Pasta with Broccoli, Goat Cheese and Shrimp

Last week Serious Eats posted a recipe for Pasta with Broccoli, Goat Cheese, and Oregano (that was inspired by a Gordon Ramsay dish). I decided to take my own spin on it and made Pasta with Broccoli, Goat Cheese and Shrimp. It was an easy dinner to prepare, and I particularly liked how it incorporates my newest favorite flavor combination of shrimp and goat cheese (remember the Woodward-inspired salad I have been obsessed with for the last few months?).

I also particularly liked how my recipe was a variation of the Serious Eats recipe which was also a variation of the original Gordon Ramsay recipe. It reminds me how everyone can always tweak a dish to make it more personal. I do like following recipes but sometimes when I don’t have all the ingredients on hand, or if I feel like it is lacking something, then I follow my gut and improvise with what I have in my kitchen. In this case, I made a few changes: I used whole wheat fusilli pasta, used herbed goat cheese (basil and roasted garlic) and omitted the oregano, added red pepper flakes and garlic, plus shrimp for some protein.

Pasta with Broccoli, Goat Cheese and Shrimp

  • 1 pack frozen broccoli florets or 1/2 lb fresh broccoli
  • 2/3 lb dried whole wheat fusilli (or just estimate it so that it will be about 4 cups cooked pasta)
  • 1/3 lb shrimp
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice and zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 5 oz herbed goat cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1/4 tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Grated Parmesan, for finishing

Cook the pasta and frozen broccoli according to package directions. Before draining the pasta, make sure to reserve 1/2 cup pasta cooking water.

Use a big skillet or pot, and saute garlic in olive oil over medium heat until fragrant. Add red pepper flakes and stir for about 30 seconds, then add the shrimp. Cook until the shrimp is no longer pink. Add the lemon juice, lemon zest, broccoli, and pasta to the skillet. Turn the heat down to low, then add the goat cheese and the reserved pasta water. Toss and stir, until the goat cheese melts into a silky, creamy sauce.

Season with some salt and lots of pepper, and served with grated Parmesan cheese. Makes 4 servings (or 3, if you and your dining companions are hungry).

Alfredo-esque sauce with broccoli and shrimp goodness

The lemon juice and zest lend a nice pop of freshness to this pasta dish, and I’m glad I added garlic and red pepper flakes for more flavor. The whole dish only took less than thirty minutes to prepare and required minimal clean-up, so it’ll be a great weeknight dinner. Thanks to Serious Eats for the inspiration!

What was the last pasta dish you made? Any favorite recipes you want to share in the comments section?


24 Responses to “Pasta with Broccoli, Goat Cheese and Shrimp”

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    Emily posted October 24, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    I love putting my own spin on existing recipes. I also love anything with goat cheese. This looks like a great, quick weekday meal!

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    MelissaNibbles posted October 24, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Oh yummy! I love pasta. The last pasta dish I made was whole wheat pasta with spinach and goat cheese.

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    Michelle posted October 24, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    I very rarely follow any recipe closely unless it is baking. This dish looks great! I made a pasta dish recently with brie, tomatoes, basil, olive oil and garlic marinating together for over an hour and then tossed with linguine. The heat from the pasta turned the brie into a creamy Alfredo-like sauce. Delish!

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    Dana posted October 24, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    I don’t make up too many recipes from scratch, but I like tweaking recipes to make them my own. Looks great!

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    Lisa (bakebikeblog) posted October 24, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    What a great idea to use the herbed goats cheese!!! BRILLIANT!

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    Megan posted October 24, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    This looks so great! I usually need a recipe to start from but then I can tweak a little based on what’s in the house. I just made chicken and eggplant parm this week… with tons of pasta of course!

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    Daisy posted October 24, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    this looks awesome Bianca! mmm i could eat pasta everyday and never tire.

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    Baking Serendipity posted October 24, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    This looks delicious! I love cheesy pasta dishes that have an added protein like this one :)

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    Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun posted October 25, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    I usually try to follow recipes because when I get creative things just don’t work like I thought they would. I don’t worry about switching things up a bit to make due with the ingredients I have though.

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    Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries posted October 25, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Yum. I am actually making something quite similar this week!!

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    Sues posted October 25, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Yum! Goat cheese in anything is perfect… But especially when pasta (carbs!!) and shrimp (deliciousness!) are also involved. This looks fabulous!

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    Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather posted October 25, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    I love the flavor combos in this dish – goat cheese is amazing! My last pasta dish I made was lasagna, but I have a vegan Mac n cheese on my mind next.

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    Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) posted October 25, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    We do lasagna and pasta bakes here all the time. Those are definitely family favorites. My boys would love this dish though with the shrimp and white sauce. It looks delicious!

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    christina posted October 25, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    i love serious eats recipes! that looks and sounds so good!

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    carla posted October 26, 2010 at 10:40 am

    cook for me when you fly back here! hahaha!

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) posted October 26, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    oh my gosh, i think i’m in love! and wondering why i haven’t been eating rotini lately…?!

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    blackbookkitchendiaries posted October 26, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    it is just beautiful i love shrimp and broccoli in pastas. they are just yummy! thank you for sharing this lovely recipe.

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    Chef Basket posted October 26, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    It is common for cooks to modify their recipes to add a personal touch. This is great because no dish is ever the same. The goat cheese it a good idea to add to the shrimp and pasta. Thank you for posting.

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    Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) posted October 27, 2010 at 3:31 am

    that looks amazing! such a good idea.

    the last pasta dish i “made” was finding a year-old can of ravioli in my house yesterday and putting it in my microwave. does that count?

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    Nicole @ Making Good Choices posted October 27, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    I love anything with goat cheese, especially pasta. I love how it becomes creamy! Great dish

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    justcooknyc posted November 1, 2010 at 11:56 am

    pasta, goat cheese and shrimp are three of my favorite things

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    Evan @swEEts posted November 1, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Pasta is most definitely the way to my heart.. this sounds delicious! We recently made one of Reeni’s pasta dishes over at Cinnamon and Spice. It was phenomenal!

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    Alfredo posted November 21, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    I tried this recipe and my wife and I both LOVED it. thanks for the suggestion!

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      Bianca Garcia posted December 3, 2010 at 1:06 pm

      Hey Alfredo, so glad you and your wife loved this. I am thinking of making it again this weekend! I love big pasta dishes when it’s cold out – so comforting!

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