Tired of the gummy noodle side dishes from a pouch or a box? Looking for something deliciously different? Rich and tangy with a hint of sweetness, goat cheese and apple pasta fills the bill. I’ll show you how to Go Boxless and create something your family will rave over.
The idea for this pasta came about after making a spread with similar ingredients for stuffed endive. There are many versions to be found on the internet and this pasta is great choice to serve on its own or as a side to pan fried pork chops.
I found this on AllRecipes.com to use as my inspiration. He used ditalini but other short pasta you have on hand will work. I used a broad ribbon pasta called mafalda. It looks like mini lasagna noodles. Even though I left the peel on the apples the end product, while extremely tasty, is rather blah looking. Next time I’ll add some broccoli to add more color.
- 2 cups uncooked small pasta
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/2 small onion, diced
- 1 – 2 apples, cored and diced into bite sized pieces
- 1 cup broth (chicken or vegetable)
- 4 ounces creamy goat cheese
- 1 – 2 ounces cream cheese (optional, great for reducing the sharpness of the goat cheese)
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (toasting optional)
- 1 cup more or less cooked chopped broccoli (optional)
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
- pinch cayenne pepper
- salt and pepper to taste
- Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted water. Drain when cooked. Reserve some of the pasta water in case you need it to thin down the sauce.
- While the pasta is cooking, melt the butter in a large saucepan or dutch oven and saute the onions and apples until softened
- Add the broth and continue to cook.
- Stir in the goat cheese, cayenne pepper and thyme; allow goat cheese to melt. Add some reserved pasta water to thin the sauce, add more goat cheese or cream cheese if you need more. (If you forgot to reserve some pasta water you can add milk, cream or more broth).
- Mix in the drained pasta and stir well until all the noodles are covered with the sauce.
- Gently fold in the walnuts and broccoli, if using.
- Taste and adjust seasonings.