Meatless Monday: Roasted Red Pepper and Goat Cheese Pasta & I turn 27!


G’morning. It’s my birthday. A Monday. Blah. But I won’t complain. I’m not “working” as in, going to a job, but our shipment arrives today and that means unpacking. Lots and lots of unpacking. Which would be all the more tolerable if my fingers didn’t feel like they might fall off after putting together a patio set consisting of 2 chairs, a love seat, and a table. I am woman, hear me ROAR! (I totally needed a nap after that task yesterday…).

I’m not one to make a big fuss out my birthday. I’m actually one of those people that lets the birthday calls goes to voicemail a lot of times. I like a good meal out and maybe a card. With our recent move, Mr. Prevention had given me a heads up that this year my birthday gift was a new house. And hey, no complaints there. I LOVE my new home.


But then on Friday when I went to the mailbox, Mr. Prevention said, “If that box is for me…don’t open it. It may be a birthday gift…”

Of course I proceeded to shake the box. He later opened the box, only to discover it was the replacement water filter for the fridge. Needless to say, I’m very curious to see what this birthday gift is.

Other than my birthday, today is also Meatless Monday. Unlike every other Meatless Monday, however, this recipe was not based off a recipe, per se. It was based off a reader’s suggestion for a quick meal – pasta with a sauce consisting of roasted red peppers, goat cheese, and tomatoes. I had no idea on proportions, but in the bare bones of my stock I was able to dig up 5 ounces of goat cheese, 1 can of tomatoes, and a jar of roasted red peppers.


I threw it all into a blender, blended it, and somewhat nervously reached a spoon in for a taste. All the stars in the sky aligned and magic was made right then and there, with a mere 3 ingredients and virtually no prep.

I beamed with pride as I put this dish on the table and Mr. Prevention was so curious as to what the “smile” was all about. I excitedly told him that I didn’t use a recipe and that I think he’s really going to like dinner. He didn’t even pause to notice the lack of meat before taking a bite and quickly agreeing that this sauce is rich, creamy, and deep with flavor.



Roasted Red Pepper and  Goat Cheese Pasta 

10 oz dry whole wheat fettucine or linguine
15 oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes
5 oz goat cheese
12 oz jar roasted red pepper, drained
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 small zucchini, sliced into 1/4-inch half moons
salt and pepper, to taste


Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a rolling boil; add pasta and cook 9-11 minutes until al dente. Drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, combine tomatoes, goat cheese, and peppers in a blender or food processor; process until smooth.

In a large sauce pan, heat the olive oil. Add the zucchini, salt and pepper to taste and saute 2-3 minutes until beginning to soften and brown. Add the goat cheese sauce to the zucchini and simmer 6-7 minutes or until heated through.

Combine the pasta and sauce in a large bowl and serve hot.

Yield: 4 servings (about 1 1/2 cups each)

Nutrition Information (per serving): 424 calories; 13.8 g. fat; 19 mg. cholesterol; 266 mg. sodium; 62.8 g. carbohydrate; 11 g. fiber; 15.5 g. protein

Result: A creamy sauce ready in seconds, literally! There’s plenty of sauce to go around, so next time I would add more veggies – probably some onion and summer squash, maybe even some colorful and sweet bell pepper. This is a great, meatless meal for the goat cheese lovers out there..and packed with protein for staying power. Low in sodium, too! Enjoy!


Off to welcome the movers and get to work! Hopefully we can pause for a quick meal out tonight to celebrate my 27th! Have a great week

Be well,


  1. says

    Happy birthday!! Have a great fourth also :). Was thinking yesterday how we were in Thailand one year ago. Good times.

  2. says

    Happy birthday to you!!!! I hope you have a wonderful day, even if it does consist of unpacking. My husband bought me an ice cube tray for my birthday this year, so hopefully your present is better than a water filter replacement…LOL!

  3. says

    Looks fabulous! I’ve seen something similar to this with feta, but goat cheese would make it so much creamier, so I definitely need to give this a try. Happy birthday!

  4. says

    Wishing you a vey Happy Birthday, Nicole! I’m glad you’re happily settled into your new home too!

    The pasta looks incredible — I love the addition of goat cheese!

  5. says

    Happy Birthday Nicole! Yes, I am kind of the same way – nice dinner out, a card and I am a happy camper. And I’ll take a new house as a birthday gift any day. 😀


  6. says

    Happy birthday :) I know what you mean, I don’t make a big deal out of my b-day either. I actually kind of like when it goes unnoticed by some people, haha. Anyways, this looks great. I haven’t always loved red peppers, but I’m finally starting to come around :)

  7. says

    Happy birthday! And congrats on making Foodbuzz’s Top 9! This looks incredibly delicious and love the colour of the dish!

  8. says

    Happy Belated Birthday and congratulations on your new home! What a great birthday present! I love easy pasta dishes like this and the combination of roasted red bell pepper and feta is my favorite! Congrats on the Top 9 at Foodbuzz!

  9. Debra says

    I make a roasted red bell pepper dip with Feta, olive oil and raw garlic. I am going to toss that with some pasta. Thank you for giving me the idea. I will also try your recipe but I prefer fresh roasted to the jar stuff. The flavor is ten times better. lol


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