California Central Coast Recipes

Creamy Tomato and Goat Cheese Sauce with Spaghetti

I love this dish and most of my girlfriends do too. My husband likes this but calls it more of “a chick dish.” He just doesn’t understand how the complexities of food flavors affect the "female palette and how we respond to “comfort food.”

So if you want to impress your husband or boy friend with a "manly dish" this is probably not it! Better try something like Chicken Saltimbocca or Sausage Risotto ©2017, Creamy Tomato and Goat Cheese Sauce with Spaghetti
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
re-calculate ingredients for:


3 Tablespoons Extra- virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic , finely chopped
1 28 ounce can of tomatoes , drained and chopped
1 pound spaghetti pasta
1/4 teaspoons red pepper flakes
5-1/2 ounce domestic goat cheese , broken into small chunks
1 cup Italian Parsley , chopped
Black pepper , freshly cracked

Preparation Directions.

1 Heat the olive oil in large non-reactive saucepan over Medium-low heat. Sauté one minute or so until garlic starts to turn lightly golden and is fragrant.

2 Add the tomatoes and stir. Simmer over Medium-low heat until the sauce thickens- about ten minutes. Add the parsley and stir to combine it with the sauce

3 Add the goat cheese to the tomato sauce. Turn the heat to Low and stir the sauce until the goat cheese melts and the sauce is smooth and creamy.

4 Meantime, cook the spaghetti in boiling salted water until al dente or according to the pasta package. When done, drain the pasta well and toss with the sauce. Serve immediately on dinner plates with extra parsley on top of each for garnish and with fresh grated Parmesan.

Wine and Food Pairing and Serving Suggestions.

A salad and a light red wine is all you need to finish this off.

A tip from Sue!

Make your salt and pepper your "right -hand" aid

An easy tool to have handy at all times in your kitchen is your customized combined salt and pepper shaker. Buy a clear plastic shaker with a handle on it. Make yourself a "customized salt and pepper combo or "house blend." Ours is three parts ground pepper to one part salt. Having one of these handy really cuts the prep time down when doing breading and preliminary cooking!