Roasted Asparagus and Grape Tomato Pasta with a Goat Cheese Sauce

Roasted Asparagus and Grape Tomato Pasta with a Goat Cheese Sauce

I try to do all of my grocery shopping for the week at once. I like to come up with a list of everything that I need to get for the meal plan for the week. Sticking to the list is a challenge as I invariably end up impulse buying a few things. Like this week, I opened up my refrigerator at the end of the week to assess the situation only to find a full bunch of asparagus and a container of grape tomatoes staring at me. They were nowhere on my meal plan and of course they did not get used, but there they were. I grabbed them thinking that they looked good and then completely forgot about them. I also had some leftover goat cheese. I immediately though of a pasta with roasted asparagus and tomatoes with a goat cheese sauce. I melted the goats cheese into a bit of the pasta water to create a creamy and tangy sauce. It turned out pretty good for a clean out the fridge meal.

Ingredients:
1 handful grape tomatoes
1 handful asparagus (cut into bite sizes pieces)
1 teaspoon olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1 serving of pasta
1 ounce goats cheese
1 tablespoon basil (chopped)

Directions:
1. Toss the tomatoes and asparagus in the olive oil, salt and pepper.
2. Roast the tomatoes and asparagus in a preheated 425F oven for about 10 minutes.
3. Cook the pasta and drain reserving some of the pasta water.
4. Mix the pasta, tomatoes, asparagus and goat cheese in a bowl adding some pasta water to thin out the melted goats cheese sauce.
5. Serve garnished with chopped basil.

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33 comments:

Gretchen Noelle said...

Very creative use of what is left in your fridge!

Lina said...

so fresh and summery! I love it!

Pearlsofeast said...

Wonderful Kevin,love to try it.

Laura @ Hungry and Frozen said...

I love pasta, and your recipe looks delicious, I miss asparagus now that it's coming into winter...I find it hard to stick to the list when grocery shopping too :)

Kitt said...

I'd much rather have your fridge at the end of the week.

VeggieGirl said...

I commend you for planning your shopping trips, meals, etc. so well - I always have to make about 2 trips per week to the grocery store, haha.

That pasta dish looks so refreshing and delicious - perfect for spring!

Arfi Binsted said...

i love pasta with heaps of vegetables. i think that's a good balance for the wheat and the cheese. nice one you've got here, Kevin.

Marc @ NoRecipes said...

Sounds refreshing. I love roasted grape tomatoes!

Deborah said...

I love your clean out the fridge meals!

giz said...

and if you didn't want the pasta, a salad with just the asparagus, tomatoes and goat cheese would be wonderful too.

Ginny said...

Sometimes the best meals are what you throw together...the impulse buys get me all the time! Looks great!

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

I love every ingredient you put in this dish. Therefore, I know that I will love this dish! It looks great!

cakebrain said...

those tomatoes look like they're about to explode flavour in your mouth!

Jan said...

I bet that tastes really yummy!

Grace said...

oven-roasted tomatoes are coming dangerously close to topping sun-dried tomatoes as my favorite. good stuff.

Mark Boxshus "Cookie Doctor" said...

This recipe is simple, clean and fast, It also tastes of "understated elegance".

noble pig said...

This is exactly the kind of thing one has to do to rectify the impulse buying habit we all share. Good for you becuase it looks delicious.

Mike of Mike's Table said...

Its funny--it wouldn't be obvious that this is a clean-out-the-fridge meal. Looks like some great pairings.

I also aim for once-a-week shopping, but lately, its gotten harder as I have less time to sit and plan for commonality across my week's dishes, so I've been tending towards two trips ( :o ). I much prefer one though--I always spend less that way!

Gloria said...

yummy,yummy yummy, Kevin I love asparagus and this plate look wonderful!!! xGloria

Nilmandra said...

What a simple yet delicious supper!

Lori said...

I love roasted vegetables, great way to use them up with this pasta!

Pam said...

Pasta is the perfect cleaning out the fridge dish!

Cooking and the City said...

looks yummy Kevin :-)

Lisa said...

A very creative and delicious solution to use up leftovers!

Jaime said...

you did great coming up w/this meal! i wish i was as creative :)

Hallie Fae said...

Wow that looks amazing. Now that I can eat bread again, I'm going to have to make this!

Mr. Shiny & New said...

Good work on the photo for this post, it looks really good

katiez said...

A man after my own heart! I've been playing with goat cheese and pasta too. Gorgeous asparagus. I so wish we could get green asparagus.... sigh...

Ruth Daniels said...

I just did a shopping trip at Pete's Frootique where all the fresh herbs and other produce looked so awesome I couldn't stop myself. Of course when I got home I was already questioning myself. How am I to use everything up without inviting the world!?!

Your pasta looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights.

LisaRene said...

Simple and delicious! Nice touch to roast the tomatoes and asparagus.

Corinne said...

Mmm the melted goat cheese sauce looks delicious on that pasta, i also love roasted tomatoes... will have ot try this.

emiglia said...

For a refrigerator meal? I think it looks good for a planned meal! It's going in my plans...

Kelly Lenigan said...

This looks delicious. I've never tried goat cheese though. Is it any good?

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