Linguinie with Prawns, Spinach, Tomatoes and Goat Cheese

For those of you that are shying away from this recipe because of the words, “goat cheese”, you are not alone. I know many people who cringe at the words and refuse to eat anything with goat cheese listed as an ingredient. I don’t know if its because they tried it and didn’t like it or if it’s because it has the word goat in it. But I urge you to give it a try if you haven’t. I was first introduced to goat cheese at the ripe old age of 9 when I went camping with my mom and some of her friends. My first response, was “Mom, I am not eating anything that comes from a goat!” But my mom can be very convincing so after a little coaxing I finally took a bite and I surprise, I LOVED it. For those of you that have never had it, it’s a little tart and a little creamy. One of my favorite things to pair it with is spinach so when I was making a pasta with spinach last week and wanted to add something a little creamy to the mix, I thought to add goat cheese.  In addition to the spinach and goat cheese, I also added some succulent prawns, sweet tomatoes and a splash of brandy. It was a very light pasta, perfect for a warm evening.

This pasta comes together pretty quickly, which makes it great for weeknights. I like to add the spinach at the end so that it barely wilts, followed by the tomatoes. I find that if you cook the tomatoes just slightly, they burst with sweet tomato flavor the moment you take a bite.

I used linguine in this recipe, but you could easily substitute fettuccine, spaghetti or even angel hair.

The Recipe

  • Serves 4
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound dried linguine
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 pound (24-30 count) prawns, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon brandy
  • 2 tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 2 cups spinach leaves
  • 4 ounces goat cheese crumbles

Instructions:

  1. Heat water for pasta according to package directions. Cook until Al-dente. Strain.
  2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook garlic and shallots just until soft. About 3 minutes. Add oregano, basil, crushed red pepper and salt. Cook 1 minute.
  3. Add prawns. Cook 3-5 minutes or until they turn pink. Stir in brandy to deglaze the pan. Cook 1 minute.
  4. Transfer strained pasta to the skillet. Toss.
  5. Toss in spinach, tomatoes and goat cheese. Cook 3 minutes or just until the spinach wilts and the cheese softens slightly tossing occasionally. Note: As the cheese melts it will coat the pasta slightly, if you want the crumbles to stay intact, toss them in just before serving.
  6. Serve immediately.

Enjoy!

  • http://watkinslynn.typepad.com/pages_pucks_and_pantry/ Mrs. L

    My husband is one of those that says he doesn’t like goat cheese because of the taste. I’m on a mission to change that as I LOVE goat cheese. I’ll have to make this for dinner and see if he’ll eat it (if not, yippeeee! more for me!)

  • taylor

    looks good, but try using sherry in stead of brandy, and also like half a teaspoon of sherry vinegar. it compliments the tomatoes better!

  • http://www.ceramiccanvas.com Reginald

    wow! This looks stunning. Congrats on the great photo work. If I didn’t have shellfish allegies, I would have to try this – life’s not fair. :)

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