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.
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.
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:
- 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Wednesday 28th of September 2022
The recipe is excellent. I made it for the first time and it turned out very tasty, thank you.
Thursday 29th of September 2022
So glad you enjoyed it! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your feedback. Happy baking! Jamie
Monday 7th of February 2022
Thanks for posting this! I had a recipe very similar to this that I’d cook (years ago). Much the same as this, but with sliced sun dried tomatoes tossed in, and topped with dash of grated parm. Just thinking about it has me craving it again!
Wednesday 9th of February 2022
The addition of sun dried tomatoes sounds magical! I hope you enjoy this recipe! -Jamie
Sunday 5th of December 2021
This recipe is amazing! I love how simple it is! We added parmesan and toped it with basil to it as well. Thank you for this recipe!
Wednesday 15th of December 2021
So happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe, Carina! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback! -Jamie
Tuesday 9th of May 2017
First thank you for the recipe. It is fairly easy to make and good for a quick weeknight dinner. However, I would agree that it doesn't have a robust enough flavor - and if you're foodie, you'll realize it needs adjusting based on your preference...certainly not something I would fault the author, just personal taste preference. That being said, it's a good base and definitely a great compliment between the goat cheese and the rosemary.
My adjustments: reduce the rigatoni, sauté the chicken in an herb butter sauce also add some to the sauce, don't skim on rosemary, add lots of salt and pepper, and consider carmalizing some onions.
Note, at least for me, the sauce had a little curdy, bumpy texture.
Sunday 5th of February 2017
I can't see where all of the negative reviews for this recipe are coming from. I have made this twice now, first coming across it on Stumble Upon a few years ago, and it is a definite keeper. As a college student living on her own and trying to cook for herself as much as possible, the ingredients for this are easy to find at my local Aldi and easy to put together after a day of classes (that means not too expensive AND convenient!). I add a bit more garlic because I'm really into that kind of thing, but other than that I follow the recipe as it's written and it's delicious. I'm sure mushrooms would be a great addition as well, I just didn't have them on hand.
All in all, a deceivingly simple and tasty dish.
Monday 6th of February 2017
Thank you so much for your kind words, Ellie! I really appreciate it.