Spinach Linguine with Goat Cheese and Bacon

Spinach linguine tossed with fresh baby spinach, roasted red peppers, garlic, bacon and goat cheese. The result of an intense craving for goat cheese and spinach pasta. I love when that happens.

The goat cheese melts and becomes one with the starchy pasta water to make a creamy sauce that clings to the linguine. Because goat cheese has a strong, distinct flavor a little goes a long way.

Being this has a double dose of spinach in it and a cream sauce without any real heavy cream adding bacon is a completely acceptable indulgence. It adds a much-needed, salty, chewy counterpoint to the goat cheese.

This comes together fast with impressive results! Cooking the bacon takes more time than everything else put together. Skip the bacon if you’re pressed for time or want to make a vegetarian version. Grape tomatoes would be a great addition instead or even a handful of toasted pine or walnuts.

Spinach Linguine with Goat Cheese and Bacon

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 3-4 servings

Spinach Linguine with Goat Cheese and Bacon

Spinach linguine tossed with fresh baby spinach, roasted red peppers, garlic, bacon and goat cheese.

Ingredients:

4 slices bacon
8 ounces spinach linguine
olive oil
1 roasted red pepper, cut in short, thin strips
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 packed cups fresh baby spinach
4 ounce goat cheese log
sea salt and fresh black pepper
grated parmesan cheese, for serving

Instructions:

  1. In a large skillet cook the bacon until crisp. Remove to a plate lined with paper towels and set aside.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions to al dente.
  3. Meanwhile drain grease from skillet, add a tablespoon oil and saute the pepper and garlic together 3-4 minutes over medium-low heat. Stack the spinach leaves on top of each other and roll up length-wise, cut into thin ribbons (chiffonade). Slice the goat cheese into rounds. Crumble up the bacon.
  4. Reserve a 1/2 cup of the pasta water, drain the pasta and add to the skillet with the spinach and goat cheese. Toss gently adding pasta water a little at a time to form a sauce with the goat cheese as it melts. Season with salt and pepper, stir in bacon and serve immediately with parmesan cheese.
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Comments

  1. sally @ sallys baking addiction says

    the only thing i may love more in this world than peanut butter is goat cheese. holy heck this pasta dish looks SO good Reeni! you are a creative pasta recipe goddess. and what beautiful pictures! looks like it should be ain a magazine :)

  2. Becki's Whole Life says

    There are just so many things I like about this recipe, Reeni! First of all, goat cheese is one of my favorite flavors ever. I have never had it with bacon and that sounds like it could possibly make it even tastier. I love all of the spinach in here, too!
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  3. Federica says

    What beautiful colors! You’re so creative dear, these linguine are really tasty and appetizing. Bye bye, hope you have a great day

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