Farfalle with Mushrooms and Goat Cheese Sauce

This pasta has Apolinaras’ name written all over it. I guess you could call him my muse from time to time. He looooves mushrooms and was so happy when I encouraged him to go ahead and put the pricey fresh shitakes in the grocery cart the other day. When I told him I was planning to use the mushrooms in a pasta dish with a creamy goat cheese sauce, he did a cute little happy dance in the middle of the aisle!

Luckily, the pasta came together beautifully and lived up to his high expectations – he loudly proclaimed multiple times that it was his very favorite pasta dish I’ve ever made! Of course, I had to take this with a grain of salt because any dish with mushrooms and goat cheese would steal his heart. I do really like that while this dish tastes incredibly indulgent, it’s really not that bad for you. I used whole wheat farfalle that I purchased at Eataly, but any shape would work well. You could also add some chicken or shrimp if you’d like a bit more protein.

Farfalle with Mushrooms and Goat Cheese Sauce
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1 pound whole wheat farfalle pasta
2 tablespoons olive oil
24 ounces mushrooms, sliced (I used half baby bellas and half shitakes with the stems removed)
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup milk (I used 2%)
1/2 cup freshly grated pecorino romano cheese
10.5 ounces goat cheese (1 log from costco)
1 teaspoon salt

Prepare pasta according to the package directions, drain, and place in a large pot.

Heat olive oil over medium high heat in a large nonstick pan and add mushrooms. Sauté 8 to 10 minutes or until tender; add garlic and sauté 1 additional minute.

Meanwhile, make the sauce by melting the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour until smooth and cook one more minute or until mixture starts to brown. Whisk in milk and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and whisk in pecorino romano, goat cheese, and salt. Heat 5 minutes, stirring frequently, or until cheese is melted and mixture is smooth. Add the sauce and mushrooms to the pot with the cooked pasta and mix well. Makes 6 servings.

Nutrition: 531 calories, 21.8g fat, 7.5g fiber, 22.0g protein per serving
Cost: $2.92 per serving

15 Responses to Farfalle with Mushrooms and Goat Cheese Sauce

  1. This pasta dish, so simple and so tasty, like the combination of mushrooms and cheese. Perfect for a week day dinner.
    Hope you are having a great week Kerstin :-)

  2. This looks awesome and I love how many mushrooms you’ve used. :) I make a similar dish though I usually just add a little reserved pasta water. I’ll have to try it with a roux/cream sauce enxt time!

  3. I adore mushrooms and goat cheese so this sounds like a fantastic combination. I also agree that shiitakes are worth the extra $$$. I LOVE all kinds of interesting mushroom varieties. When you lived in Chicago did you ever get the local-ish ones they sell at the farmers’ markets? They are pricey but fantastic.

    When I was in SF a few months ago I stocked up on all kinds of dried mushrooms and one of these days I really need to play around with them. I’m especially obsessed these days with throwing a little powdered dried mushrooms in things to add more savoriness.

  4. Kerstin-
    I made this for dinner last night and I’m currently devouring the leftovers! I’ll be posting about it soon but I wanted to pop over and tell you just how much we all enjoyed it. I feared the goat cheese might be a little too strong but it wasn’t. YUM!

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