~ Creamy Blue Cheese and Mushroom Pasta ~
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Looking for a satisfying, quick dinner that’s perfect for meatless Monday? Look no further than this Creamy Blue Cheese and Mushroom Pasta. A touch of heavy cream is combined with delicious blue cheese and sautéed mushrooms and then tossed with pasta for a hearty dinner.
When I received this cheese, I was beyond excited. Yes, cheese excites me. I could not wait to dig into it. It was sitting in my fridge for a couple of days and I could not wait any longer. Torture. Torture, I tells ya. Every time I opened the door, it was just starring at me saying ‘Eat me, Dawn. Come on, you know you want me.’ So, being a nice person, who am I to say ‘no’ to cheese? So, I gave in. Yeap. Twist my arm. I took this baby out of the fridge and cut into it. OMG. The heavens opened. Angels started to sing. Being a bit dramatic, but all true (in ma head). Anywho, I cut into the wax surrounding the cheese that was protecting it like a suit of armour. I immediately swiped my finger over the knife and took at taste. I swear, I got goose bumps. It was creamy, a bit salty and honestly not too overpowering. Sooooo good!! Then I did a silly thing #StoryOfMyLife—>
Hubby was outside cleaning the winter tires before storing them away, blasting them with the pressure washer. I ran out of the house wearing yoga pants, hair in my Saturday mess, slippers on (no shoes) with knife in hand (neighbours must have thought I was crazy if they saw me) and gave him a taste. Side note—> DO NOT sneak behind someone when they can’t hear you with knife in hand. Just sayin’. NOT, I repeat, NOT, a good idea.
So, with that behind us, onto this delicious recipe now, shall we? When I was recently asked what my favourite cheese is, I could not (and still can’t) give just one single answer. I mean, how could I? It’s basically impossible. But, one thing is for sure – blue cheese is at the tippity top of the list. Oh blue cheese, how I love thee. I love your funk, your texture and look. Blue cheese, you got it goin’ on.
For this recipe, I used Dragon’s Breath Blue Cheese. It’s an award winning soft blue cheese created in 2002 by That Dutchman’s Cheese Farm, a family owned artisan fromagerie located on the shore of the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia. When you cut through the wax surrounding this cheese, you are presented with a strong (yet delicious) aroma and all you’re going to want to do is dig in. Depending on how long its aged, it’s texture can range from soft and creamy to hard and buttery. All I know is that this cheese is fantastic! I was so impressed at the quality and taste of this blue cheese and now it’s my new favourite blue. Dragon’s Breath has many applications, ranging from desserts to cheese boards to pastas (like this dish)….or eating straight up (which is a personal preference of mine).
Dragon’s Breath pairs lovely with port but, not being the biggest fan of port, I opted to pair this Creamy Blue Cheese and Mushroom Pasta with a hefty, rich cabernet sauvignon.
The fact that this cheese is so creamy dreamy, it is perfect for this recipe. This Creamy Blue Cheese and Mushroom Pasta can be prepped and made in under 30 minutes. So, not only is this recipe perfect for Meatless Monday, it’s also an easy, super satisfying recipe for busy weeknights and I’m all about that.
To prepare this recipe, you just sauté some shallot (or onion) with garlic, add mushrooms, cream and cheese and toss with the cooked pasta. I love serving this with some grilled bread brushed with olive oil and garlic. Always a winner!
If you are looking for another super yummy way to use this cheese I was introduced to a blue cheese stuffed olive martini from my good friend, Karrie, from Tasty Ever After. Just stuff the olives with blue cheese and garnish your favourite James Bond style martini. Just right for cocktails on the weekend!
I hope you love this Creamy Blue Cheese and Mushroom Pasta made with yummy Canadian cheese!
Until next time, take care and chit chat again soon.
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