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Oh my gosh, THIS PASTA!!

Caramelized Balsamic Goat Cheese Pasta | @hbharvest

It is so different from any other pasta recipe I’ve made before. First off, it has zero cream, it’s light on the cheese and has only two tablespoons butter. I know, I know, what?!? Even though this caramelized balsamic goat cheese pasta is missing a lot of the indulgent stuff (that I normally love), it has so much flavor and is so quick to make!

If you’re a little confused as to exactly what IS in this pasta, let me just tell you all the details. Have you guys ever had balsamic glaze? I’m sure you have, it’s often served over caprese salads or drizzled atop many a pasta dish. Balsamic glaze is technically just reduced balsamic vinegar, pretty much the sauce for this pasta. You do need to have to appreciate balsamic to enjoy this recipe, but if you do, than you absolutely must give this a try!

The reduced and caramelized balsamic is tangy and slightly sweet, it’s quite possibly one of the most delicious sauces to coat pasta in…and when paired with a respectful amount of creamy or whipped goat cheese? Well, the result is pasta dinner PERFECTION!

Caramelized Balsamic Goat Cheese Pasta | @hbharvest

Caramelized Balsamic Goat Cheese Pasta | @hbharvest

So real talk for second? I’ve decided that the best recipes are born after the hardest of days. I’m just going to be honest here, I have been having a bit of a hard time creativity wise lately, and it’s it been KILLING me. Last week, after a particularly hard day, I decided pasta was needed for dinner, but I didn’t feel like getting a million and one things out and making the kitchen a complete mess…again. Plus, after days and days of cooking and shooting, I really just wanted something simple. All I had on hand was pasta (obviously), multiple bottles of balsamic vinegar (a bulk buy from Costco) and a couple of logs of goat cheese (always). I remembered a recipe I had seen in Donna Hay for balsamic pasta. So…inspired by that recipe, I basically just threw everything together in a skillet, roasted some beets and called it a day.

When I finally sat down and took a fork full, it was only then that I realized this pasta was kind of amazing…and the most perfect thing for a stressed out mind. I mean, it has such a different flavor, it’s unbelievably DELICIOUS! I do love balsamic, but guys, even if I only liked it…wow, you just have to give this recipe a try, you really do!Caramelized Balsamic Goat Cheese Pasta | @hbharvest

The secret to this dish is the caramelizing of the balsamic. It sounds fancy, but it’s actually really easy. To start, you quickly cook up some mushrooms and garlic for a little added flavor, then add the balsamic vinegar and simmer until the sauce reduces into a thick, syrup-like sauce. Since we’re using this sauce on pasta, I didn’t let mine get too thick, but if it thickens too much, just thin it with water. Then all you do is add your pasta, toss, add the cheese, roasted beets, and EAT. Easy as can be!

The beets are perfectly paired with this pasta (and they add a nice festive red color to the dish too!), and the goat cheese really balances out the sharp and tangy flavors of the balsamic. When I made this dish again to photograph, I had some leftover whipped goat cheese on hand (just whip goat cheese with a little cream and salt), so I used that, but any goat cheese will do. If you’re not a fan of goat cheese, try using burrata, as I’m sure that would be delish as well!

Bottom line here: you really need to give this pasta a try. Preferably as soon, maybe even for dinner tonight. Or maybe for your holiday party this weekend? After all, this pasta is rocking some pretty solid holiday colors. Love it!

Caramelized Balsamic Goat Cheese Pasta | @hbharvest

Caramelized Balsamic Goat Cheese Pasta.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories Per Serving: 595 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.



  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  • On a baking sheet, toss together 2 tablespoons olive oil, the beets, thyme, and a good pinch of salt + pepper. Transfer to the oven and roast for 25-30 minutes or until the beets are tender and lightly charred.
  • Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Boil the pasta until al dente according to package directions. Just before draining, reserve 1 cup of the pasta cooking water. Drain.
  • Melt the butter and 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook until they just begin to caramelize on the edges, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 30 seconds to 1 minute or until fragrant. Remove the mushrooms and garlic from the skillet and place on a plate. To the same skillet, add the balsamic vinegar, honey and crushed red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil over medium high heat and cook for 5-8 minutes or until the balsamic reduces by about 1/3 and is sticky to touch. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the pasta and mushrooms. Toss to coat, if the sauce seems too thick, thin it with a little of the pasta cooking water. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Serve the pasta immediately, topped with roasted beets, goat cheese, and pomegranate arils (if using). Eat!
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  1. Hi, Tieghan!
    YUM! MY!
    SO yummy that I did my conversion magic again:
    1 pound = 450 g long cut pasta such as spaghetti
    8 ounces = 225 g cremini mushrooms sliced
    1 cup = 160 ml balsamic vinegar
    1/2 cup = 100 g crumbled goat cheese or whipped goat cheese
    Keep your recipes (and beautiful pictures) coming!
    From Augsburg, Germany, Eike

  2. I’ve made this twice now (once exactly per your recipe, and then with a different pasta, carrots and only olive oil sans butter) and it turned out amazing! It was way better following your exact recipe. This is my new favorite pasta dish to make at home. Thank you so much! Any idea of the calorie count?

    1. I am so glad that you love this dish so much! I actually do not do calorie counts, so I do not know how many calories would be in this dish. Sorry about that. Thank you, Richa!

  3. Stopped dead in my internet-scrolling tracks when I saw this! This looks amazing and I can’t wait to make it for NYE dinner this weekend!

  4. I could just sit here and gush over these pictures forever. This is food porn in it’s finest form! Haha! Keep the amazing recipes coming! 🙂

  5. What a unique pasta recipe! This sounds unbelievable. We will definitely be trying it in our home soon!

  6. This pasta looks gorgeous, Tieghan! I’ve never thought of caramelizing balsamic vinegar before, but it’s such a great idea!

  7. Everything in this recipe looks amazing, except the mushrooms 🙁 — I have an irrational hatred for mushrooms. Can you suggest something I could use instead? TY!!!!!

    1. Hey Kelly! You can just omit the mushrooms from the recipe, not big deal! If you wanted to add another veggie, I would toss in some spinach. Let me know if you have questions. Hope you love this! Thank you!