This Blue Cheese Pasta is the perfect comfort food that takes less than 30 minutes to make – loaded with a simple blue cheese sauce that coats every nook and cranny of the noodles. Top with crumbled bacon and fresh arugula for a quick and easy adult mac and cheese!
- 12 oz. large shell pasta, cooked al dente
- 8 oz. bacon, crispy and crumbled
- 1 tablespoon olive oil + more for tossing pasta
- 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
- 8 oz. crumbled blue cheese + more for garnish if desired
- 1/3 cup half and half
- 1/2 cup pasta water
- 2 cups fresh arugula
- fresh chopped parsley
- Kosher salt
- fresh cracked pepper
- Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Reserve half a cup of pasta water!
- Toss pasta with olive oil, salt, and pepper and set aside.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place bacon in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake bacon for 20-25 minutes or until crispy. Let cool and crumble.
- Heat oil in a large pan over medium-low heat. Add garlic and oregano, and cook, stirring frequently for 1 minute.
- Add blue cheese, and half and half to the pan and continue to cook over medium-low heat. Stir until the blue cheese is melted and makes a creamy sauce.
- Add pasta to the sauce and toss. Add pasta water as needed until the noodles are evenly coated. Start with a couple tablespoons of pasta water and use as much as you need until the noodles are all sauced up. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Add crumbled bacon, fresh arugula, and chopped parsley, and enjoy!
You could totally use Gorgonzola in this blue cheese pasta recipe and you’ll end up with a very similar result. I’ve actually made this with Borgonzola (Brie AND Gorgonzola cheese together) before and it was delish! Borgonzola does have a rind like Brie, so the sauce won’t get quite as creamy but WOWZA, the flavors are amazing!
You can use whatever kind of noodles you have on hand. I love large shells in this recipe, but literally, any cut of pasta would work great in this dish; spaghetti, fettuccine, rotini, or penne are all great options. This blue cheese sauce will coat every nook and cranny of whatever noodle you choose!
If you forget to save the pasta water – it happens to the best of us – don’t worry! You can use broth or half and half in its place. The pasta water is nice because it’s got the starch from the pasta so it really helps the sauce evenly coat each noodle. However, ultimately you just need a liquid to thin the sauce a bit and help with the process of tossing the noodles in it. Stat with a couple tablespoons of sauce and add more as needed until the noodles are thoroughly coated in sauce.
- Category: Main Dish
- Method: Stove Top + Oven
- Cuisine: Italian/American
Keywords: blue cheese mac and cheese, adult mac and cheese, easy mac and cheese, bacon and blue cheese pasta