Roasted Red Pepper Pesto Pasta w/Goat Cheese

Roasted red pepper pesto pasta has so much flavor and it's so easy to make!

Make this roasted red pepper pesto pasta for a simple and flavorful dinner

There are two problems with being on a conference call for work. One, having to use the bathroom, and two, being ravenous. That kind of sounds gross, doesn’t it? Well, those two things decided to embark itself upon me yesterday. I was on a conference call with some clients and then my bladder decides to scream at me. Yeah, well, I couldn’t leave my chair for one full hour and we were only 20 minutes into the call. And then on top of my bladder (literally), my stomach decides to grumble at me. Well for crying out loud, apparently I can’t control my bodily functions. I almost pulled a Bethenny Frankel. Has anyone seen that episode? She’s about to walk down the aisle and she’s like 7 months pregnant and needs to go to the bathroom, so she stands over a trashcan with her assistants holding up her dress.

While it’d be nice if I had assistants, I would’ve probably done it on my own. I do have an office door. But I’M KIDDING. I would never do something like that especially at work.

Okay so on top of all my issues, I decided that I needed more reasons to be hungry so I went on Pinterest and Foodgawker and proceeded to stare at FOOD. Yeah, I’m so smart.

But I digress. I’m here to welcome you to the sequel of yesterday’s roasted red pepper pesto. Of all the things you have on your “to-make” list, I highly suggest you shove all your priorities aside and make this asap. Like burn that sheet of paper and make this instead. Okay, I’m just kidding (maybe), but this is some kick-ass pasta and your taste buds are just BEGGING you to enlighten them with it.

Roasted Red Pepper Pesto Pasta w/Goat Cheese
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

A simple yet extremely flavor-filled dinner!

Servings: 2
  • 4-5 tbsp roasted red pepper pesto
  • 3 oz goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup reserved pasta water
  • 3/4 pound spaghetti pasta
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Basil to garnish
  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil and season with salt. Drop in your pasta and cook it according to instructions on the box.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, "melt" the 4-5 tbsp. of roasted red pepper pesto along with the goat cheese. Get some of the reserved pasta water and pour it in the skillet as well to thin out the mixture.
  3. Once pasta is done cooking, drain well and add it to the skillet. Turn the heat off and toss the pasta well to coat in mixture.
  4. Garnish with freshly chopped basil and serve immediately.



Posted on June 21, 2012

dinner for two by julie wampler



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  1. 06/21/2012 at 6:09 am

    Your posts seriously always make me laugh! I don’t know the whole conference call thing, but that always happens to me in movies. I say to myself “I hope I don’t have to pee” then what happens?? Ten minutes in, here comes the urge. Yup. They should place trash cans at the end of the isles in movie theaters for that ;) ok but in all reality I really want this pasta! Can’t wait to be in the states and get my hands on a food processor so I can make this delicious pesto and pasta. Mmmm!

  2. 06/21/2012 at 6:14 am

    I obviously didn’t write my email correctly on the last comment…. I’m still drooling over this recipe though!!!

  3. 06/21/2012 at 7:19 am

    You are too funny! And this pasta looks like everything I love about a pasta dish all combined into one: creamy, cheesy and super flavorful!

  4. 06/21/2012 at 7:38 am

    Seeing this is making my stomache grumble! I could eat this everyday!

  5. 06/21/2012 at 8:28 am

    Ooooh. Roasted red peppers and goat cheese is one of my favorite combos. This looks amazing!

  6. 06/21/2012 at 8:43 am

    Need. Want. Must have.

  7. 06/21/2012 at 8:45 am

    This is gorgeous!! I have a weakness for pasta and I love everything roasted red pepper – I am trying this ASAP!

  8. 06/21/2012 at 8:54 am

    hahahhahaha yes I’ve seen that Bethany episode. So, so funny.

    Love this recipe Julie – the pairing of goat cheese with yesterday’s pesto is spot on. I love goat cheese – it’s by far my fave cheese. Love it on salads, but have never had it on pasta before now that I think of it! And what pretty pictures! You have beautiful lighting in your new home. :)

  9. 06/21/2012 at 9:01 am

    It’s the perfect follow up to yesterday’s recipe. I have a huge obsession with goat cheese, so I’m wishing it was lunch time over here.

  10. 06/21/2012 at 9:10 am

    I don’t even like red peppers but this looks TOO good. Especially with goat cheese! Mmmm!

  11. 06/21/2012 at 9:22 am

    long conference calls are the worst!! especially when you really dont have to say anything, but then of course if you got up to leave, they would have a question for you and whoops!

    anyways, this pasta looks so wonderful. I am already starving for lunch at 9:22am. as always.

