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Two bowls of shrimp and goat cheese pasta with a fork twirl
Shrimp and Goat Cheese Pasta
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins

This easy pasta dinner comes together in about 25 minutes and makes a great date night meal!

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 317 kcal
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 pound pasta see notes
  • 12 oz medium shrimp
  • 1 tbsp high heat oil, like avocado
  • 1-2 tsp garlic powder
  • 4 oz goat cheese
  • 2 tbsp dried chives
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt and pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Place 6 bacon strips on a wire rack on top of a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil to catch the grease. Bake bacon for 20 minutes, until cooked and crispy. Alternatively, you can cook bacon in the microwave by layering it with paper towels and cooking for 4-6 minutes.

  2. If using frozen shrimp, let thaw completely in fridge or run under hot water for 4-5 minutes until defrosted. Peel and de-vein the shrimp if necessary.

  3. While the bacon is cooking, start a large pot of salted water on the high heat and bring to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions until al dente, usually about 8 minutes depending on the shape.

  4. When the bacon is done, spread the peeled and de-veined shrimp onto a clean baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Drizzle with avocado oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Bake for 3-4 minutes until bright pink. 

  5. When the pasta is cooked, reserve about 2 cups of cooking water and drain the rest. Return the cooked pasta to the pot. Crumble 4 ounces of goat cheese into the pot and add the chives, lemon juice, and about 3/4 cup of reserved pasta water to make a creamy sauce. 

  6. Stir everything to combine well. Add the shrimp and chopped bacon and mix well. Taste and add more lemon juice/chives/pasta water if desired. Serve and enjoy! 

Recipe Notes
  • Any style of pasta will work, I suggest a spaghetti shape like fettuccine or bucatini¬†
  • The pasta will soak up the sauce as it cools, so you may need some extra olive oil if you reheat leftovers.
  • A couple variations: To make this strictly vegetarian/pescetarian, just leave out the bacon. You can also toss in some spinach at the end to sneak in some greens.¬†