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Baked Goat Cheese & Tomato Pasta

Baked Goat Cheese & Tomato Pasta features ALDI’s garlic herb goat cheese & fresh grape tomatoes in a flavorful vegetarian weeknight dinner.

How about a simple vegetarian pasta dish tonight? Baked Goat Cheese & Tomato Pasta makes its own flavorful sauce from garlic herb goat cheese, tomatoes, and a bit of olive oil.

Baked goat cheese and tomato pasta is best topped with Parmesan

The inspiration for this pasta was not my original idea, so here’s the backstory on this one. Some of you may have seen or tried the viral TikTok recipe for baked feta pasta that’s been spreading like wildfire lately — and you can read about the origin of this pasta and its creator(s) in the article linked. Well, I wanted to give it a try, but my local ALDI only carries block feta seasonally. Plus — this being winter — I didn’t have any fresh garden herbs to add.

So, I gave baked cheesy pasta a go over here with ALDI’s garlic & herb goat cheese, and also threw in some lovely sauteed onions. This helped punch up the flavor more in the dead of winter.

Baked Goat Cheese & Tomato Pasta

goat cheese and tomato pasta ingredients

Ingredients

1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
2 pints grape or cherry tomatoes
4 oz log of garlic & herb goat cheese
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp basil
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
Sea salt, to taste
Black pepper, to taste
8 oz dry shaped pasta (I used rotini)
1 large or two small onions, thinly sliced into half moons
2 tsp minced garlic (about 4 cloves)
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Add 1/4 cup olive oil to an 8×11 casserole dish. Stir in the tomatoes, until they are nicely coated with oil.

seasoned goat cheese and tomatoes

Make room in the center to place the goat cheese in the baking dish. Flip the cheese over gently a couple of times, so that it also gets coated with the oil, then season everything with sea salt, black pepper, oregano, basil, and crushed red pepper.

browned goat cheese and tomatoes

Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, then broil for 2 minutes to brown.

browned onions in a skillet

While the tomatoes and cheese are baking, cook pasta al dente according to package instructions and drain. Also, saute the onions over medium heat in 1 Tbsp olive oil, stirring occasionally, until very soft and browned.

cheesy tomato pasta in a casserole dish

Remove the baking dish from the oven. Immediately throw in the minced garlic, and stir the tomatoes and cheese together until melted and nicely combined. Stir in the Parmesan and sauted onion, then add and stir in the cooked pasta.

Serve your goat cheese & tomato pasta topped with additional Parmesan and parsley, if desired.

Note: The tomatoes will be crowded in the casserole dish, but that’s fine — you want them to stay juicy, because you’re using them as the basis for the sauce here.

Variations on a theme

Baked Goat Cheese & Tomato Pasta features ALDI's garlic herb goat cheese & fresh grape tomatoes in a flavorful vegetarian weeknight dinner.

This pasta made for a fresh & easy weeknight dinner, and was delicious with garlic bread. But, when I make it again, I’d jazz it up even more. I’d suggest one of the following:

  • Wilting in some fresh spinach at the end for flavor and visual interest
  • Browning chicken sausage to throw in your pasta for texture and smoky flavor
  • Adding sauteed mushrooms, because, well, mushrooms.

Yes, baked cheese pasta was nice & flavorful as is and worked well with goat cheese. But, you could definitely kick the base recipe up a notch.

Baked Goat Cheese & Tomato Pasta, printable recipe

Baked Goat Cheese & Tomato Pasta

Baked Goat Cheese & Tomato Pasta features ALDI’s garlic herb goat cheese & fresh grape tomatoes in a flavorful vegetarian weeknight dinner.
Course dinner
Cuisine vegetarian
Keyword goat cheese, goat cheese pasta, grape tomatoes, meatless monday, pasta, tomatoes, vegetarian, vegetarian pasta
Prep Time 13 minutes
Cook Time 32 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil divided
  • 2 pints grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 4 oz log of garlic & herb goat cheese
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp basil
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 8 oz dry shaped pasta I used rotini
  • 1 large or two small onions thinly sliced into half moons
  • 2 tsp minced garlic about 4 cloves
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Add 1/4 cup olive oil to an 8×11 casserole dish. Stir in the tomatoes, until they are nicely coated with oil.
  • Make room in the center to place the goat cheese in the baking dish. Flip the cheese over gently a couple of times, so that it also gets coated with the oil, then season everything with sea salt, black pepper, oregano, basil, and crushed red pepper.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, then broil for 2 minutes to brown.
  • While the tomatoes and cheese are baking, cook pasta al dente according to package instructions and drain. Also, saute the onions over medium heat in 1 Tbsp olive oil, stirring occasionally, until very soft and browned.
  • Remove the baking dish from the oven. Immediately throw in the minced garlic, and stir the tomatoes and cheese together until melted and nicely combined. Stir in the Parmesan and sauted onion, then add and stir in the cooked pasta.
  • Serve your goat cheese & tomato pasta topped with additional Parmesan and parsley, if desired.

Notes

The tomatoes will be crowded in the casserole dish, but that’s fine — you want them to stay juicy, because you’re using them as the basis for the sauce here.

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Recipe Rating




Angela

Thursday 4th of March 2021

They only had plain goat cheese at Aldi, do you have a suggestion of how much and what seasonings to add?

rachel

Thursday 4th of March 2021

I haven't made it with plain, but I'd just increase the other seasonings to taste -- herbed goat cheese is typically seasoned with things like oregano, basil, & garlic, maybe also add a little parsley.

Sarah Roberts

Tuesday 23rd of February 2021

Any idea on the calorie content per serving on this?

I made this last night and I added jalapeno chicken sausage, spinach, and whole white mushrooms. It was great! My 2 year old loved it.

rachel

Tuesday 23rd of February 2021

I'm sorry, I don't. It's so variable I'm not comfortable providing set nutrition info; some people like to use myfitnesspal or similar apps to calculate.

Jessica

Sunday 21st of February 2021

This looks delicious! Just an FYI, the recipe card doesn't mention adding the cheese and seasonings but it is mentioned in the blog post.

rachel

Sunday 21st of February 2021

Yikes! Sorry about that -- it is fixed now.

Jaci

Wednesday 17th of February 2021

Great minds think alike I was just at Aldi’s thinking the same when I couldn’t find the feta.

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