Lumaconi with Tomato Sauce and Goat Cheese



IMG_9817I’m a definitely a pasta lover, and can’t think of an absolute favorite, nor one I don’t like! Today I chose the Lumaconi Pasta, the shape looks like a big snail shell that you can fill with (tuna, ricotta cheese…) you have an infinite choice. For this recipe, I opted for Goat cheese.

Serves 4


  • 400g of Lumaconi Pasta
  • 1 brown onion
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 3 baby eggplant
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 450g of ripe tomatoes
  • A pinch of salt
  • A pinch of black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh thyme
  • 4 generous tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • Goat cheese (200g)
  • Basil leaves
  • 350ml of water


For the sauce:

  1. In a large pan add the olive oil.
  2. Add the onion (sliced) and the garlic, and start to cook on medium heat for 3 minutes.
  3. Add the sliced baby eggplants, the salt, the black pepper, the bay leaves, the dried oregano, the fresh thyme and cook for 10 minutes.
  4. Add the sliced ripe tomatoes and pour the water.
  5. Cook for 20 minutes until the sauce reduces and becomes thick.

For the Lumaconi Pasta:

  1. Using a big pan, boil water and add a pinch of salt.
  2. Pour the pasta and cook them, Al Dente.
  3. Transfer the pasta into a colander and drain them.

Final Procedure:

  1. Fill each Lumaconi with a little of goat cheese and tomato sauce, delicate procedure (be careful don’t break the pasta).
  2. In the middle of the serving plate add the tomato sauce and the Lumaconi on the top, serve with fresh Basil.

This little Snail Shells are delicious and goat cheese brings a strong flavor to the pasta!

Bon Apétit!

42 Comments Add yours

  1. acasadisimi says:

    i love pasta!!!

    1. I love pasta too 🙂

  2. Linda Junior says:

    It seems delicious!! mmmm ;D

    1. It is Linda Junior, delicious and yummy 🙂

  3. Nancy says:

    Beautiful dish, Linda! I don’t think I’ve ever had lumaconi [shocking, I know]. I prefer a heartier pasta, like this, and I definitely think I need to find some . The filling sounds fabulous! Simple yet flavorful. 🙂

    1. Thank you Nancy 🙂 Usually I work with Conchiglie Rigate as I have Gloutons at home I opted for the Lumaconi (big). I used Garofalo brand, the pasta are very good!

      1. Nancy says:

        Thanks for providing the brand name, I will seek it out at my local Italian market. 🙂

      2. I hope you will find them 🙂

  4. Lisa says:

    This looks fantastic, Linda! I love the shape of the pasta – I’ve never seen this variety before!

    1. Thank you Lisa 🙂 This is the second time that I work with Lumaconi, easier to stuff than the small shells and they taste very good too!

  5. Ngan R. says:

    Look at those big shells! I’ve stuffed manicotti shells, but never lumaconi. I must find them! Your plate looks delicious!

    1. Thank you so much Ngan 🙂 Big shells for big Gloutons…I think Lumaconi are the biggest shells, they are so easy to stuff and delicious too!

  6. Looks really delicious!

    1. Thank you Naina 🙂

    1. Yes, very yummy ❤

  7. datewithaplate says:

    such a great dish – I’m going to try and recreate for sure!

    1. Thank you Tara 🙂 Do let me know how it goes!

  8. This looks so wonderful! What a lovely recipe for pasta.

    1. Thank you so much Margot 🙂 It’s a very tasty and simple recipe!

  9. Serena says:

    Linda, this pasta dish is gorgeous! Yummy!!!!!!!!

    1. Thank you so much Serena 🙂 With the addition of Goat cheese it was very tasty !

      1. Serena says:

        Indeed. Very nice, Linda!

  10. saucygander says:

    Wow, I’ve never seen that pasta shape before! It looks delicious. 🙂

    1. Thank you Saucy 🙂 They take more time to cook because of the size of the shell but they are really delicious!

  11. Wow…that looks like perfect pasta dish. So much flavor!

    1. Thank you Laila 🙂 The Goat cheese and the tomato sauce bring a very nice taste to this pasta !

  12. This looks delicious, I have never seen this type of pasta before, I will look for it next time I’m at the Italian gourmet shop 🙂

    1. Thank you SSP 🙂 They are very tasty. I hope you will find them and they are so easy to stuff!

  13. ohlidia says:

    Oh, how gorgeous is that? Love that you added baby eggplant in the tomato sauce. Just lovely!

    1. Thank you so much Lidia 🙂 I decided to put my baby eggplant and fresh thyme from my garden to make my pasta. I’m very satisfied, the pasta was delicious!

  14. Darya says:

    Wow ! Ça a l’air délicieux et tes photos sont superbes, comme toujours (j’adore ton assiette bleue). Je viens de manger, mais tu me donnes faim là! 🙂

    1. Merci Darya, la derniere fois que j’en ai prepare je les ai trouve tellement facile a farcir que je n’ai pas hesite une seconde a en refaire. Un peu plus long que les autres pour la cuisson mais vraiment bon!

  15. safia-safou says:

    oh j’aime les pâtes et c’est bien présenter mmmmmmm 😉

    1. Merci beaucoup Safia 🙂 Elles sont tellement facile a farcir et avec le fromage de chevre c’est vraiment bon!

  16. milkandbun says:

    What a great recipe, Linda! I like that it’s with eggplant and goat cheese 🙂

    1. Thank you Mila 🙂 Eggplant and goat cheese are in total harmony in this dish!

  17. Believe or not I’ve never tried to use goat cheese with pasta… such a great recipe Linda!

    1. Margherita, it’s so good with goat cheese, a tasty strong flavor 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Fae 🙂

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