Mushroom and goat cheese farfalle

Juliet Hemmati/Staff

Pasta is one of the easiest and cheapest meals you can cook for yourself, so why not do it right? Be sure to choose a fun pasta such as farfalle, or bow tie, pasta, which needn’t just be saved for black tie events. And remember the key to a great pasta dish is minimalism — two or three key ingredients so one doesn’t overpower the others. So throw in your favorite veggies and cheese, in good balance, and chances are you’re going to have an amazing meal.

If you’re in need for inspiration, try this mushroom and goat cheese farfalle. Cook this dish that serves four, and we promise your kitchen is going to smell amazing. The creamy texture and gorgeous color contrast in the dish will just be an added bonus.

What you’ll need:

IMG_9048

Juliet Hemmati/Staff

10 ounces farfalle (bow tie) pasta

8 ounces thinly sliced cremini mushrooms 

6 ounces goat cheese

1 cup store-bought tomato sauce

vegetable oil

1 teaspoon garlic powder or fresh garlic

1/2 tablespoon dried basil or minced fresh basil

parmesan cheese to taste

salt and pepper to taste

red pepper flakes to taste

What you’ll do:

  1. Cook the pasta as instructed to on the package.

    IMG_9050

    Juliet Hemmati/Staff

  2. In a medium skillet, heat vegetable oil. Add the mushrooms to your skillet. Cook with salt and pepper to taste until they have reduced in size and are soft and tender.
  3. Add garlic powder and dried basil.

    IMG_9055

    Juliet Hemmati/Staff

  4. Warm the tomato sauce in a small sauce pan.
  5. While the pasta is still hot, toss it with your mushroom and sauce sauce. Then, stir in most of the goat cheese.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste.

    IMG_9060

    Juliet Hemmati/Staff

  7. Top with goat cheese chunks and sprinkle with parmesan and red pepper flakes.
  8. Enjoy!

Contact Juliet Hemmati at [email protected].