This pasta dish requires just one pot and one pan, and in under 40 minutes you've got a creamy, flavor-packed dish on the table.

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goat cheese pesto pasta

Move over, TikTok Feta Pasta, there’s a new one-pan pasta in town. This Easy Goat Cheese Pesto Pasta is a one-pan wonder that’s sure to please even the pickiest palate. Creamy goat cheese meets herbed pesto and juicy tomatoes for a truly delicious dish. The best part? This dish is done in under 45 minutes, with just one pan and one pot to clean. That’s a weekday win.

As if being easy isn’t great enough, it’s also a tasty, low-points option for folks on WW (weight watchers). If you’re on blue/green, you’re looking at 8 SP for a cup serving. Top with chicken or shrimp and make it a meal. For folks on purple, this dish is only 3 WW SP!

goat cheese pesto pasta

Goat Cheese Pesto Pasta Ingredients

Similar to the infamous TikTok pasta, this recipe requires just a handful of ingredients and next to no prep work. You’ll need:

  • Goat cheese, which will make your sauce super creamy
  • Cherry tomatoes, which add flavor and texture
  • Basil pesto, which adds a ton of flavor and helps everything bake with its oil
  • Garlic cloves, which give an incredible flavor to this dish
  • Your favorite pasta! I used whole wheat fusilli, which are tasty and WW friendly (especially on purple).

How to make this dish

The actual cooking part of this dish couldn’t be easier. Seriously, it’s one of those dishes for people who “don’t cook.” It’s as simple as tossing things in a pan, baking, mixing, and eating (the best part).

goat cheese pesto pasta

First, get the right pan. I recommend a larger baking dish – I used a 9×13. You want a big one so that you can easily mix the sauce and pasta in it without making a mess. Next, you want to spray the pan with a little cooking spray so nothing sticks. Put your goat cheese in the middle of the pan, and put your tomatoes and garlic around it. Take 3 tablespoons of pesto and toss/coat the tomatoes and garlic in it, and spoon the remaining tablespoon over the goat cheese. Then, just pop it in the oven at 365F for 35 minutes.

You’ll know it’s done when your tomatoes are starting to burst, your garlic is tender, and the cheese is melted. You should be able to press the garlic/tomatoes with the back of a spoon and have them easily burst/smush. Then, just mix it all together and you’ve got a creamy, dreamy sauce.

Cook your pasta according to package directions, toss in the sauce, and ENJOY! I like to top this dish with some cut up chicken breast or shrimp to make it a filling meal.

Variations and Storage

There are a few ways you can mix this pasta up:

  • Swap the goat cheese for feta like the original viral video suggests
  • Swap basil pesto for a pistachio pesto (or whatever you love) for a whole different flavor profile
  • Add more/less garlic (I believe you measure garlic with your heart, so do what feels right)
  • Change up the pasta – any pasta would be great in this sauce, so try em all!
  • Go low carb and put this sauce over zoodles
  • Make it gluten free by swapping for your fave GF pasta (like Banza!)

To store this pasta, just keep it in an airtight container in the fridge. It keeps well for up to 4 days. Reheat in the microwave and enjoy!

goat cheese pesto pasta

Easy Goat Cheese Pesto Pasta

Jacklin Altman
This goat cheese pesto pasta is quick, easy, and requires next to no cooking. The end result is creamy, indulgent, and packed with flavor. Makes 6 1 cup servings at 8 WW SP each (blue/green) and just 3 WW SP on purple when using whole wheat pasta.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6
Calories 254 kcal

Equipment

  • 9×13 Baking Pan
  • Medium Pot

Ingredients
  

  • 6 cups Cooked whole wheat pasta roughly 12-14 oz dry
  • 1/4 cup Basil pesto
  • 4 oz Goat Cheese
  • 5 cloves Garlic peeled
  • 1 pint Cherry tomatoes
  • Cooking spray

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 365F
  • Spray baking dish, add goat cheese in the center, and garlic cloves/tomatoes around the goat cheese. Spray with a bit of cooking spray.
  • Toss tomatoes/garlic in 3 tbsp of the pesto, and put remaining 1 tbsp of pesto on the goat cheese and coat.
  • Bake for 35 minutes, until tomatoes and garlic are tender and goat cheese has fully melted.
  • Cook pasta according to package instructions, drain, set aside.
  • Remove dish from the oven, mix goat cheese with tomatoes and garlic, crushed the tomatoes and garlic as you mix to create a sauce.
  • Add pasta, toss to coat.
  • Top with crushed red pepper flakes, extra goat cheese, parmesan cheese, or extra pesto if desired. Serve warm. Enjoy!

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Nutrition

Calories: 254kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 11gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 179mgPotassium: 239mgFiber: 6gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 793IUVitamin C: 19mgCalcium: 74mgIron: 2mg
Keyword weight watchers, WW, pasta, dinner, goat cheese, pesto
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