These goat cheese recipes are the best way to eat the creamy, tangy cheese: from pasta to pizza, everything’s better with a little goat cheese.
Goat cheese is one of our very favorite ingredients to cook with here at A Couple Cooks. And we’ll put it in just about anything! Pasta, pizza, salads, and eggs are exponentially better with tangy, creamy goat cheese crumbles. Aside from the flavor, goat cheese has some benefits over cows cheese as well. We’ve founded up our very favorite goat cheese recipes and a bit of info on the benefits of eating this delicious soft cheese.
Is goat cheese healthy or better for you than cow’s cheese?
If you’re a cheese lover and healthy eater, goat cheese is one of your best bets. There are many benefits of goat cheese over a standard cow’s cheese like cheddar or mozzarella. Here are some of the benefits of goat cheese (Source: Prevention):
- Goat cheese has more vitamins and minerals than cow’s cheese. Goat’s milk is richer in essential nutrients than cow’s milk (like vitamin A & B, calcium, iron, magnesium, and potassium).
- Goat cheese has slightly less calories than cow’s cheese. Goat cheese has just 75 calories per ounce—less than cow cheeses like mozzarella (85), Swiss (108), and cheddar (115).
- Goat cheese is easier to digest. Goat cheese has less lactose than cow’s milk and a slightly different protein structure. That means even people who are lactose intolerant many times can digest goat cheese!
At the top of the list of our best goat cheese recipes: this pasta! This mushroom pasta has fresh herbs, goat cheese and lemon: takes only 25 minutes to put together, but tastes like it took all day to make. The pasta is smothered with creamy goat cheese, the mixed mushrooms are sauteed with fresh thyme and oregano until they’re super savory, and there’s a pop of fresh lemon to round it off. Oh and there’s some nutrient dense leafy greens, too.
If you’re looking to distract party guests with a finger food they can’t resist, this is it. This baked goat cheese disappears quickly! Probably our most well loved of these goat cheese recipes, something about the sweet, garlic-y roasted tomato sauce and gooey baked goat cheese keeps everyone coming back for more. The main concept is to cook up your own tomato sauce with fire roasted tomatoes, then place the goat cheese right into the sauce and bake it until it’s creamy and melty. Serve it with bread to dip and it tastes like deconstructed pizza!
If you’re looking for goat cheese recipes, it’s as simple as adding dollops to your eggs! This recipe for fluffy scrambled eggs is pretty incredible and ultra simple. The eggs are cooked over low heat and gently shaped them into soft folds, with soft goat cheese added goat cheese for tangy flavor. What results is a creamy, gooey, addicting mess. If asparagus is in season, it’s the perfect pairing.
This goat cheese spread is a 5 ingredient, 5-minute easy appetizer that takes your happy hour to the next level with a very little amount of effort! The magic ingredients are goat cheese, olive oil, paprika, and Dijon mustard, which form into a creamy orange dip. And the final magic ingredient: capers! They add just the right amount of savory saltiness that make the dip shine. This is one of our quickest goat cheese recipes.
What's better in a salad than creamy goat cheese crumbles? This blackberry salad is classic and chic: ripe berries, baby greens, soft goat cheese and smoked almonds bring a nuance of flavor that’s extraordinary for the amount of prep time required. And top it off with our famous creamy Best Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing. It's a serious standout side salad. (PS substitute blueberries if they're easier to find!)
A quick weeknight meal, this healthy pita pizza with goat cheese and tomato is as simple as it is tasty. It’s topped with creamy goat cheese and juicy heirloom tomatoes, then sprinkled with fresh herbs. A pita pizza can be prepared in the time it takes to preheat your oven, and baked in a little over 10 minutes! It tastes like it’s taken hours to prepare, even though it’s the definition of simple.
This 20-minute creamy penne pasta is so tangy and creamy, sweet from the tomatoes and lightly peppery from the fresh basil. The secret to the creaminess is that goat cheese, which brings a body to the sauce that’s almost like a vodka sauce. Combined with chewy penne, it’s out of this world! And best of all, you barely have to think to make it.
Got an Instant Pot? Make this pasta using our Creamy Instant Pot Pasta recipe.
Goat cheese on Brussels sprouts? Why not! We love Brussels sprouts roasted in a very hot oven so that they become blackened and crisp. Here we’ve mixed our Brussels sprouts with a store-bought mild harissa, a North African red pepper sauce that adds big flavor. Then of course we’ve topped them with dollops of creamy goat cheese. Not long ago, we would have frowned at the thought of Brussels sprouts on my plate. These days, the little green guys are seeing a big comeback: even as part of goat cheese recipes!
Goat cheese makes any pizza better, and this one is full of colorful (and dare I say, healthy) topping ingredients: peppers, tomatoes, red onion, and everyone’s favorite: the avocado! A thin layer of our easy homemade pizza sauce makes a savory base. Then add the kicker: dollops of creamy goat cheese. Sprinkled with strips of peppery fresh basil, it’s downright heavenly.
One of our favorite goat cheese recipes is this pumpkin gnocchi bake! It’s got a savory pumpkin sauce made creamy with a little Greek yogurt. Doughy gnocchi pillows are baked in the sauce along with gooey goat cheese. It’s probably one of the coziest comfort foods we’ve baked up, and it consistently gets rave reviews! Last year we served this as a vegetarian Thanksgiving recipe and it very quickly disappeared.
This is one of those goat cheese recipes for special occasions, but the effort is absolutely worth it. This sweet potato, goat cheese and lentil main dish is gooey, creamy, crispy, fresh, and earthy all at once. The goat cheese is not only crumbled over the top with black lentils, fresh thyme, and crunchy celery leaves, but it’s mixed into the inside of the sweet potato for a creamy, savory filling.
This one is a super simple winter appetizer featuring a sweet and savory combo made in heaven: tart cherries and goat cheese. Dried cherries are cooked down with a little balsamic vinegar to make a sweet-tart compote. It’s served over crusty bread spread with fluffy goat cheese, and topped with a few slivers of fresh sage. It’s one of our easy goat cheese to prepare for guests or for a date night in.
Speaking of crusty bread, here’s another one of our goat cheese recipes that’s perfect as an appetizer! This bruschetta features mushrooms sauteed with fresh herbs and lemon, served over a tangy fluffy spread of goat cheese. Words can’t really describe the taste sensation!
And rounding out these goat cheese recipes, this rainbow vegetable sandwich! It looks stunning and tastes just as amazing as it looks. One of the best ways we’ve found to get kids–and adults–to eat veggies is simply to make them look good. This sandwich features pickled radishes, roasted peppers, avocado, and red onion — and then of course goat cheese! Goat cheese is mixed with fresh herbs to make an over-the-top delicious sandwich spread. It’s a great component to add to any of your sandwiches, be it this one or others!
About the Authors
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.