Soft Goats cheese and Macadamia Tortellini – When tomatoes invade…

― Hidekaz Himaruya, Hetalia: Axis Powers

Soft Goats cheese and Macadamia Tortellini

I rarely ever buy pasta in restaurants, since principally; it can be made so easily at home for just a fraction of its dine out cost…It always seems like such a shame to spend money on pasta that could otherwise have been a giant made-for-you pizza, or just something else that’s not so easily ‘home-makeable’.

However, if this ricotta and spinach filled pasta were somehow listed on a restaurant menu, then I would have truly no choice but to snap it up in heartbeat …

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And could you blame me?


Except: there is no restaurant around here anyway would be able to re-create this kind of deliciousness…this plate represents a whole new level of personalized, pasta paradise…

Soft Goats cheese and Macadamia Tortellini

I am already a dedicated sucker for any dish that is amazing purely because of the way that the ingredients have been thrown together. And like so, a no fuss, 15 minute dinner with absolutely zero prep after one seriously long day= exactly my kind of thing.

“The promise of carbohydrates makes me deeply emotional.” 
― Katie GraykowskiPerfect Summer

Soft Goats cheese and Macadamia Tortellini

Maybe I cheated, and maybe I didn’t – But I get pasta points for the imagination anyway; Italy has gone nuts…

Soft Goats cheese and Macadamia Tortellini

And P.S: one single block of Goats cheese is worth a thousand and one words in itself:

Soft Goats cheese and Macadamia Tortellini

And macadamia nuts are 100% the cherry on top:

Soft Goats cheese and Macadamia Tortellini

I can’t really write up a recipe for this post. I mean, the tortellini was pre-packaged and the (jar) sauce was far from being homemade and fresh – but I do feel that this leaves lots of pockets for taste enhancement with future attempts! Meanwhile, the emphasis here is meant to be on the sheer blend of crunchy, salted macadamias with the creamy goat’s cheese and, of course, – the basil-based and starchy, tomato goodness laying within…

Soft Goats cheese and Macadamia Tortellini

And also, can you believe that I met a guy who was afraid of tomatoes earlier today? He had a funny way of expressing his fear too. The whole conundrum went something like this:

Table 17 ordered poached eggs on toast; but table 17 didn’t realize that poached eggs are served with a complimentary tomato…

Table 17’s order then arrives at table 17, but Mr 17’s eyes bulge at the sight of the juicy red, freshly grilled tomato accompanying his yolks and toast. Ahem –Table 17 didn’t warn me of his lil phobia…Next thing, Table 17 is squirming in his booth as the plate nears him; he begins to explicitly freak out. By the time table 17’s breakfast has hit the table, Mr 17 shrieks “Get rid of them! Remove them! I hate tomatoes!” His hands were in the air and his face was becoming increasingly desperate –

“I HAD NO IDEA THAT THIS DISH CAME WITH TOMATOES!” Before long, he finally calmed down and was welcomed back to reality with a tomato-less plate of egg (served by a confused me) – because apparently, you can’t just appreciate the culinary gesture by leaving the poor old tomato aside in silence…Table 17 turned out to be one baffling bundle of amusement.

What is life without tomatoes? No pasta, no pizza, no ketchup…no tomato. With anything! Without tomatoes, this macadamia dish wouldn’t be able to look so photogenic…

Tomato love <3

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The bottom line is that: Nuts added to filled pasta = a match made in heaven. This taste satisfaction can be enhanced with heaps of creamy coats cheese; a nice tomato sauce and, perhaps some spinach if your fridge is (still) screaming at you to get rid of it…Imagine the possibilities with other cheeses, nuts and veg…I also feel like this could work nicely with a pesto/pesto cream cheese in lieu of the tomato sauce! (Food for thought if you have issues like Mr 17).

Soft Goats cheese and Macadamia Tortellini

Try it soon! It takes literally 10-15 minutes to make, if not less. And if you don’t like nuts (or tomatoes), then you are missing out big time…

Have a great week!

P.S. I have the most immense carrot cake recipe coming soon! Check out my instagram for a sneak peak 😉 #tripledecker – I am so excited to share it with you all!

Tash x

  • Ashley @ Kick Ash

    Oh my yum! Have you done any posts about food photography? I really need some lessons. I love your photos! Any advice?

    • Tashiana

      Hey Ashley, that’s so sweet of you! If I’m being honest haha, I am still squeezing the juice out of any food photography posts made by other bloggers myself! I will definitely think about it though, I think it would be a really cool way to progress further and see photography from a different perspective. Hmmm…thank you for the idea 😉 You are so kind. I hope you are well!

  • Eva

    Love pasta! Every week I made pasta, your recipe looks so yummy, I think I’m gonna make it 😉

    • Tashiana

      I envy you Eva! We rarely make pasta round here, even though pasta is one of the easiest things ever to prepare…Make it, make it! Hope you are good :)

  • ami@naivecookcooks

    This last pic of pasta is making me so hungry!! Looks so so delicious!!

    • Tashiana

      It was delicious indeed! Nuts and cheese are the best combination ever :)

  • Natasha

    Table 17 sounds hilarious! What a character. I’m sad for him that he doesn’t like tomatoes, though. This recipe looks so tasty. I have no doubt one of these days you’ll be making this dish from scratch!

    • Tashiana

      He was haha! My colleagues were my witnesses, it was so hard to keep a straight face! Hm, maybe you are right! 😉

  • Leigha @ The Yooper Girl

    Ohhh goodness. Pasta. <3 I LOVE simple, quick meals! After having homemade pasta it's so hard to go back to storebought!

    • Tashiana

      Indeed! My biggest fiend have long been those pre-made pasta’s at the supermarkets – either in the lunch-to-go or frozen aisles. There is always way too much sauce that doesn’t even taste nice!

  • Anna | One Prickly Pear

    Hey, Tash! I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for a Liebster Award if you’re interested in participating. Hope you are! If you haven’t heard of it, it’s all over google or you can head over to my blog to check out the details. This pasta looks delicious, by the way. I rarely order pasta at restaurants too :)

    • Tashiana

      Hey Anna! I am so thrilled, you are the best! Thank you <3 I am totally up for it! I have just read your amazing write up on your nomination. I will start organizing my write up + gathering a list of nominees straight away!! Thank you so much again!! :) :)

      • Anna | One Prickly Pear

        You’re very welcome! Looking forward to reading those 11 random facts about you :)

  • Alex @ Kenzie Life

    I can’t imagine life without tomatoes. That’s like life without grass or trees or birds. I’m really craving goat cheese now!!