Arugula Pesto Bowtie Pasta with Goat Cheese

  • 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
    Prep Time
    5 mins
    Cook Time
    15 mins
    Total Time
    5 mins
     

    A peppery pasta dish with the creaminess of goat cheese to tie it all together!

    Servings: 4
    Calories: 396 kcal
    Ingredients
    For the arugula pesto
    • 10 oz baby arugula
    • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
    • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
    • 3 cloves of garlic
    • Salt and pepper, to taste
    • 1/8 cup olive oil
    For the rest of the pasta dish
    • 1 pound bowtie pasta
    • 3 tbsp arugula pesto
    • 2 oz goat cheese, crumbled
    Instructions
    1. Place all ingredients except olive oil in food processor.
    2. Turn the food processor on and drizzle olive oil through feed tube. If you need more to get the right consistency, use more.
    3. Store in airtight container for up to 1 month.
    4. In a large pot, bring water to a boil, then cook pasta according to instructions on box.
    5. Once pasta is done cooking, drain well but reserving 1/4 cup of pasta water.
    6. 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.
    7. Crumble goat cheese on top and stir well to melt and combine.
    8. Serve hot.
    9. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
    Recipe Notes

    Nutrition Facts
    Arugula Pesto Bowtie Pasta with Goat Cheese
    Amount Per Serving (0.25 of recipe)
    Calories 396 Calories from Fat 180
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 20g 31%
    Total Carbohydrates 39g 13%
    Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
    Sugars 1g
    Protein 15g 30%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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  • Sara @my less serious life says:

    arugula is one of my very favorite things in life. i’ve never tried making a pesto out of it – this sounds great!

  • amanda @ fake ginger says:

    Gorgeous color! I don’t know if I’ve ever had arugula pesto but I can imagine that it’s delicious!

  • Aimee @ ShugarySweets says:

    I’ve never made pesto from anything other than basil. This looks delicious Julie!!!

  • Kathryn says:

    I pretty much want to eat that entire bowl of pasta.

  • Blog is the New Black says:

    I adore pesto…. looks great!!

  • DessertForTwo says:

    I love the sound of every single ingredient in this recipe! I’ve got to make it!

  • Julie says:

    This looks really good! I have some goat cheese in the refrigerator waiting for this dish. :)

  • Cassie | Bake Your Day says:

    I love arugula pesto – it’s my favorite! And goat cheese…perfection!

  • Katie says:

    Ummm this looks fabulous! I’m so glad we got to hangout this weekend! I too feel a little zombie like today, as well!

  • Stephanie says:

    I still haven’t had the chance to go to a blogging conference yet! But I plan on it next year. This looks amazing!

  • Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel says:

    Dear Pesto,

    I am your biggest fan and I love you so very much. Really, you are my everything. That one time, when you got all cozy with bowtie pasta and some goat cheese; that was my favorite of all. You’re amazeballs.

    Love, your biggest fan, Hayley

  • Cookbook Queen says:

    LOVE the gorgeous color of this pasta!!!

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction says:

    Hey Julie! I just have to say – i love love love all of your dinner recipes – the quick, easy, approachable dinners that can be made during the week. I save practically all of them! I am a huge fan of pesto – love it so much. Especially on pasta! Giving this recipe a try b/c I have a box of whole wheat pasta begging to be used.

  • Lori @ RecipeGirl.com says:

    oh wow! I love Arugula and goat cheese both. Win win!

  • Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie says:

    Dang it all, I JUST used up all my arugula pesto the other day. Now I have to make more for this.

  • Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking} says:

    LOVE arugula pesto… then add in some goat cheese and pasta, and that’s pretty much heaven!!

    I’ll be back at noon!! :)

  • Monique Rodriguez says:

    Gorgeous color! and oh my, arugula pesto must have some tasty bite! I love arugula personally- and this is a great idea! I make a spinach walnut version when im in a pinch… and im absolutely in love with the mason jar!
    By the way, some delectable gingery molasses cookies made their way to brooklyn. How awesome that I drew your name last year and you drew mine this year. :-) Thank you! I am savoring them and look forward to the recipe!

    • Julie says:

      Haha, I know! That was pretty awesome :) I’m glad you’re enjoying the cookies! Happy holidays!

  • Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen says:

    I love all kinds of pesto! It’s great to have options when you can’t find cheap basil! Thankfully I can get it super cheap at the Farmer’s market.

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts says:

    I am a huge fan of pesto, but have never tried it with arugula before. Will have to change that for sure – love the gorgeous color!

  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist says:

    This looks EFFING amazing.

  • Linda | The Urban Mrs says:

    I love pesto – it’s like my emergency sauce for late night dinner. Love the combo, too.

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    mmmm pasta! I have a strange love for bow tie. I don’t know what it is.

  • amy @ fearless homemaker says:

    Oh, yum! This looks sooo fantastic + since I have a case of the mid-afternoon hungries, i’m now craving a bowl of this. Wish I could just run to the fridge + grab some of it, leftover-style!

  • Carla @ Carlas Confections says:

    I have really been craving some pesto lately. I need to get me some arugula so I can make this stuff! So perf! I wish I was at Mixed with you guys, but Ill for sure go to some others to see you :D

  • Rachel {Studio Cuisine} says:

    I’ve been waiting for this recipe for weeks after seeing your instagram shot of it! Looks INCREDIBLE!

  • Ashley - Baker by Nature says:

    Arugula pesto! Yes! Ok… what time is dinner?

  • carrian says:

    You have no idea just how much this meal is me. I looove everything about it.

  • Elizabeth @Food Ramblings says:

    Yum! Hope you had a great time at mixed!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

    I love pesto but I’ve never tried arugula pesto, the color is so vibrant!

  • Helen says:

    Is arugula a hard thing to find in supermarkets? I’ve never heard of them here in Australia… the pasta looks delicious in any case and pesto is my favourite!!

    • Julie says:

      It shouldn’t be hard to find! It should be where all your lettuce, spinach, romaine, leafy greens are! Ask the supermarket attendant if you can’t find it still! :)

  • shelly (cookies and cups) says:

    Oh, this looks amazing! I love goat cheese and that pesto sounds so great! Glad you had fun at Mixed!!

  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain says:

    Seriously, when do we go back? I really miss all you gals! This arugula pesto is gorgeous…swooooon. I’m thinking this could definitely be dinner tonight.

  • Tracey says:

    Gorgeous Julie! I love the color and the addition of goat cheese with the pasta. Wish I had some for lunch :)

  • Katherine (Gour-Maybe?) says:

    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

  • Julia | JuliasAlbum.com says:

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

  • Chelsea says:

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

    • Julie says:

      Yes, you absolutely can! Enjoy :)

  • Dawn S says:

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

    • Julie says:

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

  • Dawn S says:

    Sweet! Thanks!

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