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Arugula Pesto Bowtie Pasta with Goat Cheese

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Arugula pesto bowtie pasta topped with creamy goat cheese for a dish that is light and full of flavor

Arugula pesto bowtie pasta topped with creamy goat cheese for a dish that is light and full of flavor I just got back from Mixed Conference yesterday and I’m still feeling like a zombie. I didn’t want to miss a second of socializing and interacting with friends so I chose that over sleep. I finally got to meet so many of my food blogging friends that I felt as if I already knew just from our interactions online! If you haven’t been to a blogging conference before, I highly recommend it! You get to network so much and get to learn a ton of new things. Some will already be known concepts but things are ever-changing so there is always something new to be learned!

Now, I must entice you with this gorgeous & easy pesto pasta recipes. For one, I love the gorgeous color that arugula pesto gives a dish and second, the FLAVOR. Talk about a peppery & bitter kick. It’s the perfect addition to add to pasta that’s smothered with goat cheese. Creamy, yet light, and it’s got a bite. It’s the perfect bowl of pasta!

Arugula Pesto Bowtie Pasta with Goat Cheese

A peppery pasta dish with the creaminess of goat cheese to tie it all together!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Julie Chiou
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For the arugula pesto

  • 10 ounce (284 g) baby arugula
  • ¼ cup (34 g) pine nuts, toasted
  • cup (33 g) Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • cup (30 ml) olive oil

For the rest of the pasta dish

  • 1 pound (454 g) bowtie pasta
  • 3 tablespoon arugula pesto
  • 2 ounce (57 g) goat cheese, crumbled

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  • Place all ingredients except olive oil in food processor.
  • Turn the food processor on and drizzle olive oil through feed tube. If you need more to get the right consistency, use more.
  • Store in airtight container for up to 1 month.
  • In a large pot, bring water to a boil, then cook pasta according to instructions on box.
  • Once pasta is done cooking, drain well but reserving 1/4 cup of pasta water.
  • In the same pot, pour the pasta back in and add the 3 tbsp. of arugula pesto. The heat of the pasta will spread the pesto all over. Add in a little bit of the pasta water to thin it out. You might not need the full 1/4 cup.
  • Crumble goat cheese on top and stir well to melt and combine.
  • Serve hot.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.


Serving: 0.25 of recipe | Calories: 396 kcal | Carbohydrates: 39 g | Protein: 15 g | Fat: 20 g | Fiber: 3 g | Sugar: 1 g

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Course: Pasta
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy pasta recipe, one pot pasta
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Dawn S

Monday 25th of April 2016

Sweet! Thanks!

Dawn S

Sunday 24th of April 2016

Hi Julie, I was wondering if this recipe would work with non salted almonds or cashews instead of pine nuts?


Monday 25th of April 2016

You can just omit the pine nuts and not use another nut :) I do it all the time, haha


Thursday 27th of June 2013

this looks amazing! I was wondering, do you think this dish could be served at room temperature for a July 4th side dish???????


Thursday 27th of June 2013

Yes, you absolutely can! Enjoy :)

Julia |

Tuesday 4th of December 2012

Love pesto, always make basil pesto myself. Never tried arugula pesto before, though. Looks gorgeous on your photos!

Katherine (Gour-Maybe?)

Tuesday 4th of December 2012

Looks delicious! I love pesto with so many things. Being from Texas, one of my favorites is a cilantro pecan but I will have to try this recipe for my next easy dish. As a fellow blogger I think your photography is great! keep up the good work. K