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Summer Vegetable Pasta with Crispy Goat Cheese Medallions
EatingWell Test Kitchen
“This vegetarian pasta recipe is loaded with fresh vegetables—sweet spring onions, tangy cherry tomatoes and plenty of baby spinach. Goat cheese medallions are coated with panko and lightly crisped under the broiler, making this a restaurant-worthy yet super-simple and impressive weeknight dinner.”
8 ounces whole-wheat bow-tie pasta
1½ tablespoons chopped fresh dill
1½ tablespoons panko-style breadcrumbs
4 ounces goat cheese
Olive oil cooking spray
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 spring onion bulbs, halved and thinly sliced, or 2 cups thinly sliced small onions
1½ pints cherry tomatoes, halved (3 cups)
2 cloves garlic, sliced
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
6 cups baby spinach
1Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler. Line a small baking sheet with foil.
2Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving ½ cup of the cooking water.
3Meanwhile combine dill and panko in a small bowl. Divide goat cheese into 4 portions; shape each into a 1-inch-wide disk. Coat the disks in the panko, lightly patting the mixture onto the cheese to help it stick. Place on the prepared baking sheet and lightly coat the tops with cooking spray. Set aside.
4Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring, until lightly browned, 5 to 6 minutes. Add tomatoes, garlic, salt and pepper; cook until the tomatoes release their juice, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the reserved ½ cup water, scraping up any browned bits. Stir in spinach and the pasta; remove from heat.
5Broil the goat cheese rounds, watching closely, until light brown and crispy on top, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve each portion of pasta topped with a goat cheese medallion.