Meal Planning Monday – Goat Cheese and Arugula Pasta

I love goat cheese. Like, “obsessed” love goat cheese. My mom asked me while we were out to lunch what it tasted like and I just couldn’t put it into words. It is crazy but I can’t describe it.

Okay, wipe up the drool. Onto the recipe for this Monday.

I was introduced to goat cheese by a good friend years ago when we went to her and her husband’s place for dinner. This was waaaay before kids so we could make things with delicious food like goat cheese and arugula. It became a staple in our house and I tweaked it a little bit (OF COURSE) and made it a main dish.

Here is the original, but honestly, I don’t even use it anymore. Lately a new trend has been to fill out a recipe card for the bride to be at a bridal shower. I always use this recipe. It is such a huge hit. You really have to like goat cheese. I guess you could sub any cheese but, like I said, I love goat cheese.

*8 oz of cooked pasta (I use rotini, rigatoni, ziti or mostacolli)
*1 tablespoon olive oil
*1 tablespoon minced garlic (I used already minced garlic from a jar because I cook with it so much. If you’re using your own cloves, it would be about 2-3 minced cloves)
*1/2 pint of cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
*4 oz of delicious goat cheese, crumbled
*1/2 bag (2.5 oz) of a spinach / arugula mix
*2-4 shredded cooked chicken breasts
*salt / pepper to taste
*Olive oil to coat in the end

*Cook your pasta according to directions.
*When there’s a few minutes left on the pasta (you want it to still be hot in a few steps when you mix it all together), heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a medium skillet for a about 30 seconds
*Add the garlic and let it cook until fragrant.
*Add the cherry tomatoes and stir until they wilt and get smaller.
*Transfer your cooked drained pasta to a large bowl.
*Add the garlic / tomato mixture and stir until combined.
*Add the greens, cheese and chicken until the cheese is melted.
*Add salt and pepper to taste.
*If it looks a little dry, add some olive oil to coat the pasta and mix until well combined.

ENJOY! This even isn’t too bad reheated – and I hate stuff reheated. But I’ll eat this!

Happy Cooking!

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