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This tomato goat cheese pasta recipe is simple, fresh, and easy to make. Goat cheese makes the tomato sauce deliciously creamy! It’s ready in about 30 minutes.

If you like this recipe, you’ll want to try my Tomato Goat Cheese Gnocchi or Easy Pink Sauce Pasta next.

a bowl of tomato goat cheese pasta

Why you’ll love it

Goat cheese is a well-loved ingredient. While I normally don’t often cook with it, I’m very excited about this goat cheese pasta. It’s really easy to make, and the distinctive creamy and tangy quality in the velvety sauce is just so tasty. If you like goat cheese, you’re gonna love this.

This is basically a creamy tomato sauce for pasta but upgraded. If you’re wondering what to make with goat cheese, I think you’ll adore this simple tomato pasta with bold flavors. We’ve also included plenty of garlic and basil, and this creamy cheese pasta is ready in just 30 minutes.

What you’ll need

  • Pasta – I like penne because it’s a sturdy variety for the creamy sauce
  • Olive oil – for sautéing
  • Onion and garlic – I like sweet (Vidalia) onions best
  • Crushed tomatoes – these are canned at the peak of ripeness, so you get concentrated tomato flavor in the sauce
  • Red pepper flakes – they’re optional but add a gentle warmth (not spice, just depth of flavor)
  • Italian seasoning – my trusty all-purpose blend of dried herbs! It comes all in one jar.
  • Goat cheese – the star of this recipe. I will say that if you’re not the biggest fan, go easy on it. You can always add more if desired! Go ahead and build it up gradually.
  • Basil – for a pop of freshness and to complement the tomatoes
ingredients for tomato goat cheese pasta in prep bowls

Tools for this recipe

Check out Natasha’s favorite kitchen essentials, gadgets, and cookware!

  • This garlic keeper not only looks really cute, it keeps your garlic fresher for longer.
  • I recommend this cooking spoon since it won’t scratch up your cookware.
  • If you’re grating fresh parm on top, I definitely recommend using a Microplane zester. So easy!

How to make tomato goat cheese pasta

This is an overview with step-by-step photos. Full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below.

sauteing onion and garlic in a saucepan and adding tomatoes

Cook your pasta according to directions. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, sauté the onion in the oil until softened. Stir in the garlic, and cook until fragrant (about half a minute). Add in the tomatoes, Italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes.

making tomato goat cheese sauce in a saucepan and then adding in pasta

Reduce the heat, and simmer for around 10 minutes. Stir in the goat cheese and basil until smooth and creamy. Give it a taste, add salt & pepper if desired, and then toss with the drained pasta and enjoy.

Pro tip

If the sauce gets too thick, simply reserve a little bit of the hot pasta water and then add it in to thin it out.

Substitutions and variations

  • You can use finely chopped tomatoes (such as Mutti brand offers) if you don’t have any crushed tomatoes on hand. They’re also fairly thick, so it’ll give the sauce a good consistency. If you want to use fresh tomatoes, you can, but you may need to do a bit of tweaking/experimenting if you want a thicker sauce because they will take longer to cook down.
  • I used penne, but feel free to use whatever pasta you have on hand.
  • If you don’t have any fresh basil, you can still make the recipe, but it won’t have that pop of freshness. In a pinch, try subbing dried basil. I’d start with 1/2 teaspoon and add more if needed.

What to serve with goat cheese pasta

Leftovers and storage

  • Store leftover tomato goat cheese pasta in a covered container in the fridge for 3-4 days.
  • If you don’t plan on eating all the sauce right away, simply skip the step of tossing it with the pasta and boil fresh pasta when reheating the sauce.
  • I don’t recommend freezing this one.
a serving spoon with creamy tomato goat cheese pasta

I hope you’ll enjoy this easy pasta recipe with goat’s cheese. Did you make it? Please leave me a star rating and comment below! You can also find me on Instagram.

a bowl of tomato goat cheese pasta
4.98 from 36 votes

Tomato Goat Cheese Pasta

This tomato goat cheese pasta recipe is simple, fresh, and easy to make. Goat cheese makes the tomato sauce deliciously creamy! It's ready in about 30 minutes.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 8 ounces uncooked pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 (14 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 4 ounces goat cheese or to taste
  • 1 small handful fresh basil sliced thin
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • For serving: freshly grated parmesan cheese optional


  • Boil a salted pot of water for your pasta. Cook it al dente according to package directions.
  • In a medium saucepan, sauté the onion in the olive oil for 5-7 minutes over medium heat (ok if it lightly browns).
  • Stir in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Add in the crushed tomatoes, Italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes (leave them out if you don't want any heat). Reduce the heat and simmer the sauce gently for about 10 minutes.
  • Stir in the goat's cheese and basil (the cheese should melt right in and make the sauce creamy). If you're at all unsure about the taste of goat cheese, add it in gradually and taste as you go. Season with salt & pepper as needed. Serve with the drained pasta (add a splash of the pasta water if you want to thin the sauce out) and freshly grated parmesan cheese if desired.


  • Goat cheese can be quite strong. If you just want a hint of it, feel free to use half or less than half the recommended amount. I used a 4 ounce soft goat cheese log for this recipe.


Calories: 358kcal, Carbohydrates: 52g, Protein: 15g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 13mg, Sodium: 244mg, Potassium: 446mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 633IU, Vitamin C: 11mg, Calcium: 93mg, Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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This recipe was originally published on April 21, 2020. It’s been updated with new photos and better instructions but is the same great recipe!

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  1. 5 stars
    This is absolutely delicious! My grandson and I have recently become gluten free, so I made it with gf pasta. And it was wonderful! He loved it, as does the whole family. I will definitely make it again.

  2. 5 stars
    this is one of the best pastas I have ever had so simple yet so pleasant this is defiantly going to be cooked again and if you have kids t is perfect but instead of goat cheese I used double cream but either way it is a lovely recipe

  3. 5 stars
    I made this and added a few extra veggies we had in the fridge (zucchini and eggplant). It was amazing!! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    Delicious! I love the flavors of the tomato and goat blending together. I made some adjustments based upon what I had on hand and it turned out great. I didn’t have any onion but I did add some beef and Italian sausage. I cooked the meat in the same pan and then proceeded with the recipe.

  5. 5 stars
    Oh so tasty!! I did halve the goats cheese but added parmesan to the final dish, added a pinch of sweet paprika as I had no pepper flakes & for me it just needed a touch of sweetness to counteract & complement the tang, so added a tablespoon of caramelised onion chutney at the end… served with wilted spinach mixed through it basically became the pasta version of the Pizza Express Padana pizza…. ie absolutely delicious!!!
    Such a simple dish, brilliant for a lazy weekend lunch!

  6. 5 stars
    This dish is so amazing and full of flavor and it is SO simple to make! It is creamy and luxurious without being heavy. I pan seared some salmon to go with it and the flavors worked so well together!