Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Cook’s Corner Recipe: Whole-Grain Shells with Goat Cheese & Walnuts





Servings: 6 Main Dish Servings


  1. 1/2 Cup walnuts chopped
  2. 2 cloves garlic chopped
  3. 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  4. 1 box medium whole-grain shells
  5. 1 lb. frozen peas
  6. 6 oz. goat cheese, softened
  7. salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat covered 6-quart pot of water to boiling on high.  Add 2 teaspoons of less of salt.
  • In 8 to 10 inch skillet, combine walnuts, garlic, and oil.  Cook on medium until golden and fragrant, stirring occasionally.  Stir in 1/8 teaspoon each freshly ground black pepper.
  • Add pasta to boiling water in pot.  Cook 1 minute less than minimum time that label directs, stirring occasionally.
  • Add peas; cook 1 minute longer. Reserve 1 cup pasta cooking water.  Drain pasta and peas; return to pot.  Add goat cheese, 1/2 cup cooking water, 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper.  If mixture is dry, toss with additional cooking water. 
  • To serve top with garlic-and-walnut mixture.

Nutritional Analysis:

430 calories, 20g pro, 59 g carbohydrate, 15g total fat, 5g sat fat, 9g fiber 13mg cholesterol, 350 mg sodium

Source: Good Housekeeping; March 2011.


  1. Shells, goat cheese, and walnuts?!?! I love it!!
    Great recipe Anthony!

    I hope you're doing well :)

  2. Thanks Gina! Good to hear from you; glad you stopped by. This was delicious.

    Take care,
    Anthony :)