Goat Cheese Rigatoni Alfredo for #SundaySupper

by Renee on January 13, 2013

Goat Cheese Rigatoni Alfredo | Magnolia Days

Happy Birthday Sunday Supper! One year ago my friend Isabel organized the first #SundaySupper event. It was a virtual progressive meal shared with the world. I was thrilled to participate in that first event and the many that followed. It is hard to believe a year has gone by. Sunday Supper has grown incredibly. Today we are celebrating by choosing and making a recipe featured in one of the events. I chose Isabel’s Goat Cheese Rigatoni Alfredo.

Why did I choose Goat Cheese Rigatoni Alfredo? Well, as soon as I saw the recipe it spoke to me. I love cheese. I have not met a cheese I didn’t like. It is hard to pick a favorite although goat cheese is at the top of my list. Last year I made fettuccine alfredo for the first time. Yummy, creamy, and a bit of an indulgence. So take that and double the yummy and creamy by using goat cheese instead of parmesan. Wow. I had to make it. I adapted her recipe ever so slightly. Basically all I did was use an entire 10 ounce log of goat cheese because more cheese works for me. I also added an optional garnish of parsley or pine nuts.

Sunday Supper has added a lot to my life. Because of it, I have connected with wonderful people. Those connections led to friendships which I value dearly. The bloggers in the Sunday Supper Movement are the most supportive and helpful people both personally and professionally. My day is not complete until I check in and see what’s happening with them. One of my greatest highlights last year was meeting Isabel in person. She is a true leader and visionary. Most importantly, she is a good and dear friend.

Join us in our celebration! Visit these blogs and see how each one is celebrating Sunday Supper’s birthday:

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Sunday Supper Wine Pairings by ENOFYLZ Wine Blog

What a fun event filled with such good food! I only wish I could actually taste each one. Oh wait! I can. I have the recipes. Time to get cooking…

Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter each Sunday. We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET and you do not want to miss out on the fun. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos.

Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here → Sunday Supper Movement.

PS. Special thanks to Liz of That Skinny Chick Can Bake for celebrating with my brownie tart recipe.

Goat Cheese Rigatoni Alfredo

Goat Cheese Rigatoni Alfredo

  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 1/2 cups half-and-half
  • 10 ounces goat cheese (not pre-crumbled)
  • 16 ounces rigatoni pasta, cooked al dente
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • Optional garnish: Chopped fresh parsley or toasted pinenuts

In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Slowly add the half-and-half while whisking or stirring constantly. Add the goat cheese in small amounts and whisk or stir until cheese has melted and mixture is creamy and smooth. Add the cooked rigatoni and stir to coat the pasta with the sauce. Reduce heat to low and simmer for five minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove from the heat and allow to set for a few minutes for the sauce to thicken. Serve immediately. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley or toasted pine nuts if desired.

Notes

Optional: Serve with grilled chicken or shrimp on top.

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Stacy January 13, 2013 at 5:02 am

When my daughters are home from university, pasta with Alfredo sauce is always the elder one’s first choice of meal. In fact, it is often her birthday dinner choice as well. I can’t wait to try it next time with goats’ cheese, which we all adore. And I am with you, when it comes to cheese, more is always better!

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Renee January 14, 2013 at 2:31 pm

This dish was so good I didn’t take photos of it the first time just so I would have to make it again.

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Anita at Hungry Couple January 13, 2013 at 5:28 am

This dish sounds heavenly. I’ve rarely met a cheese I didn’t like but goat cheese is near the top of my favorites!

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Renee January 14, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Cheese lovers unite!

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Pam @ The Meltaways January 13, 2013 at 7:07 am

beautiful dish, beautiful pics, beautiful post. I’m so glad I met you through the group!

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Renee January 14, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Thank you so much Pam. Such kind words. And I am very glad I met you via Sunday Supper.

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Laura | Small Wallet, Big Appetite January 13, 2013 at 7:32 am

I not only love this recipe for the flavours but it looks like such a easy week day meal.

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Renee January 14, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Oh yes. The longest time it takes is waiting for the water to boil and the pasta to cook.

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Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb January 13, 2013 at 8:48 am

Wow Goat Cheese Rigatoni Alfredo sounds exotic. I have to admit I don’t remember when I have tasted last goat cheese, its so unusual where I live right now and where I lived before. It’s an exciting choice and sounds so easy to recreate in the kitchen. Plus it sounds elegant but yet so casual and it looks mouthwatering!

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Renee January 14, 2013 at 2:35 pm

I had no idea goat cheese would not be available in different parts of the world. I always thought there were goats everywhere. I suppose it depends on the culture and the foods of the country. Hopefully you can get some before long and make this recipe.

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Tara January 13, 2013 at 8:58 am

I looooooove goat cheese but never had it like this before, heavenly!!

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Renee January 14, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Oh yes! Heavenly is right. I ate it until I was stuffed.

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers January 13, 2013 at 9:23 am

I love that it’s goat cheese! I am sooooooo loving this recipe!!

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Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts January 13, 2013 at 9:28 am

My husband loves goat cheese, he would be a huge fan of this pasta!

