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Goat Cheese Mac and Cheese + Roasted Broccoli

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  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


Goat Cheese Mac and Cheese + Roasted Broccoli – a fun spin on your classic Mac and Cheese!


  • 1 lb broccoli (cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • 12 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1215 oz cavatappi noodles (feel free to use gluten free!)
  • 4 Tablespoons ghee (or butter), cut into small chunks
  • 8 oz goat cheese, cut into small chunks
  • pinch of salt and ground black pepper


  1. Preheat: Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Water for Pasta: Heat water in pasta pot.
  3. Prep Broccoli: In the meantime, put broccoli on parchment-lined baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil and salt; massage oil into the broccoli.
  4. Roast Broccoli: Place in oven for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until slightly charred.
  5. Cook Pasta: Cook cavatappi per box instructions until al dente.
  6. Save: Save 1 1/2 cups pasta water.
  7. Drain: Drain remaining pasta water and leave pasta in colander.
  8. Combine: In the same pot you cooked the pasta in, combine butter, goat cheese, 1 cup pasta water and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  9. Whisk: Whisk until everything is melted and sauce is smooth.
  10. Pasta: Add pasta back into the pot and stir.
  11. Broccoli: Add broccoli and toss.
  12. Additional Water: Add remaining 1/2 cup of pasta water, as needed, to smooth out the sauce.
  13. Stir: Continue stirring as the pasta soaks up the sauce!
  14. Serve: Serve immediately.


  • Pasta: Feel free to use a different typo of pasta than cavatappi – just ensure whatever you use cook it al dente and don’t forget to reserve 1 1/2 cups of pasta water before draining the rest!
  • Gluten-Free: You can definitely use gluten-free noodles! Jovial is my favorite gluten-free pasta brand.
  • Broccolini: You could totally use broccolini instead of regular broccoli!
  • Leftovers: Makes great leftovers! Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.  You might need to add a little melted butter, unsweetened almond milk or even little vegetable broth to help bring it back to life!