A stellar side for some roast pork.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, 8 minutes. Drain and set aside in a large bowl.

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  • Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Stir in apple; cook and stir until golden around the edges, about 3 minutes.

  • Stir in chicken broth and increase heat to medium high and simmer 2 minutes.

  • Reduce heat to low. Stir in goat cheese, 2 tablespoons at a time, to apple broth mixture, stirring well to incorporate after each addition. Remove from heat.

  • Mix apple and goat cheese mixture with drained pasta until combined.

  • Stir in walnuts, thyme, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper.

Nutrition Facts

464 calories; protein 16.1g 32% DV; carbohydrates 52.2g 17% DV; fat 22g 34% DV; cholesterol 31.3mg 10% DV; sodium 410.7mg 16% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (20)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/11/2012
Yum! This would be an excellent Fall side and may even make an appearance at Thanksgiving this year! The flavors work so well together and you have to like goat cheese to enjoy this pasta. Ditalini pasta is a fun shape and really holds the sauce. Another great one Chef John thanks!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
06/12/2015
Not very flavorful. Will not make again. Read More
29 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 14
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
08/11/2012
Yum! This would be an excellent Fall side and may even make an appearance at Thanksgiving this year! The flavors work so well together and you have to like goat cheese to enjoy this pasta. Ditalini pasta is a fun shape and really holds the sauce. Another great one Chef John thanks!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/29/2013
This was tasty and I'll definitely make it again. I increased the goat cheese a little and added some red bell pepper and onion with the apples just because I needed to use them up. I also added a little crumbled bacon which I keep in the freezer for all such purposes. I'm sure it would be fine without those additions but with stuff on hand that seemed to fit why not? Thanks Chef John for a great inspiration. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/10/2012
First: I made this with the ingredients I had on hand (feta instead of goat cheese and almonds instead of walnuts) so I'm sure that affected the outcome. The way I made it was suprisingly good. (I wasn't sure I'd like the apple.) Next time I'll have to plan better and actually shop for the right ingredients. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/30/2012
This was extremely tasty I think 2 apples would do wonders though. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/07/2012
I just made this and followed the recipe exactly as written. My husband and I LOVED it... I'm keeping this one in the rotation. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/13/2012
We made this tonight for dinner and we really liked it! We used a granny smith apple and subbed vegetable broth--YUMMY. Next time I think I will use more goat cheese to make it even creamier:) Thanks for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/28/2014
AMAZING! This is such a unique and unexpected dish - we just loved it! I made it exactly as written except I omitted the cayenne pepper because I'm not a fan of spice and I added an extra apple because of other reviewers. I think that made it even better. We didn't find this too bland or anything - although we are big fans of goat cheese! This is not too difficult to make and turns out really well. I would definitely recommend it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/03/2014
Read all the reviews and now I am even more convinced I have to try this recipe tonight!! Making shopping list right now and will get back with all of you tomorrow to let you know how I liked it!! PS: Really glad for all the suggestions for the additions!! Thanking you in advance Chef John for this recipe!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/03/2014
Although this was tasty it was too much fuss and had uncommon ingredients as a side dish for me. I just happened to have some goat cheese. I fixed recipe as written except had only pecans to toast which evens adds extra taste. I prefer to make a simple fettucini alfredo and leave apples to a salad or dessert. I probably won't make again. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
06/12/2015
Not very flavorful. Will not make again. Read More