Goat Cheese Pasta with Steamer Clams: ASAP Weeknight Dinner

Do you love goat cheese? Do you love pasta? Are you reading this blog and do you have a pulse? Then of course you do! This insanely delicious and creamy pasta recipe was given to me by my mother-in-law (sorry, she hates that word,) and it’s ridiculously YUM-YUM. Trader Joe’s makes the package of pre-seasoned steamer clams – can it get any easier? You know by now that I am all about the simple recipes with minimal ingredients, and this provides just that. Read on for the recipe…

Ingredients:

1 lb pasta, your choice (I used HT Trader’s Whole Wheat Fusilli) 1 medium yellow onion, diced 1 log of goat cheese 1 package Trader Joe’s Steamer Clams 5 cloves fresh minced garlic (use my awesome garlic peeling tip seen here) 2 tbsp olive oil 1 cup white wine crushed red pepper (optional, if you like your pasta to have a kick)

Directions:

Boil a pot of salted water for the pasta in a medium sauce pot. While you wait…

Open the box of TJ’s clams. Toss them in a sauce pot along with one tablespoon of boiling water (I microwaved the water for this), and cover. Let boil for 8 minutes, stirring a couple of times in between. While the clams boil…

Place a medium size skillet on medium heat. Add olive oil, and when heated, add the diced onions and minced garlic and sautee (about 5 minutes.) Once the onions soften, add the white wine, and allow it to cook down with the garlic and onions.

By now your pasta water should be ready. Add the pasta and boil. Once it’s done cooking and drained, put it in a bowl, and add 2 heaping tablespoons of goat cheese. If you are using crushed red pepper, add it now. Mix thoroughly, as the cheese turns nice and creamy. Add the onion mixture and stir again. Top with clams, and serve!