Whole Wheat Goat Cheese Pasta with Brussels, Butternut + Bacon
When Bon Appétit asked me to create a meal for four with only $10 of ALDI ingredients, I felt totally up to the challenge. Even though I haven’t been to ALDI in over a decade–not since I went as a teenager with my mom–I felt confident that $10 at ALDI would go a lot further than at other grocery stores. To be honest, I sort of expected that the store hadn’t changed at all since I had been. I knew to bring a quarter to get a grocery cart (don’t worry, you get it back). I knew to bring my reusable bags. What I didn’t expect was to see that they now carry numerous organic, gluten-free, and non-GMO products. I found an organic produce section, gluten free breads, and even organic, grass fed beef!
When searching the store for inspiration for this meal, I quickly decided on a trifecta of fall flavors (and alliteration): brussels sprouts, butternut squash, and bacon. They roast together in one pan, and then they’re served over a bed of hearty whole grain pasta. Garlic and herb goat cheese quickly transforms into a bright and flavorful sauce with just a little bit of the pasta cooking water.
My hope was to make this recipe a flexible one. For a quick weeknight dinner, a box of whole grain pasta keeps things simple. However, if you want to really impress your guests for a dinner party, hand-cut egg noodles are the way to go. Though it takes a little bit of extra time, you certainly don’t need a culinary degree or eight generations of Italian heritage to make fresh pasta. No special equipment is required other than a rolling pin, and a spare wine bottle will do in a pinch!
- 2 cups whole wheat flour + more for sprinkling
- 2 large eggs + 2 yolks
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 pound box whole wheat pasta
- 1 pound brussels sprouts
- 1 pound butternut squash
- 4 slices bacon
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 ounces garlic + herb goat cheese, softened
- salt + pepper
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
For a gluten free meal, swap whole wheat pasta for a gluten free variety, like ALDI's liveGfree gluten free brown rice spaghetti for $1.89.
For a vegetarian meal, omit bacon or replace with a meat free substitute.
In lieu of flavored goat cheese, add 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder and 2 teaspoons of fresh, chopped herbs such as oregano, basil, and/or parsley to plain goat cheese.
Cost of meal:
10 ounces Baker’s Corner whole wheat flour = $0.35 ($2.79 for 5 lbs)
4 Goldhen large eggs = $0.90 ($2.69 for 1 dozen)
– or – 1 pound Fit & Active whole grain spaghetti = $0.89
1 pound bag brussels sprouts = $2.19
1 pound butternut squash = $0.99
4 slices SimplyNature uncured bacon (about 4 ounces) = $1.33 ($3.99 for 12 oz package)
4 ounces Specially Selected garlic & herb goat cheese = $1.99
GRAND TOTAL: $7.29 – $7.65
That’s about $2 per serving once you include tax and a very small amount of olive oil, salt, and pepper. Bon appétit, y’all!
This post was sponsored by ALDI and Bon Appétit, however, all opinions are my own.