Like the viral tik tok baked feta pasta recipe, we are making Baked Goat Cheese Pasta. Made with fresh cherry tomatoes baked with goat cheese and combined with an optional low carb pasta, pesto and fresh basil.
A vegetarian, diabetic friendly and low carb recipe everyone will love.
Making this pasta goat cheese bake is super simple to throw together and let the oven do all the work for you. The combination of the tomatoes and the goat cheese sauce creates a creamy and delicious flavor the whole family will be requesting often.
This recipe was inspired by Ree Drummond's recipe on The Pioneer Woman cooking show. She made this recipe look so good, I had to make a low-carb version of this recipe.
Why you'll love this baked goat cheese pasta?
- It only takes a few minutes to throw everything in the casserole dish. Let the oven work it's magic to create the sauce.
- A healthy and delicious pasta dish that will taste like you spent hours making.
- Use a low carb pasta and cut down on the carbs, perfect for all types of diets. Diabetic friendly, keto, and vegetarian to name a few. It's also gluten-free.
- It's a super bright and colorful dish, kids love eating this goat cheese pasta too.
- Perfect for meal prep, this makes a big batch so you can save leftovers for another day.
Main ingredients used
Goat cheese is the star of this baked goat cheese pasta casserole dish but the tomatoes play an important part to make up the sauce.
- Goat Cheese: for that mild buttery and tart flavor, warmed goat cheese combined with blistered tomatoes makes a delicious sauce.
- Cherry Tomatoes: those little tomatoes carry a concentration of flavors.
- Garlic: pungent and warm giving this baked goat cheese pasta recipe a slightly nutty flavor.
- Shallots: a cousin of the onion but with a delicate and sweet flavor.
- Red Pepper Flakes: an optional ingredient but adding a little heat to this recipe a sharp and earthy flavor with a little spice.
- Pesto Sauce: bright and herby from the basil and richness from the parmesan and pine nuts. I used a store-bought pesto.
- Pasta: make it with traditional pasta or a low-carb pasta. Some of my favorites are KaiZen Pasta on Amazon or at Switch Grocery in Canada.
See the recipe card for quantities and the full list of ingredients.
Steps by step instructions
How to make baked goat cheese pasta?
STEP 1: First preheat the oven to 425°F.
Then in a 9" x 13" casserole dish, combine the olive oil with the cherry tomatoes, oregano, sliced garlic cloves and shallots with the optional red pepper flakes.
Give it a good mix so that everything is well combined.
STEP 2: Place the two logs of goat cheese nested into the casserole dish, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Bake at 425°F for 25 minutes.
While the casserole is in the oven, cook your pasta according to the package instructions. Save a ¼ cup of the pasta water before straining.
STEP 3: Remove the casserole dish from the oven after 25 minutes and combine the cream cheese with the blistered tomatoes to form the goat cheese sauce.
Add the cooked pasta, sprinkle on more red pepper flakes (optional), and add the pasta water and pesto sauce. Stir to combine and then top with fresh basil leaves and mix through.
- STEP 4: Garnish with more fresh basil and a sprinkle of freshly grated parmesan.
What type of low carb pasta should you use?
There are plenty of tasty low carb pasta products available that are not quite the same as traditional pasta but some of them are close to the real thing. ** Please note that I live in Canada and these are brands that are accessible to me. There may be other brands where you live.
I enjoy my pasta with a bit of a bite and chewiness to it and these are my top brands to choose from.
In considering the type of low carb pasta you choose, you should also look at the ingredients and how they may affect you personally. You may want to test all three options and see if any of them have an effect on your blood sugars.
This would be a good test for me as well and I will update this post later if I do it.
Other types of low-carb pasta to consider are chickpea pasta, shirataki (konjac), edamame, and zucchini noodles although I think this recipe goes better with a fusilli or penne-shaped type of pasta. There are likely many others that I have not tried yet.
Other low carb "pasta" recipes you might enjoy
- Spaghetti Carbonara
- Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti Squash Casserole
- Creamy Chicken Pesto Pasta
- Healthy Taco Pasta
- Zucchini Pasta with Lemon and Asparagus
Top Tip: make sure you use pasta that will stay firm after you cook it. Otherwise, it may break down while you mix it with the sauce. Some low-carb pasta might be too soft after cooking.
- Serving: this pasta goes well with a side of caesar salad, chicken cutlets or prosciutto-wrapped asparagus.
- Storage: store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat in the microwave.
Like the original viral tik tok you can make baked feta pasta, here are some other variations.
- Chicken - add more protein to this baked goat cheese pasta by adding some pre-cooked or rotisserie chicken. Add it in when you ad the pasta.
- Ricotta - if you want more milder flavors you can swap out the goat cheese with fresh ricotta.
- Vegan - make it vegan and dairy free by leaving out the goat cheese and adding in a creamy vegan cashew sauce after it comes out of the oven. Google "creamy vegan cashew sauce" for some recipe ideas.
Frequently asked questions
Goat cheese becomes warm and soft in the oven but doesn't melt like traditional cheese. Once you take it out of the oven and mix it with the tomatoes it will become a creamy sauce.
I would boil the pasta while the casserole dish is in the oven.
This recipe is made with a low-carb pasta and contains 16 g of total carbs and 9g of fiber. Therefore, compared to the traditional recipe like this it can be considered healthier.
Please monitor your blood sugars after consuming it to see how it affects you personally.
Sure, traditional pasta will work well in this recipe, although with some of the new low carb kinds of pasta on the market, you will have a healthier recipe and not even notice that it's low-carb pasta.
Baked Goat Cheese Pasta (Low Carb)
- Casserole Dish 9" x 13" casserole dish
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 cups cherry tomatoes
- 3 sliced garlic cloves
- 1 teaspoon dry oregano
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
- ⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
- 8 oz goat cheese divided into 2 logs
- 2 cups low carb pasta (uncooked) see above for suggestions
- ¼ cup pasta water saved after boiling the pasta
- 3 tablespoon basil pesto store bought
- 6 basil leaves
- Preheat the oven to 425°F
- To a casserole dish add the olive oil, cherry tomatoes, sliced garlic cloves, oregano, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes (optional). Mix through.2 tablespoon olive oil, 3 cups cherry tomatoes, 3 sliced garlic cloves, 1 teaspoon dry oregano, ⅛ teaspoon salt, ⅛ teaspoon black pepper, ⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Nestle the 2 goat cheese logs in between the tomatoes on each side. See above phots.8 oz goat cheese
- Place the casserold dish in the oven and bake at 425°F for 25 minutes.
- While the casserole is in the oven, cook the pasta according to the instructions on the packagin. Save a ¼ up of the pasta water.2 cups low carb pasta (uncooked)
- Remove from oven after 25 minutes and stir the goat cheese with the tomatoes to create a sauce.
- Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Garnish with more fresh basil leaves.3 tablespoon basil pesto, 2 cups low carb pasta (uncooked), ¼ cup pasta water, 6 basil leaves
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used the KaiZen pasta (expensive but worth the cost), cooked 4minutes, was perfect. this was really good and leftovers were just as good ? then again, every one of Oscar's recipes has been a keeper! Thank you for sharing.
Thank you so much. It is more expensive than traditional pasta, I hope one day healthy foods would be cheaper and junk food would be more expensive. I doubt that will ever happen but I can dream...lol