This easy blue cheese pasta recipe is a great way to use up leftover blue cheese and it is a super comforting pasta dish. A creamy, rich and delicious way to warm up, you need just a few ingredients to bring together a hearty pasta with blue cheese in just 15 minutes.
You can make an incredible blue cheese pasta sauce in minutes with a little cream, pasta water, Stilton and a few extra flavour boosters like shallots and ham (another way to use leftovers). This is our go-to leftovers recipe at Christmas time when we are bored of cheese boards and sandwiches. Blue cheese is so creamy and has a really strong flavour, that it makes a delicious pasta sauce.
Why you will love it
- Quick and easy - This is such a simple pasta dish and ready in just 15 minutes. You can make it even quicker by using fresh pasta.
- Uses leftovers - We used leftover ham and Stilton cheese in this, so it's definitely a leftover win.
- Adaptable - Feel free to adjust the amount of blue cheese used too, depending on how strong you like the flavour.
Ingredients and substitutions
- Pasta - You can use any pasta you like for this recipe, but we used penne. We prefer to use a chunky pasta shape rather than something like macaroni or spaghetti. So something else like rigatoni or fusilli will work and the sauce really clings to it and gets inside the shapes too.
- Butter - This is what the garlic and shallots is softened in. We used unsalted.
- Shallots - This adds a lovely sweetness to the blue cheese pasta sauce. You could swap it for a small brown onion if you prefer.
- Garlic - Freshly crushed is always best. However if you want to save some time, then you can use some garlic puree instead.
- Ham - This adds a lot of extra flavour, and is also a great way to use some more leftovers. You could use leftovers from our Slow Cooker Gammon recipe. You could also leave it out if you prefer.
- Blue cheese - This is the star flavour. We used Stilton as it has a really strong flavour, but you could use Gorgonzola if you wanted something a bit more mild.
- Cream - This adds a lovely richness and creates the pasta sauce. If you wanted to lighten it up a little, you could use reduced fat creme fraiche instead.
- Pasta water - This help to loosen up the blue cheese pasta sauce. This is our "secret" ingredient in every pasta dish and something that every Italian uses in their cooking. Adding a little bit of the starchy pasta water makes the sauce really silky smooth and cling to the pasta. It also loosens the sauce up a little, helping it go further.
- Salt and pepper - Generously season.
- Pine nuts - We put these on top to add some crunchy texture. You could swap these for walnuts which always go well with blue cheese.
A full ingredients list with measurements is in the recipe card below.
How to make blue cheese pasta - Step by step
One: Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions.
Two: Melt the butter in a large pan and add the shallots and garlic. Cook until softened, about 4 minutes.
Three: Add the cream and ham and simmer for 2 minutes.
Four: Drain the pasta, reserving a small amount of the water. Add the pasta, blue cheese, salt, pepper and the reserved pasta water. Mix well.
Five: Serve immediately. Top with more blue cheese and the pine nuts.
What to serve with Blue Cheese Pasta
Everyone know that garlic bread and pasta are a match made in heaven. Carby heaven! Either buy some ready made, or make your own easy garlic bread by cutting up some French stick and spreading it with a mix of butter, crushed garlic and dried herbs. Then pop it in the oven for 10 minutes. Why not try our Cheesy Garlic Bread recipe?
You could also keep it simple with a big green salad. The key to an epic green salad is to use a variety of greens, like romaine, spinach, kale and rocket. You want leafy greens, but crunch too. Then you need the perfect dressing. Why not try our Lemon Vinaigrette, Honey and Mustard Dressing or Tomato and Basil Vinaigrette. You could also try our Grilled Little Gem Salad.
Vegetables - The great thing about pasta dishes is that they are an easy way to eat more vegetables as pretty much anything goes. You could add some spinach to this or peas for a green boost. If you wanted something with more of a meaty texture, then mushrooms work well.
Meat - We added ham, as it's also a good way to use up leftover meat at Christmas time. You could add chicken or turkey too. If you wanted something really indulgent, then make some Air Fryer Steak to add on top of this blue cheese pasta.
Store: If you have leftovers, then you can store it in an air tight container in the fridge until the next day.
Freeze: We wouldn't recommend freezing this blue cheese pasta because it has a strange texture once defrosted.
Reheat: You can reheat this in a frying pan on a low heat. Add a splash of full fat milk to the pan to loosen it up.
Frequently Asked Questions
Because it's an easy way to make the sauce really silky smooth, with no extra effort.
If you use gluten free pasta and make sure there is no cross contamination, then this can be a gluten free dish.
Note that not all blue cheese is vegetarian. So make sure you check the one you are using.
• For something a little different, you could serve this blue cheese sauce on gnocchi instead.
• To make this blue cheese pasta even quicker, use some fresh tagliatelle which is ready in a few minutes.
• Don't forget to reserve some of the pasta water. You really don't want to skip this step, as it makes the sauce so silky. Take it out a minute before the pasta is cooked.
• If you like your food spicy, then add a sprinkle of red chilli flakes on top before serving.
• Add a splash of olive oil to the pan before serving for an extra boost of flavour.
More pasta recipes
Blue Cheese Pasta
- 140 g Penne pasta
- 2 tablespoon Butter
- 4 Shallots - diced
- 2 Garlic cloves - crushed
- 100 ml Single cream
- 50 g Ham - chopped
- 50 g Blue cheese - crumbled
- 50 ml Pasta water
- 2 pinch Sea salt and black pepper
- 40 g Pine nuts
- Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions.140 g Penne pasta
- Melt the butter in a large pan and add the shallots and garlic. Cook until softened, about 4 minutes.2 tablespoon Butter, 4 Shallots, 2 Garlic cloves
- Add the cream and ham and simmer for 2 minutes.100 ml Single cream, 50 g Ham
- Drain the pasta, reserving a small amount of the water. Add the pasta, blue cheese, salt, pepper and the reserved pasta water. Mix well.50 ml Pasta water, 2 pinch Sea salt and black pepper, 50 g Blue cheese
- Serve immediately. Top with more blue cheese and the pine nuts.40 g Pine nuts
- For something a little different, you could serve this blue cheese sauce on gnocchi instead.
- To make this blue cheese pasta even quicker, use some fresh tagliatelle which is ready in a few minutes.
- Don't forget to reserve some of the pasta water. You really don't want to skip this step, as it makes the sauce so silky. Take it out a minute before the pasta is cooked.
- If you like your food spicy, then add a sprinkle of red chilli flakes on top before serving.
- Add a splash of olive oil to the pan before serving for an extra boost of flavour.