Blue Cheese Spaghetti with Walnuts

    22 minutes

    Freshly cooked spaghetti is tossed with cream and blue cheese. It is then topped with walnut pieces after they have been toasted until golden brown.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 2/3 cup walnut pieces
    • 300g spaghetti
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 100g blue cheese
    • 2 tablespoons cream

    Preparation:5min  ›  Cook:17min  ›  Ready in:22min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Spread the walnuts on a baking tray and bake for 5 minutes until lightly browned. Remove them from the oven and leave to cool, then crush coarsely.
    2. Cook the pasta in a large saucepan of lightly salted boiling water for 10–12 minutes, or according to the packet instructions, until al dente.
    3. Meanwhile, crumble the cheese into a saucepan. Add the cream, mix well, and heat gently for 2–3 minutes, stirring constantly, without letting it boil.
    4. Drain the pasta, setting aside 1 1/2 tablespoons of the cooking water. Tip the pasta into a heated serving dish. Add the reserved cooking water to the blue cheese mixture. Scoop this sauce over the pasta and stir until incorporated. Add the nuts, grind over some pepper and serve at once.

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    This is a great pasta dish that, IMHO, doesn't need the cream. With the blue cheese, the cooking water, the walnuts and a good half-bunch of chopped rocket stirred tastes amazing!  -  18 Aug 2009