Pesto spaghetti is given a new breath of life with some peas, goats cheese and some extra pine nuts, to make a quick pasta dinner.
Pesto Spaghetti with Peas and Goats Cheese.
Time for the folk who don’t like goats cheese to run away again. This simple Pesto Spaghetti recipe features it in a big way.
I love the goat cheese and peas combination. Th acidic salty flavour alongside the sweet explosions of peas is just wonderful as far as I am concerned.
It has already appeared as a combination here once this summer in a deep fried goats cheese and pea puree recipe.
You really must check that one out, especially if you have someone to impress. It really is a head turner!
I reckon the first time I had pesto spaghetti was as a student.
It, of course, consisted of pouring a jar of the cheapest pesto I could find into a bowl of the cheapest and probably, most overcooked pasta I could muster.
This recipe, however, is much more refined and without question much more tasty than my student fumblings.
How to Make Homemade Pesto.
I would urge you to make your own pesto it really is superior if you have time. It comes with the bonus of requiring the sum total of zero chefy skills!
You toast some nuts after that your cooking is done!
You literally then chuck stuff in a mini blender or pestle and mortar and bash or blitz it.
Take it to a smooth paste or leave it chunky, it is entirely down to you.
So realistically if you can shop you can make a world-class homemade pesto in minutes!
Shop bought pesto maybe cheaper, but there is a reason for that… The ingredients in at are not fresh!
Can you store homemade pesto? Yup! It will last in the fridge in a jar for 2-3 weeks.
All you need to do is cover with a layer of olive oil and seal in a jar.
It can also be used in surprising ways! I use a rocket pesto as the sauce base for this pesto pizza.
Goats Cheese Recipes.
You will find my site littered with goats cheese recipes, I love the stuff. It adds a wonderful salty acidity to recipes that many other kinds of cheese fail to supply.
A perfect example of this is in my ham and cheese salad with pickled peaches recipe.
Like this pesto spaghetti recipe, it uses that salty acidic chalkiness to stand out against sharp and sweet flavours. Setting up that whole sweet, sour and salty trifecta I strive to create in so many of my recipes
Rather than soft goats cheese this super simple, some would say stupidly simple recipe uses hard matured goats cheese.
Hard goats cheese packs even more flavour, I did tell you none goat cheese lovers to run!
So what is the difference between hard and soft goats cheese?
The principal difference is age. Or more specifically maturity and as with all cheese age adds complexity and flavour.
Hard goats cheese is great used in all sorts of dishes. The cheese used in this dish is a cheese matured for a year.
This gives it a beautifully complex flavour and crumbly texture.
- 150 g Spaghetti
- 100 g Goats Cheese
- 25 g Pine nuts
- 50 g Pesto
- 100 g Peas
- 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
For Homemade Pesto:
- 25 g Pine Nuts
- 35 g Basil
- 25 g Parmesan Cheese
- 2 Cloves Garlic
- 75 ml Olive Oil
- Bring a large pan of water to the boil and generously salt, use this to cook your spaghetti as per the instructions.
- This should take around 8-10 minutes, once the pasta has been in the water for a couple of minutes heat a dry frying pan over a medium heat and toast of your pine nuts. Keep your eyes on these they will go from not cooked to burned real quick.
- 2 minutes before the pasta is ready to come out of the pan add your peas and cook for a couple of minutes, reduce this to one minute if using fresh.
- When you pasta is cooked al dente, drain reserving a little of the cooking liquid.
- Add the pasta to a pan and mix in the pesto half of the goats cheese, the peas and half of the pine nuts and mix with enough of the cooking liquid to make a nice "sauce".
- Serve and sprinkle with the remaining goats cheese and pine nuts and drizzle with olive oil.
- If you are making your own pesto, toast the pine nuts in a dry frying pan.
- Transfer to a blender, add the remaining ingredients and blitz until an appropriate texture is achieved.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 570 Total Fat: 40g Saturated Fat: 11g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 25g Cholesterol: 29mg Sodium: 662mg Carbohydrates: 34g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 4g Protein: 21g