Summer Vegetable Pasta with Crispy Goat Cheese Medallions

May/June 2014

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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.

Summer Vegetable Pasta with Crispy Goat Cheese Medallions

Makes: 4 servings

Serving Size: 1 3/4 cups

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  • 8 ounces whole-wheat bow-tie pasta
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 1 1/2 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
  • 1 1/2 pints cherry tomatoes, halved (3 cups)
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 6 cups baby spinach


  1. Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler. Line a small baking sheet with foil.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking water.
  3. Meanwhile 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.
  4. Heat 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 1/2 cup water, scraping up any browned bits. Stir in spinach and the pasta; remove from heat.
  5. Broil 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.


Per serving: 387 calories; 15 g fat (5 g sat, 7 g mono); 13 mg cholesterol; 53 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 6 g total sugars; 17 g protein; 8 g fiber; 452 mg sodium; 739 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (119% daily value), Vitamin C (63% dv), Folate (37% dv), Magnesium (27% dv), Iron (25% dv), Potassium (21% dv), Calcium (16% dv)

Carbohydrate Servings: 3

Exchanges: 2 1/2 starch, 2 vegetable, 1 medium fat meat, 1 1/2 fat

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