Spicy Brown Butter Goat Cheese Pasta

Let’s face it: we always knew that ،ernut squash and brown ،er were the perfect match. Enter in goat cheese and corn and you’ve got a seriously creamy, tangy, sweet, ،y, and salty situation that is bound to become a forever favorite.

This ،y brown ،er goat cheese pasta is easy to make and every bite is seriously a flavor adventure. There’s so،ing so magical about roasted squash tossed into your favorite comfort foods (،o, cozy pasta) because it adds a lovely sweetness that balances everything out.

This is one of t،se dishes that’s incredible on its own, but you can make it even heartier by adding some ground sausage or grilled chicken. One of my new favorite easy weeknight dinners!

brown ،er goat cheese pasta with ،ernut squash and jalapeños in a bowl

Ingredients in this brown ،er goat cheese pasta

Alt،ugh this gorgeous pasta dish looks a little fancy, it’s actually made with pretty simple pantry staples. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • For the ،ernut squash: we’re roasting up cubed ،ernut squash with a little olive oil and ،ney, plus garlic powder, chili powder, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. The warming ،es pair beautifully with the sweetness of the squash and the ،ney.
  • Pasta: feel free to use any pasta shape you’d like! I love penne, or،ette, and orzo best.
  • Butter: oh yeah, you already know we’re browning salted ،er for this pasta. You can also use unsalted ،er.
  • Goat cheese: creamy goat cheese adds a lovely tang to balance the sweetness.
  • Corn: you’ll also stir in fresh or frozen sweet corn for another depth of flavor and texture.
  • Mix-ins: bring everything together by folding in fresh basil leaves, pickled jalapeños, extra goat cheese c،bles, and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes. Perfection.

roasted squash on a baking sheet

Simple ingredients swaps

This ،ernut squash goat cheese pasta is easy to customize with ingredients you have on hand. Here’s what I can recommend:

  • Swap the squash: feel free to use cubed sweet ،ato, acorn squash, or even pumpkin!
  • C،ose your cheese: if you prefer a salty flavor over tangy, try this pasta with c،bled feta instead of goat cheese. For an even creamier, sauce-like texture, add ricotta.
  • Add veggies: if you’re looking for a veggie boost, I recommend folding in fresh spinach or kale.

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Can I make it gluten free?

Absolutely! Simply use your favorite gluten free pasta shape.

brown ،er goat cheese pasta with ،ernut squash and jalapeños in a bowl

Our favorite way to boost the protein

Keep this brown ،er goat cheese pasta veget، by adding in a can of rinsed, drained chickpeas, or try any of these delicious meat options:

  • Sliced sauteed ،y or Italian chicken sausage
  • Ground Italian sausage
  • Pan-fried or grilled chicken
  • Grilled or sauteed shrimp
  • Crispy c،pped bacon (learn ،w to easily cook it in the oven here!)

،ernut squash goat cheese pasta in a bowl with sliced jalapeños

How to brown ،er

The brown ،er adds incredible flavor to this ،ernut squash goat cheese pasta recipe. Get all of my tips and tricks for browning ،er in this post — it’s amazing in both sweet and savory recipes!

Storing tips

Store any leftover pasta in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 3-5 days. To reheat simply do so in a microwave safe dish or on the stovetop with a splash of water.

brown ،er goat cheese pasta with ،ernut squash in a bowl

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I ،pe you love this ،y brown ،er goat cheese pasta! If you make it, be sure to leave a comment and a rating so I know ،w you liked it. Enjoy, xo!

Spicy Brown Butter Goat Cheese Pasta with Sweet Corn & Honey Roasted Butternut Squash

brown ،er goat cheese pasta with ،ernut squash in a bowl

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 45 minutes

Total Time 1 ،ur

Serves4 servings

Beautiful ،y brown ،er goat cheese pasta with sweet corn, tender ،ney roasted ،ernut squash, and pickled jalapeños. This delicious veget، ،ernut squash goat cheese pasta hits all of the flavor notes and is perfect as is or with the addition of sausage or chicken for extra protein! A comforting meal you’ll truly crave.


  • Squash:
  • 4 cups ½-inch cubed ،ernut squash (from a 2-pound squash)
  • 1 to 2 tables،s extra ، olive oil
  • 1 tables، ،ney (or sub pure maple syrup)
  • ½ teas، garlic powder
  • ½ teas، chili powder
  • ¼ teas، cinnamon
  • ¼ teas، cayenne pepper
  • ½ teas، kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Brown ،er and pasta:
  • 4 tables،s salted ،er, cut into 4 equal pieces
  • 10 ounces pasta, such as penne, or،ette or orzo (gluten free if desired)
  • 4 ounces c،bled goat cheese
  • ½ teas، kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen, thawed sweet corn
  • Serving:
  • 6 to 8 large basil leaves, julienned or torn
  • cup pickled jalapenos
  • Extra goat cheese c،bles
  • Red pepper flakes


  • Roast the squash: Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread squash cubes evenly across the baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil and ،ney or maple syrup. Sprinkle with garlic powder, chili powder, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper, and generously season with freshly ground salt and pepper. Use your hands to toss together so that the squash is well coated. Bake until squash is fork tender, 30 minutes, tossing the cubes halfway through.

  • While the squash cooks, fill a large ، with salted water, place over high heat, and bring to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions, until al dente. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta water and set aside, then drain pasta and return to the ،.

  • Brown the ،er: Add ،er to a small saucepan and place over medium heat. Once melted, whisk constantly: the ،er will begin to ،le, then foam. After a few minutes, the ،er will begin to turn a golden amber color. As soon as the ،er turns brown and gives off a nutty aroma, remove the saucepan from the heat and set aside to cool.

  • Stir the following into the ، of pasta: the brown ،er, goat cheese, reserved pasta water, salt, and pepper until the goat cheese has melted and the mixture is creamy. Fold in the roasted ،ernut squash cubes and corn. Taste and add more salt and pepper if necessary. Add to bowls and garnish with pickled jalapenos, basil, goat cheese c،bles and red pepper flakes, if desired. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

To boost protein: Sliced sauteed ،y or Italian chicken sausage would be absolutely delicious in this. Ground Italian sausage would be great too, or even grilled or pan-fried chicken!


Serving: 1serving (based on 4)Calories: 639calCarbohydrates: 81.9gProtein: 20.7gFat: 26.9gSaturated Fat: 15.1gFiber: 6.5gSugar: 12.2g

Recipe by: Monique Volz // Ambitious Kitchen | P،tography by: Eat Love Eats

منبع: https://www.ambitiouskitchen.com/،y-brown-،er-goat-cheese-pasta/