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Pasta with Goat Cheese and Olives

17 November 2009 1,444 views 11 Comments

The recipe below came about through social networking at it’s best. I follow @laurasrecipes and she tweeted about goat cheese and olive pasta. As you may know, I’m not the most regular cook but these two ingredients caught my eye after our visit to both goat and olive farms the day before.

I followed the link, which led me to Saveur’s Best of the Web” — handpicked links to the staff’s favorite recipes and articles. This led to a blog called food & style.

The recipe that inspired me to whip up a delicious meal for my dear friend Brooke and I last night, is called “A pasta for all seasons: Maccheroni alla Chitarra with Herbes de Provence, cured olives and fresh goat cheese.”

delicious

My version included slight variations. For example, I didn’t want to buy Herbes de Provence so I just used oregano and sage.  The store didn’t carry guitar string pasta so I went with linguini. Also, I don’t really like the taste of capers so I left them out completely. Finally, I was too cheap to buy fresh basil and the Pure Luck goat cheese was made with basil. I didn’t miss it.

The key to this dishes’ deliciousness? The basil goat cheese purchased at Pure Luck, and the amazing olives de Nyons that I found at the Whole Foods olive bar.

To connect with the people I follow on Twitter, check out my Taste of Austin list. You can also join the Tasty Touring group on Facebook to hear about future events like our recent farm tour.

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  • Brooke

    I would like moremoremore, please…I was thinking about how yummy it was last night & I'm thinkin' that I need to make this dish asap. That goat cheese was to die for…

  • linda

    wow! thanks for this post jodi!
    larry *heart* capers, olives, basil (i usually make ina garten's basil pesto)…but after reading this post I AM IN! my herbes de p are sitting on the counter eagerly awaiting this dish…right after thanksgiving…& speaking of which…wishing you a wonderful holiday! xo

  • jodibart

    And your company was just the best too! I did kind of regret drinking 3/4 of that bottle of wine by myself ;-)

  • jodibart

    Hi Linda,

    I'm so glad you approve! Are you making Thanksgiving dinner at home this year? Adam and I are driving to Houston and will be with his family. I'm going to have to represent for the Bart fam and make a pie!

  • linda

    we will be in florida with my mom & her friend for thanksgiving….but….i am baking for my nyc friends & their families…apple & pumpkin pies, loafs, cookie cups, cornbread…
    happy thanksgiving to you & adam…enjoy houston!! what pie are you baking?!!!

  • double tonic

    Do yourself a favor. Spend $4 or $5 on Herbs de Provence. They go on EVERYTHING. You can take any vegetable known to man, drizzle some olive oil and HdP on them, roast them in the oven, and voila! This is a staple and should be in your pantry.

    As for this recipe, since I, too, have two tubs of goat cheese from Pure Luck and my honey has been making homemade pasta — we will have to make it ASAP! Thanks for the idea!

    Hope to see you soon!

  • jodibart

    OK WHEN do we get to sample Mike's delicious homemade pasta? This sounds like a tasty tour Adam and I NEED to experience!

  • jodibart

    OK WHEN do we get to sample Mike's delicious homemade pasta? This sounds like a tasty tour Adam and I NEED to experience!

  • jodibart

    OK WHEN do we get to sample Mike's delicious homemade pasta? This sounds like a tasty tour Adam and I NEED to experience!

  • jodibart

    OK WHEN do we get to sample Mike's delicious homemade pasta? This sounds like a tasty tour Adam and I NEED to experience!