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Whole Grain Shells with Goat Cheese and Walnuts

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  • Author: Natalie McLaury
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


A simple, healthy pasta dish with goat cheese, peas, and walnuts.


  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1/2 cup (75 g) walnuts, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 box (13.25 oz.) medium whole-grain shells
  • 1 bag (16 oz.) frozen peas
  • 6 oz. goat cheese, softened


  1. Bring a 6-quart pot of water to boil. Add 2 tsp (10 ml) salt.
  2. In a 8- to 10- inch skillet, add olive oil, walnuts, and garlic. Cook over medium, stirring occasionally, until golden. Stir in 1/8 tsp (.5 ml) salt and freshly ground pepper.
  3. Add pasta to boiling water and cook 1 minute less than the minimum time on the label, stirring occasionally. Add peas and cook for 1 additional minute. Reserve 1 cup (225 ml) of the pasta cooking water. Drain pasta and peas; return to pot.
  4. Stir in goat cheese, 1/2 cup (118 ml) pasta water, 1/4 tsp (1 ml) salt, and 1/2 tsp (2 ml) freshly ground black pepper. Top with walnuts and garlic mixture.


from Good Housekeeping Magazine

  • Prep Time: 30 mins
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