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Goat Cheese Pasta with Chicken & Rosemary

This creamy Goat Cheese Pasta with Chicken and Rosemary is simple enough to make for a weeknight dinner but elegant enough for a special date night in.

White pasta bowl with goat cheese pasta with shredded chicken and rosemary, garnished with chopped parsley

INTRO

Goat cheese pasta sauce with chicken being combined with cooked rigatoni pasta in a large saucepan

CREAMY GOAT CHEESE PASTA

Years and years ago, I used to frequent Michael Symon’s former restaurant, Bar Symon, in my hometown. 

It was there that I discovered this pasta recipe. From the first time I had it, I was hooked. The goat cheese sauce was creamy, tangy, and perfectly infused with fresh rosemary, while the chicken made it hearty enough for a main course.

It’s one of those dishes that forces you to instinctively close your eyes and truly enjoy what is dancing around in your mouth. It was love at first bite and I knew I had to find a way to replicate it at home. 

Ingredients for goat cheese pasta with chicken and rosemary on a gray countertop

I expected to need a long list of ingredients to make such a gorgeous plate of food. I was pretty amazed that it actually consisted of such a short list of ingredients:

  • Rigatoni
  • Heavy cream
  • Fresh rosemary
  • Fresh garlic
  • Goat cheese
  • Shredded roast chicken
  • Salt and pepper

I know what you might be thinking. No, this isn’t a low-calorie recipe. But sometimes you just have to go a bit decadent, especially for a celebration or a date night in.

Heavy cream, chopped rosemary and crushed garlic in a white saucepan

HOW TO MAKE GOAT CHEESE PASTA SAUCE

The ingredients are not the only thing that’s simple about this recipe – the prep work is also a breeze. 

Sometimes I use leftover roast chicken, but you can make it even more simplistic by picking up a rotisserie chicken from your local market.

Whisk stirring rounds of goat cheese into cream sauce in a large saucepan

To make the goat cheese pasta sauce, pour the cream into a large saucepan and add the crushed garlic cloves and chopped rosemary. Bring the cream to a simmer and let it reduce by about half.

Simmering the cream with the garlic and rosemary in it infuses the cream with way more flavor than just adding them at the end! 

Wooden spoon stirring shredded roast chicken into goat cheese cream sauce in a large saucepan

Once the cream has reduced, stir in the goat cheese and chicken and let the sauce simmer until it coats the back of a spoon.

When the sauce is ready, season with salt and pepper to taste and stir in cooked rigatoni pasta.

Freshly cooked rigatoni pasta in a colander

WHAT TO SERVE WITH THIS PASTA

The chicken in this Goat Cheese Pasta really helps to make this a dish that can stand on its own as an entree. I like to serve mine alongside a green salad (usually with homemade blue cheese dressing). 

If you want some bread, try making buttery Parker House Rolls or grab a loaf of crusty bread and make some Extra Virgin Olive Oil Herb Dip.

Two white bowls of goat cheese pasta on a gray countertop next to chopped herbs and baguette pieces

If I’m making this for a dinner party or a special date night, I like to wrap up the meal with dessert. Classic tiramisu would be just special and elegant, or you could go with something bright and tart like Lemon Cheesecake to balance some of the richness from the pasta.

If you love goat cheese, I know you’ll adore this creamy, simple pasta recipe! 

Overhead view of goat cheese pasta in a white pasta bowl alongside a gold fork
White pasta bowl with goat cheese pasta with shredded chicken and rosemary, garnished with chopped parsley

Goat Cheese Pasta with Chicken & Rosemary

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

This creamy Goat Cheese Pasta with Chicken and Rosemary is simple enough to make for a weeknight dinner but elegant enough for a special date night in.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound dried rigatoni
  • 1 quart heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 clove fresh garlic, crushed
  • 8 ounces goat cheese
  • 2 cups shredded roasted chicken
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

1. Place a large pot of salted water over high heat and bring to a rapid boil. Add the oil and rigatoni to the water and cook according to the directions on the package, 10-12 minutes.
2. While you are waiting for the water to boil, pour the cream into a large sauce pan over medium heat. Add the rosemary and garlic to the cream and bring it to a simmer - take care not to let it boil over. Allow the cream to reduce by about half.
3. Stir in the goat cheese and chicken and continue cooking cooking it till the cream coats the back of a spoon.
4. Thoroughly drain the pasta. Add the pasta to the sauce. Coat the pasta in the sauce and simmer over low heat for a few minutes. Serve hot.

Notes

Adapted from Live to Cook

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