A Cure for the Blues Pasta

By luvcookbooks
March 18, 2015
9 Comments


Author Notes: This recipe came from The Savory Way by Deborah Madison and by now is as comfortable as an old shoe. The clever trick is floating a stainless steel
bowl in the pasta cooking water and melting the cheese in the bowl. It somehow makes the whole process seem easier because the whole dish is made on one burner! Infinitely malleable, amazingly simple, the ingredients can be substituted to use different cheeses, fats, herbs and even vegetables (I have stirred in a package of frozen peas, cooked). Good for when I had a toddler and infant and needed a fast supper and good for when I come home from work and feel too tired to cook.
luvcookbooks

Food52 Review: Oh hello, favorite new weeknight six-ingredient pasta dinner. Thinned with a bit of pasta water, that melted cheese becomes a not only sufficient but delicious sauce, all on its own! And when you mix in buttery walnuts and a handful of parsley and you've got a complete dinner. We'd like to try this with Brie, too.

Tip: If your pot threatens to overflow, turn down the heat.
The Editors

Serves: 4 to 6

Ingredients

  • Salt
  • 1 pound pasta that the sauce will cling to; I use farfalle and orechiette
  • 8 ounces Gorgonzola or other soft cheese, like Brie
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 handful coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 1 handful parsley, only the soft leaves, chopped
  • 6 chives, chopped

Directions

  1. In a big pot, bring salted water to a boil. Once boiling, add the pasta. Float a stainless steel bowl in the water and melt the cheese in the stainless steel bowl while the water heats and the pasta cooks. [Editors' note: If your water overflows, turn down the heat.]
  2. Meanwhile, in a small sauté pan, melt the butter and sauté the walnuts briefly with a pinch of salt, until they start to smell toasty.
  3. Drain the pasta, reserving some of the pasta water. Thin the melted cheese a little with the pasta water. Three tablespoons is probably enough. It will be like a thin cream soup. Mix the pasta with the melted cheese, then add herbs and walnuts and lots of black pepper.
  4. I like to serve grated Parmesan on the side and have a glass of wine. Enjoy!

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Reviews (9) Questions (0)

9 Comments

Annaperenna July 14, 2018
Love this recipe! I was a little skeptical about the blue cheese, but I had it, so I tried it. It was delicious! I also added a head of broccoli to the recipe and it was quite tasty.
 
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luvcookbooks July 14, 2018
Glad you enjoyed it. The other ingredients smooth out the blue cheese a bit.
 
emcsull December 5, 2017
jamie oliver makes cauliflower macaroni and cheese like this
 
DMS June 29, 2017
Great recipe! I make something very similar - perfect for busy evenings. Try adjusting the recipe in this way: after adding the pasta to the boiling (salted) water add a bunch of chopped broccoli rabe (or chard or escarole) to the pot in the last 2 minutes of the pasta cooking time. Have a can of cannellini beans already in the strainer in the sink and when you drain the pasta and greens (reserve about 1 cup pasta water to make the sauce) over the beans - everything will be at the perfect temperature and perfectly cooked to be served with grated parmesan sprinkled on top. I'd add a bit of crushed red pepper AND if you have the extra 2 minutes you can also stir in a few garlic cloves that have been finely sliced and sautéed in a few tablespoons of olive oil - buon appetite!
 
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luvcookbooks June 29, 2017
That is a nice recipe. There is a similar recipe in The Tassajara Recipe Book that cooks the broccoli and pasta together, then sauces it with mustard butter.
 
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luvcookbooks May 26, 2017
Oh, what a beautiful photo!!! Thank you!!!
 
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luvcookbooks March 23, 2015
Yes, I do add walnuts!! I pan saute them with a tiny bit of oil or butter and a smidge of salt first. Also great using ricotta (don't warm the ricotta first). This is such an all purpose recipe!!
 
LE B. March 23, 2015
p.s. an afterthought--wanted to make sure you knew that 52 declared saltandpepper and water are freebies/don't count as an ingredient!
 
LE B. March 23, 2015
Hmmmm, add walnuts to it and I am sooooo there!! thx!