Penne With Sun Dried Tomatoes, Artichokes and Goat Cheese

by jerseygirl on April 28, 2011 · 18 comments

My daughter recently became a vegetarian. Actually, she is a pescatarian because she will eat fish and seafood too. This isn’t too much of a problem for me because I love to cook pasta and seafood. The hubby will have to get used to eating some meatless meals because the women rule in this house. (Ooops, did I say that? I meant that meatless meals are very heart healthy). With sports practices and kids activities every night, we are lucky to get in 30 minutes for dinner. So I came up with this creamy pasta that cooks quick and tastes great reheated in the microwave. Goat cheese is lower in fat than most cheeses but gives so much flavor to the pasta. If you need a quick, vegetarian meal that does not need many ingredients, try this one!

This is my submission to Presto Pasta Nights which will be hosted by the Food Hunter’s Guide To Cuisine this week. If you want more quick pasta dishes, go on over and take a look!

Penne With Sun Dried Tomatoes, Artichokes and Goat Cheese

12 ounces penne pasta (I use the tri- colored veggie kind)
1 TBS olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes
1 can (14 oz) of artichoke hearts(rinsed, drained and chopped)
4 ounces crumbled goat cheese

salt and hot pepper to taste

Boil pasta in a large pot of salted water according to package directions. Cook pasta until Al dente. Drain and keep warm. Reserve one cup of hot pasta water. In the meantime, heat olive oil in a large saute pan on medium high heat. Saute garlic, sun dried tomatoes and artichokes for about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low and add goat cheese. Add cooked pasta and reserved water to the pan. Mix well and simmer for a few minutes until pasta is creamy. Add salt and pepper to taste. Makes 4 servings.

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Pegasuslegend April 28, 2011 at 1:44 pm

terrific additions for any pasta dish… this is so colorful would love some for lunch right now!~


Dan April 28, 2011 at 2:39 pm

I'm starting to see the influx of summer-y pasta salads. This one looks excellent!


Fight the Fat Foodie April 28, 2011 at 2:40 pm

This looks wonderful! I may make it tonight. And I "discovered" it on Stumble.


The Japanese Redneck April 28, 2011 at 3:46 pm

I never heard of pescatarian.

My hubby would be so sad to have to eat more veggies.


That Girl April 29, 2011 at 12:39 pm

You're so much more supportive than my parents! I actually learned to cook because when I decided I wanted to be a vegetarian, my dad informed me they would be making no special meals on my account. And if I didn't want to eat what they were serving, I'd have to make my own meals.


Kathy - Panini Happy April 29, 2011 at 1:28 pm

These flavors sound delicious! I love to use the colorful pasta whenever possible, so festive. 🙂


Aggie April 29, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Oh Lisa that looks soooooo good! I'm pretty much just like your daughter…since giving up meat LAST year for Lent I never really went back except for fish and seafood. I'll take a bite of something that is irresistible every now and then but I really enjoy how I feel when I am eating just fish and veggies.

Seriously this pasta looks amazing. It has all of my favorite things in it!!!


teresa April 29, 2011 at 9:18 pm

haha, girls rule! this dish rules too, delish!


Charlie @ SweetSaltySpicy April 29, 2011 at 11:16 pm

I had pasta similar to this at a restaurant once and it was delicious. Artichoke hearts, sun dried tomatoes and goat cheese go really well together! Yours look delicious! Love colorful pasta!


Amanda May 1, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Sounds wonderful Lisa, I am a pasta fiend and love sun dried tomatoes!


Emily May 2, 2011 at 3:22 am

Oh my. The pasta looks great! I fully support your daughter. I think we all should try and eat vegetarian most of the time.

Reply May 2, 2011 at 7:55 pm

I'm SO craving pasta and carbs now! That sounds so good!

Reply May 2, 2011 at 7:56 pm

I'm craving pasta now! Looks so good!


kat May 3, 2011 at 9:37 am

Yummy, this is one I'd make for a night home alone as the hubs isnt a huge goat cheese fan & I don't think I've convince him I rule the house 😉


Ali May 6, 2011 at 10:47 pm

those are all of my favorite foods! pasta, sun dried tomatoes, artichokes and goat cheese. haha. This looks fantastic, thank you for the recipe.


Culinary Cory May 15, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Yummy! This sounds awesome.


Patsyk May 18, 2011 at 9:09 am

I love the creaminess of this pasta dish! Even though I am far from vegetarian, I enjoy a meatless meal every couple of days or so just for something different.


BigBearswife September 16, 2011 at 1:38 pm

love the artichoke hearts in this and the tri-colored pasta


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