Creamy Herb Pasta with Cheddar & Goat Cheese

Creamy Herb Pasta with Cheddar & Goat Cheese
Recipe by Dragon

Whenever I've had a long hard day, all I want for dinner is something comforting. For many people, myself included, comfort food means mac & cheese. Warm, tender pasta, creamy cheese sauce and a crunchy topping; pure comfort. This is my version of comfort. It's a creamy herbed cavatappi pasta with cheddar and goat cheese.

Serves: 2 mains or 4 sides

2 1/2 cups cavatappi pasta (or any short curly pasta)
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cups milk, hot
1 1/2 cup mild cheddar, shredded
1 cup sharp white cheddar, shredded
1/2 cup goat's cheese, cut into cubes
1 teaspoon dried italian herb mix (rosemary, basil, thyme & oregano) or
1 tablespoon fresh italian herb mix (rosemary, basil, thyme & oregano)
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon pepper

2 or 4 tomato slices (optional)
2 or 4 basil leaves (optional)
1 tablespoon fine bread crumbs
1 tablespoon butter,cold

1. Preheat the oven to 375. In a large pot of salted boiling water, add cavatappi and cook for 8 minutes. Drain pasta and reserve.

2. Melt butter in a sauce pan. Add flour to the melted butter and cook for about 2 minutes. While whisking, add hot milk to the sauce pan and stir until the sauce thickens. Remove from heat.

3. Add herbs, nutmeg and pepper

4. Add shredded cheeses and stir until the cheese is melted into the sauce. Add the goat's cheese and stir to combine but not melt.

5. Add cooked pasta and stir to combine. Pour into 2 large ramekins or 4 small ramekins.

6. Top each ramekin with a slice of tomato and basil leaf (optional). Sprinkle the tops lightly with bread crumbs and dot with butter.

7. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the sauce is bubbly and the tops are browned.

This is my entry to Culinarty's Original Recipe Round up.


Arundathi said...

omg - that looks amazing!! skipped breakfast and wish i could just reach in and pick that up! :P

Emily said...

Oh, that looks amazing! So warm and comforting....and dripping with cheese.

Mansi said...

wow, that's totally comfoting! and so much better than just mac-n-cheese! if you cannot cook something healthier, just semd this recipe in for my event:)

test it comm said...

That version of mac and cheese looks so good!

maybelles mom said...

oh, considering my day, this would be ideal now.

Dragon said...

Maybelles: This dish will make the worst day better.

Kevin: Thanks!

Mansi: I'm working on one for you. :)

Emiline: I just love the way the cheese sauce bubbles and runs down the sides.

Arundathi: You're always welcome here for dinner. Don't skip breakfast!

Lore said...

Why could this be la creme de la creme de toutes les cheesy pasta dishes? It sure looks like it to me, YUM!
Thank you for participating and could I ask you for a favor? Please, please invent the teleport so I can drop by just in time for these :D

Dragon said...

Lore: You are welcome in my kitchen anytime.

KC said...

That is comfort food indeed! Looks fabulous!

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