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!
    Prep Time: 5 mins
    Cook Time: 15 mins
    Total Time: 5 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 4
    Calories: 396kcal
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    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


    • 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.


    Nutrition Facts
    Arugula Pesto Bowtie Pasta with Goat Cheese
    Amount Per Serving (0.25 of recipe)
    Calories 396 Calories from Fat 180
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 20g31%
    Carbohydrates 39g13%
    Fiber 3g12%
    Sugar 1g1%
    Protein 15g30%
    * 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 @ 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.

  • Julia | 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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