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Renee January 14, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Because my husband loves goat cheese is one of the main reasons I made this dish. I could tell by his response that I will be making it again and again.

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Katy January 13, 2013 at 9:37 am

I couldn’t agree with you more about cheese – and this is such a pretty dish!

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Renee January 14, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Thanks Katy!

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Family Foodie January 13, 2013 at 9:38 am

Thank you , thank you, thank you! #SundaySupper would not be #SundaySupper without you! You made this dish look better than I ever could! I just wish we were enjoying it together with a lovely glass of WHITE wine!

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Renee January 14, 2013 at 2:39 pm

I’m looking forward to the next time we meet in person and hopefully it will be somewhere there is a kitchen so we can cook, eat, and drink together. What fun it will be! And I’m so very much looking forward to all of what will come with Sunday Supper this year.

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Dorothy at ShockinglyDelicious January 13, 2013 at 9:54 am

Love the idea of goat cheese in this really pretty dish! So happy to have met you through the group, and I look forward to 2013!

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Martin D. Redmond January 13, 2013 at 10:20 am

I must try this. And it’d be fantastic with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc!

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Renee January 14, 2013 at 2:40 pm

How did you know Martin? That is a glass of Sauvignon Blanc in the photo. It was fantastic with the dish.

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kelly @ kellybakes January 13, 2013 at 10:25 am

“All I did was use an entire 10 ounce log of goat cheese because more cheese works for me.”

More cheese works for me too. I can’t think of many dishes that aren’t improved with more cheese! I’m so glad to have ‘met’ you through Sunday Supper, even though I was a little late to the table!

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Renee January 14, 2013 at 2:41 pm

I’m glad you made it to the big Sunday Supper virtual table. No one is late and everyone is welcome.

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Soni January 13, 2013 at 10:33 am

Wow, Rigatoni with Goat’s Cheese sound so so good and I’m already drooling at your pics :) Have to try this soon!Its been great cooking alongside you Renee :)

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Renee January 14, 2013 at 2:41 pm

And I’ve enjoyed cooking alongside you too. I very much enjoy your recipes and posts.

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Angie @ Big Bear's Wife January 13, 2013 at 10:35 am

Please, please pass all of that to me please!!!! That looks so good!

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Renee January 14, 2013 at 2:42 pm

I would but we ate it – sorry! I’ll be sure to invite you over the next time I’m making it.

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Paula @ Vintage Kitchen January 13, 2013 at 10:41 am

I have this recipe in my bucket list. I´m crazy in love with goat cheese and eat pasta all the time. Really, I have no idea why I didn´t make it yet… It looks fantastic Renee! But then your food always does. Happy Sunday!

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Renee January 14, 2013 at 2:42 pm

Thank you Paula, you are so sweet.

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Heather @girlichef January 13, 2013 at 10:49 am

I know I would love this, too…I love the tang of goat cheese!

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Renee January 14, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Goat cheese does have that wonderful tang. It is so good with the cream and then all over the pasta.

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Susan January 13, 2013 at 10:51 am

If it has goat cheese, I will love it! I need to give this a try asap!

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Renee January 14, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Time to go get some goat cheese then…

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Karen Hartzell (@InTheKitchenKP) January 13, 2013 at 10:51 am

I love alfredo sauce! This looks amazing as usual, Renee! Happy Sunday!

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Renee January 14, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Thanks Karen! And have a happy week too.

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Amanda @ MarocMama January 13, 2013 at 11:04 am

Pasta AND goat cheese – you can’t go wrong there.

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Renee January 14, 2013 at 2:45 pm

I totally agree!

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Liz January 13, 2013 at 11:30 am

This looks like a dish the whole family would adore! Now I have to check out the first #SS post! Congrats on being part of it from the beginning AND inspiring my post today!

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Renee January 14, 2013 at 2:46 pm

No, thank you Liz for your incredibly kind words. It has been a pleasure getting to know you this past year.

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Beate January 13, 2013 at 11:51 am

This looks delicious! Renee, I am so honored to be part of #SundaySupper and have met all of you. It has been so enriching and wonderful to make so many new friends. Thank you! ~ Bea

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Renee January 14, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Danke Bea! I’m so glad you joined in Sunday Supper and I so enjoy your posts and reading about you and your beautiful family.

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Terry B Gardner (@tbgdesign) January 13, 2013 at 12:35 pm

lovely…and looks delish

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Renee January 14, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Thanks Terry!

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Shannon @VillageGirlBlog January 13, 2013 at 12:37 pm

Oh My Goodness does this look good!! I love Goat Cheese. What a great way to use it. Yum!

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Renee January 14, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Exactly what I thought when I saw Isabel’s recipe. So good.

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Jen @ Juanita's Cocina January 13, 2013 at 12:51 pm

I made this before and we loved it! It was even good leftover!

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Renee January 14, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Me too! I added a bit more half-and-half when heating it up since the pasta had soaked up some of the sauce.

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Chris Baccus January 13, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Yum. I have a local goat farm that produces the most amazing goat cheese and am always looking for new uses for it. I’ll definitely be making this one soon. Thanks.

