* Be sure to wash the spinach and/or arugula in cool water and remove all stems. Drain the greens well, preferably in a salad spinner. Stack several leaves and cut them crosswise (julienne) into thin strips.

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