Serves 6-8 / Almost like fettuccine Alfredo but with fewer calories and less fuss. I use Tinkyada rice noodles.

12 ounces brown-rice spiral pasta

1 tablespoon olive oil

½ pint cherry tomatoes, or more to taste

2 large cloves garlic, finely chopped or pressed

¾ teaspoon dried basil, or 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

4 ounces fresh soft goat cheese (chèvre), room temperature

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. In a sauté pan, bring olive oil to a sizzle. Add cherry tomatoes, garlic, and basil. Cook on medium heat until tomatoes begin to pop.
  3. Drain pasta, but don't rinse; transfer to a warm serving bowl. Immediately add goat cheese and stir until pasta becomes coated. Add tomato mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.

PER SERVING: 287 cal, 26% fat cal, 8g fat, 4g sat fat, 9mg chol, 8g protein, 46g carb, 3g fiber, 76mg sodium

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