Heartland Creamy Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta

I once hid my daughters boo-boo, her mangy pink blanket which inspired her nightly thumbsucking routine. I told her the washing machine must have swallowed it, and tucked it silently into a thrift-store-bound bag. That’s just how mom’s have to roll sometimes.

Thankfully, I don’t have to go all stealth on my pasta, since Heartland Pasta has already done the hiding for me! A package of their Hidden Vegetable Pasta arrived on my doorstep last week, and the kids were immediately thrilled. They rather love pasta in any form. And this pasta makes a win-win for all of us. The kids get their noodles, and I get to know there’s a full serving of veggies in every 100 grams of pasta.

With a mixture of sweet corn, carrots, and squash blended into Heartland’s Hidden Vegetable Pasta, you’d think there’d be something funky about the flavor. But, there’s nary a hint of untraditional flavor. The pasta pair perfectly with all your favorite dishes, everything you’ve already used traditional pasta for, you can make with the Hidden Vegetable Pastas without worrying about any sort of flavor or texture change.

Of course, if you’re like me, old recipes are nice, but new recipes are nicer. So, I whipped up a quick and simple pasta tonight, using Heartland Elbow Mac. Rather than taking time to pull together a roux for a cream-based sauce, I simply melted goat cheese all around smoked sundried tomatoes, rotisserie chicken, and fresh chopped basil.

The result? Yummy city. The kids gobbled it up, and I got down Gangham Style on the floor. Because that’s just how we moms roll sometimes.


Heartland Creamy Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta


12 ounces Heartland Elbow Macaroni
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
4 ounces goat cheese
1/4 cup milk or unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup chopped smoked sundried tomatoes
1 cup rotisserie chicken, chopped
1 cup chopped basil
salt and pepper to taste


In a large pot, boil Heartland Elbow Macaroni according to package directions. Drain cooked pasta in a strainer, and return pot to stove. Over medium, drizzle olive oil into pot, then add garlic. Cook for 30-60 seconds then add goat cheese and milk. Remove from heat, add pasta, sundried tomatoes, chicken, and basil. Toss to mix. Salt and pepper to taste.

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13 Responses to “Heartland Creamy Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta”

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    Erin on September 26, 2012 at 8:05 am Reply

    How freaking yummy does this sound? I must make this.

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    Bev @ Bev Cooks on September 26, 2012 at 8:08 am Reply


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    Cassie on September 26, 2012 at 11:38 am Reply

    I am dying to have a bowl of this. I have been putting goat cheese in everything lately!

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    addie @ culicurious on September 26, 2012 at 12:51 pm Reply

    Yummy city is right! This looks fantastic. I’ve not heard of this pasta before but will look for it at my local grocery. Love getting extra veggies with my meal :)

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    OrGreenic on September 26, 2012 at 2:38 pm Reply

    The texture of the goat cheese must have made a wonderful sauce. All of these flavors sound divine. Great recipe, thanks for sharing.

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    Mary on September 26, 2012 at 3:03 pm Reply

    sounds wonderful- full of flavor and goodness – this is a winner!
    mary x

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    tarryn on September 26, 2012 at 8:33 pm Reply

    You gave away her blankie?

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    Michelle on September 28, 2012 at 4:50 am Reply

    My son still has his blankie and he’s 21 and my daughter is 30 and still has her bear.

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    Mandy on September 30, 2012 at 10:22 pm Reply

    I love the idea of goat cheese and basil! mmmm…

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    Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamily on October 5, 2012 at 3:40 pm Reply

    I sure hope I can find some of that pasta here in my neck of the woods! I shy away from pasta to cut down on starch and gluten. I love the goat cheese in this! I can’t believe I’ve never added my fav cheese to pasta before!

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    Homesick for the Northeast on October 24, 2012 at 9:25 pm Reply

    Brooke, where did you find the smoked sundried tomatoes? :)

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