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Renee January 14, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Oh how lucky to be able to get fresh local goat cheese. I am so envious!

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Lyn @LovelyPantry January 13, 2013 at 2:38 pm

This looks wonderful! I love a good alfredo. I have yet to try goat cheese but I’m sure it will happen very soon!

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Renee January 14, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Oh Lyn, you must try goat cheese. I know you will love it!

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Conni Smith January 13, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Oh, you had me at goat cheese! And then you threw in the word “Alfredo”! HEAVEN!!!! I need to try this!

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Renee January 14, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Thanks Conni!

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Cindys Recipes January 13, 2013 at 3:29 pm

both ways sound great, Renee!

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Renee January 14, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Thank you Cindy!

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Lane @ Supper for a Steal January 13, 2013 at 4:06 pm

My mom made this recently and said it was fantastic. I can’t wait to give it a shot!

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Renee January 14, 2013 at 2:51 pm

I hope you make it soon. I can tell we have the same tastes and I am sure you will love it.

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The Ninja Baker January 13, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Tee hee. I’ve never met a cheese I didn’t like either, Renee. And goat cheese is such a great pick for friends and family who are a bit lactose intolerant. Thank you for sharing this great recipe!

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Renee January 14, 2013 at 2:52 pm

I didn’t know goat cheese was good for those who are lactose intolerant. Good to know.

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sunithi January 13, 2013 at 4:11 pm

love goat cheese and this dish looks awesome ! Remember being a part of the first #SS with you & its been a great ride :)

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Renee January 14, 2013 at 2:53 pm

It has been such a fun and great ride this past year. It is only going to get better too!

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Beth January 13, 2013 at 9:32 pm

Congratulations on your one-year anniversary! Your alfredo looks amazing – great idea to use goat cheese.

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Renee January 14, 2013 at 2:53 pm

Thank you Beth

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Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom January 14, 2013 at 1:57 am

I’m with you, Renee! I have not met a cheese that I didn’t like!!! Love this rigatoni, yum!!!

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Renee January 14, 2013 at 2:53 pm

I have a serious weakness for cheese. I love it all.

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Kayle (The Cooking Actress) January 14, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Mmmm I adore goat cheese! This looks like the best alfredo evahhh

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Renee January 14, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Thank you very much Kayle!

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Amy Kim (@kimchi_mom) January 14, 2013 at 12:17 pm

I love cheese as well! There are so many great recipes this week! This is definitely one I’d like to make soon!

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Renee January 14, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Yes, lots of great recipes this week. And the best part is they are doubly approved by Sunday Supper bloggers. You know they have to be good.

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Sarah January 14, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Wish the stepfamily liked goat cheese! If it was just me and mom we’d demolish the pot!

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Renee January 14, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Don’t tell them and maybe they would not figure it out. Or make some for you and your mom so you can enjoy it.

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Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen (@BobbisKozyKtchn) January 15, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Oh yum!! I have mentioned goat cheese and Kevin looks at me like I have lost my mind. I may just have to sneak it in on him!!!

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Renee January 15, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Oh yes! He’ll love it and then you can tell him what he is eating.

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Jennie @themessybakerblog January 15, 2013 at 7:40 pm

This pasta looks scrumptious! So glad we connected through #SS; you’re such a sweetie. Cheers to another year!

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Renee January 17, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Thanks Jennie! Yes, cheers! to a fabulous year ahead. So glad I connected with you.

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Nancy @ gottagetbaked January 15, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Renee, I could eat anything and everything that you make because you are a goddess in the kitchen. I love that you made a recipe from Isabel, especially since it’s one of my all time favourite meals – pasta in alfredo sauce, yummmm… I agree with you – the more cheese the better! Funnily enough, I’ve never made alfredo sauce at home. It’s time to change that in 2013!

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Renee January 17, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Nancy – you are so sweet! Thank you very much.

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Faye Leong January 18, 2013 at 1:22 am

Oh Renee, this is wonderful! I love cheese too and I am not going to miss this out. Your picture looks stunning!

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Renee January 19, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Thank you Faye!

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Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips January 18, 2013 at 7:21 am

I adore goat cheese. This looks perfect! Thanks for all of your support, Renee!

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Renee January 19, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Thanks Brianne

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Sarah January 18, 2013 at 8:37 am

why yes Renee. I would love a big ol bowl of some that beautiful rigatoni. You are too kind. I bet the goat cheese made it extra special. It’s just gorgeous!

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Renee January 19, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Thank you Sarah. Yes, the goat cheese really made the alfredo something really special. Nice to have a twist to things occasionally.

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Coleen February 13, 2013 at 6:27 pm

I made this tonight, and my sauce turned out very thin, even though I didn’t alter your recipe at all. It didn’t coat the pasta at all. Was flour supposed to be added at the beginning, before adding the garlic? Most sauces start with a roux.

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Renee February 13, 2013 at 10:17 pm

The sauce is thin to begin with. It does thicken after it sets for a few minutes and so it does not need flour. Thanks for bringing it to my attention and I will add the information to the recipe.

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