  12. 06/21/2012 at 9:37 am

    Thank goodness you survived! I was honestly worried for your health (and for the rest of your office) yesterday mid-conference call. ;)

  13. 06/21/2012 at 9:43 am

    Anything with Pesto and Goat cheese totally takes priority!! Likes, totes.

  14. 06/21/2012 at 10:52 am

    Oh haaaaaaayell yes.

  15. 06/21/2012 at 10:59 am

    Perrrfect use of the pesto. Love this. Glad you finally got to pee! :)

  16. 06/21/2012 at 11:24 am

    Ok, this definitely got my tummy rumbling! Is it time for lunch yet?

  17. 06/21/2012 at 11:50 am

    Oh man you really delivered on this pasta! And I’m a goat cheese fanatic so you know I’m board!

  18. 06/21/2012 at 1:03 pm

    I absolutely love love love love spaghetti. It is by far my favourite pasta of all time. I would literally have it for breakfast! Great recipe! And – don’t worry, I am the worst when it comes to grumbling tummies…I am sure I have someone living down there!!!

  19. 06/21/2012 at 1:58 pm

    I love goat cheese – i love spaghetti – i love roasted peppers – i love this dish. I know what i’m making this weekend. Thanks!

  20. 06/21/2012 at 1:59 pm

    Noooooooooow I’m craving pasta. thankyouverymuch.

  21. 06/21/2012 at 2:13 pm

    I feel your pain, I was in exactly the same situation the other day and spent most of the call fidgeting at my desk!

  22. 06/21/2012 at 2:31 pm

    Ummm yes PLEASE! This pasta sounds amazing Julie!

  23. 06/21/2012 at 3:24 pm

    I think your bladder is talking to mine and I’m stuck with a sleeping baby. Curses. Seriously want this pasta. A bowl of this would be so awesome.

  24. 06/21/2012 at 3:53 pm

    Red pepper pesto, pasta, and goat cheese. Yup, this looks amazing!

  25. 06/21/2012 at 4:10 pm

    love this. want it for dinner tonight. got an extra pesto to share? :)

  26. 06/21/2012 at 6:28 pm

    oh wow, this looks sooooo good. i love easy, flavorful pasta dishes like this. and i’m already hungry for dinner, so i could go for a huuuuuge portion of this right now. NOM!

  27. 06/21/2012 at 7:18 pm

    Yummmmmm. I have plans to do something similar to some pasta tomorrow for dinner :) Is it sad that I’m already looking forward to TOMORROW’s dinner?

  28. 06/21/2012 at 7:39 pm

    This pasta sounds perfect! Pesto, goat cheese, roasted red pepper, and a huge bowl of pasta. All great things.

  29. 06/22/2012 at 2:37 am

    Yeah, so this looks amazing and I am listening and bumping it to the top of the ever-growing must-make pile. Thank you :)

  30. 06/22/2012 at 10:15 am

    Yes, this is getting made. LOVE!

  31. 06/22/2012 at 12:08 pm

    Yum! This looks so delicious! We’re food gawker neighbors today!

  32. 06/22/2012 at 2:33 pm

    I have to try this ASAP! Looks fantastic!

  33. 06/22/2012 at 3:50 pm

    Oh, I want this! Like, right now.

  34. Oh yum! What a flavorful pasta! I could use this for dinner tonight, I am just not in the mood to cook!

  35. 06/24/2012 at 8:09 am

    Great recipe. It will go perfect with grilled chicken for a nice summer meal on the porch!

  36. 06/24/2012 at 9:10 pm

    Ugh, conference calls. I could definitely do without these…but not the pasta! This looks so good!

  37. 06/25/2012 at 2:52 pm

    That has happened to me on SO many conference calls. There have definitely been times where I muted my phone, left my headset on the desk and run to the bathroom!

    This look delicious!!

  38. 06/28/2012 at 5:28 pm

    Oh my gosh Julie, I was drooling over your sprinkle cookies then this caught my eye big time. This is gorgeous. I need to pick up a couple of things first but I need to try this on the weekend. What a fabulous dish.

  39. Kristin
    07/04/2012 at 3:33 pm

    Wow wow and wow! Just finished making this and it was finger lickin’ good.

    Wait, what? How is that possible?! It’s pasta. Once you scarf this in your mouth (no chatting in between bites), you then steal pasta off other people’s plate because their not eating it quick enough, you then break out into desperation for more and come to the conclusion you need bread. Bread to soak up all that goodness of the sauce from the bottom of the plate. Yes, I even cleaned the pan too.

    Hands down one of my favorite pasta recipes I’ve ever made (and I’ve made a lot)….

  40. 07/05/2012 at 3:03 pm

    we used this recipe as a jumping off point for some pizza!

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