Creamy Goat Cheese Pasta

This simple Creamy Goat Cheese Pasta is a healthy vegetarian dish using fresh ingredients. It is easy and quick to prep. Perfect for busy weeknights!

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a bowl of goat cheese pasta.

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Weeknights can be busy and having a quick meal as this one can really make things easier. Skip the fast food and make your own fast food. You will never regret it and your body will thank you.

a bowl of goat cheese pasta.

Ingredients for this recipe:

  • pasta – I’m a fan of brown rice spaghetti for this recipe
  • a whole lemon – for lemon juice and for lemon zest
  • olive oil
  • goat cheese
  • greens – arugula or spinach
  • salt and pepper – I’ve been into Pink Himalayan Salt lately

How to Make this Goat Cheese Pasta Recipe:

I love how simple this lemon goat cheese pasta dish is!

First, get the pasta started by following the package instructions. There are a lot of different types of pasta and all have varying cooking times. Always boil the water in a large pot and sprinkle in a good bit of salt.

a package of brown rice spaghetti.

Next, while the noodles are cooking prepare the goat cheese pasta sauce.

In a large bowl stir together the olive oil with the fresh lemon juice and a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Then add in your goat cheese and stir again.

a mixing bowl with olive oil, seasonings and a clump of soft cheese.

Finally, add the greens.

Thin the sauce with 2-3 tablespoons of boiling pasta water and stir until it is creamy. The hot water will wilt the greens to the perfect texture for eating.

Arugula being tossed with lemon and goat cheese

Drain the cooked pasta ( I prefer mine al dente), pour it over the sauce, and give it all a good toss. Split it between two bowls and garnish with lemon zest for added flavor.

a bowl of goat cheese pasta.

Serving Suggestions and Substitutions for Goat Cheese Pasta:

  • Top with parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes
  • Add chopped herbs like fresh basil or parsley to taste
  • Toss in cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes
  • Substitute the greens for cooked veggies like peas, or asparagus
  • Saute onions and garlic and add to the sauce
  • Add protein like grilled chicken or shrimp
a bowl of goat cheese pasta.

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This recipe was originally posted on December 5, 2014, updated on April 24, 2019, and updated again on December 6, 2021, with recipe notes, writing, and photos.

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a bowl of spaghetti with spinach and lemon.

Creamy Goat Cheese Pasta – Ready in Under 20 Minutes!

Sharon Rhodes
This simple Creamy Goat Cheese Pasta is a healthy vegetarian dish using fresh ingredients. It is easy and quick to prep. Perfect for busy weeknights!
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 272 kcal


  • package of brown rice spaghetti – or enough pasta for 2 people
  • ½ lemon zested and juiced
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup goat cheese
  • 2-3 cups greens – either spinach or arugula
  • sea salt & pepper to taste


  • Cook pasta to package instructions.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, stir together the oil, lemon juice, sprinkle of sea salt, and lots of fresh pepper. Add in the goat cheese, stir then add in the greens.
  • Spoon 2-3 tablespoons of the hot pasta water over the greens and stir again.
  • Pour the cooked and drained spaghetti in the same bowl as the dressing and arugula and toss well.
  • Portion into 2 bowls.
  • Garnish each with lemon zest and enjoy!


Serving Suggestions and Substitutions:

  • Top with parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes
  • Add chopped herbs like fresh basil or parsley to taste
  • Toss in cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes
  • Substitute the greens for cooked veggies like peas, or asparagus
  • Saute onions and garlic and add to the sauce
  • Add protein like grilled chicken or shrimp


Calories: 272kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 5gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 105mgVitamin A: 340IUVitamin C: 2.9mgCalcium: 40mgIron: 0.7mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Well, you said the magic word — pasta. I love a quick meal and this one was a delight to make. I simply can’t get enough goat cheese so when I say that this recipe included it I had to have it for dinner. Thank you so much for inspiring an excellent meal. I’ll be enjoying this again soon.

  2. 5 stars
    We could eat pasta every night for dinner. Love the creamy goat cheese in this easy-to-make recipe. Perfect for the weekend with a glass of white wine.

  3. 5 stars
    This recipe reminds me of a restaurant that I ate at and it was absolutely delicious. Using goat cheese really enhanced the flavor!

  4. I hate wasting food too. So many people don’t even think twice about throwing it out – but they don’t think about how much money they’re actually wasting!

    Goat cheese and arugula is such a fantastic combination. I bet the lemon adds such a nice fresh flavour to it!

    1. Thanks Chelsea! I would feel so guilty some weeks with how much was getting pitched out. So no more! And if it means eating more goat cheese, well, I’m OK with that. 😉

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