Side Dish

Pasta with Goat Cheese and Basil Oil

easy creamy pasta salad
Pasta with Goat Cheese and Basil Oil

Hands-on Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Serves 4

  • 12 oz gemelli or some other short pasta
  • 3 c fresh basil leaves
  • ½ c olive oil
  • 4 oz crumbled fresh goat cheese
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  1. Cook pasta according to the package directions; drain and return it to the pot.
  2. Meanwhile, in a blender, puree 2 c fresh basil leaves with olive oil until smooth; pour through a fine-mesh sieve and discard the solids.
  3. Toss the pasta with the basil oil, goat cheese, the remaining fresh basil leaves, salt, and pepper.

A Real Simple recipe, this has an interesting tangy, sweet, creaminess.  I served it as a side to Not-So-Sloppy Joes.  It was little weird eating it at the fresh, warm temperature.  I think I preferred the chilled temperature after leftovers had been stored in the fridge.

Some of the Ingredients
Pasta with Goat Cheese and Basil Oil
Mixin’ it up

So in my search for a good variety of side dishes preferably on the healthier side, this one makes the list.

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