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.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2014


Recipe Summary

40 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler. Line a small baking sheet with foil.

  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking water.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

391 calories; protein 17g; carbohydrates 52.9g; dietary fiber 8.1g; sugars 5.6g; fat 14.9g; saturated fat 5.4g; cholesterol 13mg; vitamin a iu 5963.5IU; vitamin c 38mg; folate 147.6mcg; calcium 158.6mg; iron 4.5mg; magnesium 109.6mg; potassium 739mg; sodium 478.4mg; thiamin 0.3mg.

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7 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
Great recipe! I enjoyed making this! The medallions are a new idea to me and It really finished off this dish! I make this using less acidic tomatoes (yellow). Totally sharing this one with my daughter! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Delicious and fast! Great Sunday night meal with leftovers for Monday's lunch! I omitted the dill and added basil at the end. Delicious. Pros: few ingredients easy to adapt Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I made to recipe for a friend that was visiting and we all loved it. She liked it so much she asked me to send the recipe to her. Definitely a make again dish! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Quick and yummy I used dried dill and it worked fine. The flavorful cheese played will with the lightly seasoned pasta mix. Next (and there WILL be a next time) I'll add basil. Pros: Fast prep light and filling Read More
Rating: 3 stars
A little too bland for all the work to make it This was a pretty good meal but I thought it was a bit bland and boring for all the work it took with slicing the onions garlic and tomatoes. The goat cheese came out perfect and added a nice creaminess to the dish but I wasn't crazy about the pasta dish itself. I used about a 1/2 cup less of sliced onions than it called for and I thought the onion taste was still too strong. I don't use salt while cooking so I used Mrs. Dash instead. In most recipes Mrs. Dash is the perfect substitute for salt but it didn't add much to the pasta; I even put extra on when I served it. I will definitely use the goat cheese medallions again; it would be great on a salad or other pastas. Just wasn't too excited about the rest of the dish. Pros: Goat cheese adds nice creaminess Cons: Too long to prepare bland Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Easy Filling & Healthy I liked the creaminess of the goat cheese with dill. It helped add some flavor to the rest of the dish which mainly relied on the tomatoes and garlic for flavor. I'll try adding basil like the other reviewer next time. Pros: NULL Cons: NULL Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Always looking for good vegetarian recipes to fill in the week. Did not think basil would supply enough flavor so I added just a little Marsala wine I had on the counter and got a nice sweet boost to the meal. Definite keeper especially with the garden vegetables coming in. Pros: What a delight this dish was and such a nice plate appearance Cons: but as others described was a little bland. Read More