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Shrimp and Spaghetti in a Goat-Cheese Tarragon Sauce

Posted by Peggy on September 28, 2010

Spaghetti and Shrimp in Goat Cheese Sauce
Recipe: Shrimp and Spaghetti in a Goat-Cheese Tarragon Sauce


  • 12 ounces spaghetti (I used whole wheat)
  • 1/4 cup reserved pasta water (see above notes)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon fresh tarragon (1 teaspoon dry)
  • 5 ounces soft goat cheese
  • 1 pound cooked shrimp (see above notes)
  • Red pepper flakes


  1. Cook pasta in salted water according to package directions. Before draining, ladle out 1/4 cup pasta water and reserve.
  2. In a sauté pan, heat olive oil over medium-low heat. Add garlic and sauté 1 minute. Crumble goat cheese into pan, and, with a fork, mash into the garlic and oil. Then add reserved pasta water. Combine pasta water and goat cheese and whisk until smooth.
  3. Stir in tarragon and shrimp; season to taste with kosher salt and red pepper flakes. Serve with pasta.

Time: 25 minutes

Number of servings (yield): 3-4 servings (with plenty of shrimp)

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