Baked Goat Cheese Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes

This recipe for baked goat cheese pasta comes together in just 30 minutes, making it perfect for an easy weeknight dinner the whole family will love! Inspired by the viral TikTok baked feta pasta, my version of the recipe uses goat cheese instead and pairs it with a fresh cherry tomatoes and garlic sauce. Mix with short pasta noodles (I love it with cavatappi) for a pasta dinner that’s rich in flavor and low in effort!

heaping portion of cavatappi pasta with tomatoes and goat cheese sauce

Growing up in a large Italian family, I became pretty good at making my share of baked pasta recipes. They were pretty much expected and guaranteed to be at every family gathering…because they feed a lot of people and are easy to make. A pan of classic Italian lasagna with ricotta sitting alongside a five cheese baked ziti was the equivalent of heaven to my 12-year old self.

Heck— to my 50-something self!

After falling in love with the images of baked feta pasta on Tik Tok, I knew that the goat cheese sitting in my always chock full cheese drawer had a new purpose.

Baked goat cheese pasta would become a slam dunk favorite at my next family gathering.

And the creamy sauce would be a stellar addition to my very popular pasta sauce recipe collection.

Other easy pasta recipes like this you’ll ♥️: one pan tomato pasta, buttery cavatelli with broccoli and garlic, and super fast trofie pesto pasta. Or give my caramelized zucchini pasta a try…so good!


Why goat cheese over feta?

I love both and for many recipes, to me, you can swap them for one another. But for this baked pasta with tomatoes dish, I think goat cheese to be far superior in texture and flavor.

Goat cheese is a:

  • creamier cheese making this goat cheese pasta sauce better than a feta sauce
  • milder cheese that allows the tomatoes, basil and garlic to equally shine.
  • flavor bonanza thanks to a sweet tang.

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What you’ll need

Not counting salt and pepper, there’s basically only 4 ingredients in this goat cheese sauce.

white bowl with grape tomatoes, wooden tray of goat cheese and a baking pan of cavatappi pasta
  1. a big log of goat cheese (mine was 10 oz but anything greater than 6-8 oz works)
  2. cherry or grape tomatoes
  3. several peeled garlic cloves
  4. good olive oil
  5. curvy pasta like cavatappi, cavatelli or fusilli

Step by step instructions

Here’s how to make baked goat cheese pasta:

baking pan of uncooked grape tomatoes and peeled garlic cloves being stirred by wooden paddle with some garlic peels and a knife.
1. Add the tomatoes and peeled garlic cloves to a baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil and toss.
baking pan of tomatoes with a log of seasoned goat cheese in the middle.
2. Place the whole log of goat cheese in the center of the cherry or grape tomatoes and season with salt and pepper.
baked goat cheese and tomatoes in a skillet with a wooden paddle.
3. Bake in a 400˚ oven for 25 minutes and stir the tomatoes and goat cheese sauce together.
stirring cavatappi pasta into a pan of goat cheese tomato sauce.
Toss in cavatappi pasta or your favorite pasta.

Grab a fork. Take a bite. And another. Good luck leaving some for anybody else.


Pro Tip

Reserve some pasta water to toss with pasta and make the sauce even creamier.

Flavor variations

You have lots of options for adding ingredients to make this creamy tomato pasta sauce your own. Some yummy suggestions:

  • protein like strips of Foolproof Chicken, cooked Italian sausage, sauteed shrimp, scallops or tofu
  • cooked veggies like roasted red peppers; sauteed onions and mushrooms; fresh spinach leaves; marinated drained artichoke hearts
  • additional chopped fresh herbs like thyme or a bit of oregano
  • a sprinkling of pine nuts, crushed red pepper flakes and parmesan for serving

Tips for success

gratin of cavatappi pasta topped with tomatoes and goat cheese sauce

Make ahead

To save some time, you can have the pasta made ahead (or even use leftover cooked pasta when you’ve made too much). Run some warm water over the pasta sitting in a colander to loosen it up. Shake off the excess water before tossing with the sauce.

Storing

Refrigerate leftovers an airtight sealed container for up to 3 days.

Reheating

Heat the leftovers in a microwave safe dish in 30 second increments with a teaspoon or two of leftover pasta water or chicken broth and stir until creamy.

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heaping portion of cavatappi pasta with tomatoes and goat cheese sauce.
5 from 5 votes

Baked Goat Cheese Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes

This recipe for baked goat cheese pasta comes together in just 30 minutes, making it perfect for an easy weeknight dinner the whole family will love! Inspired by the viral TikTok baked feta pasta, my version of the recipe uses goat cheese instead and pairs it with a fresh cherry tomatoes and garlic sauce. Mix with short pasta noodles (I love it with cavatappi) for a pasta dinner that’s rich in flavor and low in effort!
Cook Time:25 minutes
Total Time:25 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients
 

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°.
  • In a oven safe baking dish with sides, toss the tomatoes, garlic and olive oil until the tomatoes are coated. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Nestle the cheese in the center of the baking dish. Sprinkle with additional salt and pepper
  • Place on the center rack of the oven and bake for 25 minutes until the tomatoes are roasted and are juicy and bubbly.
  • Meanwhile, cook the pasta in sea salted, boiling water according to package directions. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water and then drain the pasta in a colander and set aside.
  • Remove the baked goat cheese and tomatoes from the oven. Using a spoon, stir the cheese into the tomatoes and olive oil sauce until mixed and creamy. Stir in half of the chopped fresh basil.
  • Add in the cooked pasta a cup at a time. Add in some reserved pasta water by the tablespoon as needed to make the sauce creamier. Sprinkle over the remaining basil and fresh parmesan before serving.

Notes

Make ahead. To save some time, you can have the pasta made ahead (or even use leftover cooked pasta when you’ve made too much). Run some warm water over the pasta sitting in a colander to loosen it up. Shake off the excess water before tossing with the sauce.
Reheating. Heat the leftovers in a microwave safe dish in 30 second increments with a teaspoon or two of leftover pasta water or chicken broth and stir until creamy.
Store in an airtight sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Course: Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
Author: Lori Murphy
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6 Comments

  1. Once again Lori, that is thee best ever, my husband loves you. Seriously 🙂 I love you too . thank you so much Lori.5 stars

  2. Another 5 star rating! I made this with the herb goat cheese, delicious!!!!!! I’m excited to make this for my mac and cheese loving daughter in law.5 stars