Penne Pasta with Blue Cheese and Walnuts Recipe

Ingredients
  • 8 ounces penne pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus extra for the pasta
  • 12 ounces crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
Directions
Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain and toss with a little olive oil to keep it from sticking together, and cover to keep warm. Heat the 2 Tbsp. olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat and add the cheese. Stir constantly until the cheese is melted. Pour the melted cheese over the pasta, sprinkle with the walnuts and basil, and toss well. Serve immediately.

This is a rich-tasting but fairly light pasta dish, because it lets the cheese make its own sauce. With any interesting sauce, we like to use the tube pasta, such as penne or ziti, which lets the sauce get inside. A ridged pasta such as rigatoni holds sauce well but might be too big and chewy for this subtle sauce. In a pinch, any pasta will do. For the blue cheese, your best choices are Danish blue, Maytag blue, Roquefort, or Gorgonzola. If you use either of the latter two, make sure they're young and firm, since they get stronger as they age, and heating makes flavors stronger still; you don't want this dish to be overwhelmingly pungent. To make this pasta go further, or if you're feeding an especially hungry crowd, you can sauté some spinach and/or chicken in a little garlicky oil and toss it in at the end.

Similar Recipes
Pasta with Broccoli and Blue Cheese
blue cheese
coarsely chopped walnuts
cream
finely chopped marjoram
fresh broccoli
Blue Cheese and Bacon Pasta Salad
bacon
blue cheese
celery
chopped fresh herbs
dried pasta
Blue Cheese Soup with Potatoes and Walnuts
blue cheese
butter
celery
chicken
garlic

Penne Pasta with Blue Cheese and Walnuts Recipe Reviews

There currently aren't any reviews or comments for this recipe. Be the first!
E-mail: 
Advertisement
Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is strictly prohibited.
© Copyright 2014 Tecstra Systems, All Rights Reserved, RecipeTips.com