Very Much Alive Pasta with Goat Cheese

Excerpted from For the Love of Cheese: Recipes and Wisdom from the Cheese Boutique by Afrim Pristine

I could have easily created 60 pasta recipes in this book, but I only have a few, so I need them to be special. Go to your local grocery store and get yourself the softest, creamiest goat cheese they have because this cheesy pasta recipe deserves it. It is a great meal for a nice springtime lunch with friends or family. I love this pasta dish because the goat cheese has a big presence, and as a no-sauce pasta, it is much lighter for the spring or summer heat.


  • 1 lb (450 g) rapini
  • ⅓ cup (85 ml) extra-virgin olive oil 6 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) crushed red chili flakes 1 lb (450 g) dried orecchiette pasta 3 Tbsp (45 ml) grated lemon zest Sea salt
  • 6 oz (170 g) goat cheese, room temperature (see note)


1. Roughly chop the rapini.

2. Bring a large pot with 8 cups (2 l) of salted water (I suggest sea salt) to a boil over high heat. Prepare a large bowl of ice water. Add the rapini to the boiling water, and cook for approximately 4 minutes or until tender. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the rapini to the ice water. Chill, then drain the rapini. Pat them dry using a paper towel.

3. In a 12-inch (30 cm) skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic, and cook, stirring occasionally, for

3 minutes or until golden. Add the chili flakes, and cook, stirring constantly, for about 45 seconds to allow the flavors to infuse. Add the rapini, toss to combine the ingredients, and remove the pan from the heat.

4. Bring a medium pot of 6 cups (1.5 l) of salted water (again, sea salt is best) to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta, and cook for 1 minute less than the package’s instructions specify.

5. Drain the pasta, and transfer it, along with the rapini, to the large skillet. Add the lemon zest, and turn the heat back on high. Toss to combine all the ingredients, cooking for about 1 minute, then season to taste with sea salt.

6. Divide the pasta between your serving bowls, and add a big spoonful of goat cheese to each.

7. Let the heat from the cooked pasta get the goat cheese rich and creamy, and enjoy.

Excerpted from For the Love of Cheese: Recipes and Wisdom from the Cheese Boutique by Afrim Pristine. Copyright © 2018 Afrim Pristine. Published by Appetite by Random House®, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.

prep 15 minutes
Cook 18 minutes
serves 2–4

The Harrowsmith Team
The Harrowsmith Team

More than 40 years ago, in 1976, James Lawrence pasted together the first edition of Harrowsmith magazine on his kitchen table in rural Ontario. Totally unique, it was the first Canadian magazine to focus on organic living, alternative energy sources, and a country lifestyle. Lawrence’s ode to back-to- the-land virtues quickly attracted legions of fans and soon became Canada’s bible for rural living.

By The Same Author:

Posted on Monday, November 26th, 2018
Filed under Food | Recipes
Tagged: Goat Cheese | pasta
Winter Issue 2021 | Harrowsmith Magazine
Fall Almanac 2022 | Harrowsmith Magazine

Read More

Easy Irish Soda Bread

Easy Irish Soda Bread

With a maple glaze and added cranberries, this bread is delicious any time of the year

Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Everyone’s favourite pot pie in a big bowl of comforting soup. Serve with yummy warm puff pastry biscuits that are so simple to make.

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This