Roasted Red Pepper Pesto Pasta w/Goat Cheese

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    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

    A simple yet extremely flavor-filled dinner!
    Prep Time: 10 mins
    Cook Time: 20 mins
    Total Time: 30 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 2
    Calories: 744kcal
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    • 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


    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Garnish with freshly chopped basil and serve immediately.


    Nutrition Facts
    Roasted Red Pepper Pesto Pasta w/Goat Cheese
    Amount Per Serving (1 Serving)
    Calories 744 Calories from Fat 126
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 14g22%
    Carbohydrates 125g42%
    Fiber 6g24%
    Sugar 8g9%
    Protein 29g58%
    * 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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  • Carla @ Carla's Confections says:

    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!

  • Carla @ Carla's Confections says:

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

  • Mercedes says:

    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!

  • Jennifer @ Mother Thyme says:

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

  • Ali @ Gimme Some Oven says:

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

  • shelly (cookies and cups) says:

    Need. Want. Must have.

  • Mackenzie @SusieFreakingHomemaker says:

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

  • sally @ sally's baking addiction says:

    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. :)

  • Amanda at the red table says:

    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.

  • amanda @ fake ginger says:

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

  • elizabeth @ chronic venture says:

    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.

  • Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray says:

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

  • Megan {Country Cleaver} says:

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

  • Bev @ Bev Cooks says:

    Oh haaaaaaayell yes.

  • Cassie says:

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

  • Ryan @ Spicy Richmond says:

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

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says:

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

  • Aninas Recipes says:

    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!!!

  • Chuck says:

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

  • Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen says:

    Noooooooooow I’m craving pasta. thankyouverymuch.

  • Kathryn says:

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

  • Laurie {Simply Scratch} says:

    Ummm yes PLEASE! This pasta sounds amazing Julie!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    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.

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says:

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

  • brandi says:

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

  • amy @ fearless homemaker says:

    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!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen says:

    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?

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

  • Anna @ hiddenponies says:

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

  • Shawn @ I Wash...You Dry says:

    Yes, this is getting made. LOVE!

  • Awkward Kitchenette says:

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

  • Riley says:

    I have to try this ASAP! Looks fantastic!

  • Oh, I want this! Like, right now.

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts says:

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

  • Good Food Good Friends says:

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

  • Baking Serendipity says:

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

  • Lauren at Keep It Sweet says:

    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!!

  • Kim Bee says:

    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.

  • Kristin says:

    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)….

  • nicole @ I am a Honey bee says:

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

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