Quick Herbed Goat Cheese Alfredo with Red Lentil Pasta

22 Jan

Have you ever added up how much you spend on food? The daily coffees, lunches out with co-workers, dinner dates, picked-up meals and weekly groceries all add up to a LOT of money. Whether you’re working on a New Year’s goal related to spending habits, or just want to be able to cook more frugally, the Recipe Redux has you covered this month!

We’ve been tasked with creating a recipe that costs less than $3 per serving. Now, as a vegetarian, this is much easier for me than my meat-eating friends. I noticed the drop in spending immediately after I gave up meat – both at the grocery store and at restaurants. But the bill can still add up and sometimes in a less than healthy way.

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So I wanted to develop a meal that was not only low cost, but high in flavor, protein and fiber. Have you seen those legume-based pastas that are available? Black bean spaghetti, red lentil rotini, even chickpea penne! Yes, they sound a little crazy, and the first time you make black bean spaghetti, I guarantee you will be weirded out by the color of the cooking water. But these are such an incredible alternative to traditional pastas. (Which I totally have nothing against, especially since I began making my own!) Sometimes, you just need a high protein meal that comes together quickly and can be easily dressed up.

This Alfredo delivers on all of the above. Red lentil pasta, which clocks in at a hefty 21 grams of protein per serving, is tossed with a simple yet flavorful goat cheese sauce. Dress up the finished product with a bit of balsamic glaze and voila: a healthy, quick, delicious meal that only costs $2.22 per serving.

Quick Herbed Goat Cheese Alfredo with Red Lentil Pasta

Serves 2

  • 6 oz red lentil gluten free pasta (can substitute for black bean pasta, or another favorite) – ($1.50)
  • 2 tbsp butter ($0.15)
  • 1/2 C soy milk (or other preferred milk) ($0.12)
  • 4 oz garlic & herb goat cheese or chevre ($1.99)
  • 1 oz parmesan, freshly shredded ($0.36)
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp Balsamic glaze, to garnish ($0.32)

Grand total: $4.44. Per serving: $2.22!

Cook pasta according to package directions. These legume-based pastas have pretty specific directions, so it’s best to follow them!

While the pasta boils, heat butter in a large skillet over medium-high. Once melted, stir in the milk and then the cheeses. Keep stirring to melt all the cheese into the milk. Taste and season with salt and pepper as desired.

Drain the cooked pasta and immediately transfer into the skillet with the hot Alfredo sauce. Toss to coat completely. Serve and drizzle with balsamic glaze (this is optional, but the sweet tang of the glaze makes the creamy sauce pop!)

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20 Responses to “Quick Herbed Goat Cheese Alfredo with Red Lentil Pasta”

  1. Onisha Ellis January 22, 2017 at 2:04 pm #

    Seems easy!

  2. awhiskandtwowands January 23, 2017 at 1:47 pm #

    Looks so easy and budget friendly! Great for a weeknight family meal!

  3. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner January 23, 2017 at 1:51 pm #

    Oh yum that’ looks delicious and easy to make on a weekday!

  4. abbey sharp January 23, 2017 at 7:29 pm #

    omg this looks really good!! I’ll have to give it a go forsure!

  5. Jodi @ Create Kids Club January 23, 2017 at 8:23 pm #

    A goat cheese sauce?! That sounds amazing and cost effective too! Winner ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Kerri McGrail January 23, 2017 at 8:36 pm #

    I am obsessed with red lentil pasta! I love that there are so many great gluten free pastas on the market these days with lots of protein!

    • xtinaluvspink January 23, 2017 at 10:12 pm #

      I was soooo excited when my Aldi had a huge stock of it, and for so cheap!!

  7. Liz @ I Heart Vegetables January 23, 2017 at 8:40 pm #

    Yum! I love goat cheese and I just recently tried red lentil pasta! Now I need to try them together ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health January 23, 2017 at 9:02 pm #

    goat cheese makes everything so flavorful!

  9. chrissystein January 23, 2017 at 9:22 pm #

    Holy man! For 21 grams of protein you almost have to try it. Awesome way to punch of the protein power for pasta.

    • xtinaluvspink January 23, 2017 at 10:13 pm #

      For sure! And a great way to get non lentil lovers to eat it ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. GiGi Eats Celebrities January 24, 2017 at 1:59 pm #

    I’ve never had goat cheese before – is that weird?

    • xtinaluvspink January 24, 2017 at 1:59 pm #

      Yes! But it’s never too late ๐Ÿ™‚ it is tangy and creamy and not for everyone, lol.

  11. Aliah January 24, 2017 at 7:28 pm #

    I just bought red lentil pasta from Costco and was wondering how to prepare it for dinner. We love alfredo so this is perfect. I may add some protein crumbles!

    • xtinaluvspink January 24, 2017 at 8:25 pm #

      Fantastic! Ooh, even more protein with the crumbles ๐Ÿ™‚

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