Monday, July 21, 2014

Blue Cheese Alfredo

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Whole wheat pasta tossed in a creamy, cheesy, blue cheese sauce studded with pistachios.


Blue Cheese Alfredo:  Whole wheat pasta tossed in a creamy, cheesy, blue cheese sauce studded with pistachios.



I had some blue cheese dip/dressing in my freezer that I finally got around to thawing.  It was in there longer than it probably should have been but it tasted fine the sour cream just got soupy, not what you want for a dip.  I didn't want to throw it away so I tried to thicken it by adding a pack of cream cheese.  That didn't work to thicken it but it sure tasted great so I decided to transform it into something different.  You could make this with regular blue cheese dip (that hasn't gone soupy) just add more white wine, or pasta water, to thin the sauce to the consistency you prefer.

Blue Cheese Alfredo:  Whole wheat pasta tossed in a creamy, cheesy, blue cheese sauce studded with pistachios.

That is when I decided to make an alfredo sauce from it.  My husband made the suggestion to add some pistachios to the sauce too.  I was very doubtful about his suggestion I thought they would get soggy and gross but he assured me it would be good (he has traveled to Italy and I haven't so I followed his suggestion).  Boy, I'm glad I did they were delicious.  They softened a bit in the sauce, but they were not soggy, and they were delicious adding some extra texture and protein to the meal.  I only used 1/4 cup of pistachios in this recipe but I would recommend more (I apologized to my husband for doubting him).

Blue Cheese Alfredo:  Whole wheat pasta tossed in a creamy, cheesy, blue cheese sauce studded with pistachios.

Blue Cheese Alfredo


Ingredients:

2 Tbsp garlic, minced
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup white wine
2 cups blue cheese dip
1 8oz pack cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup pistachios
Whole wheat pasta
basil
cracked pepper

Blue Cheese Alfredo:  Whole wheat pasta tossed in a creamy, cheesy, blue cheese sauce studded with pistachios.


In a large saute pan, saute the garlic, in the oil, until soft and fragrant.  Pour in the white wine and reduce by half.

Meanwhile, mix the blue cheese dip and the cream cheese until well blended and then add it to the garlic and wine sauce.  Add the pistachios and let simmer until the sauce thickens to desired consistency.

While the sauce is thickening cook the pasta al dente.  I used whole wheat spaghetti but you could use fettuccine of any pasta of your choice.  Add the drained pasta to the sauce and remove from the heat.  Cover and let sit for a few minutes.  Toss well before serving.

Makes 4 servings.  Garnish with fresh cracked pepper and basil.  Great with broccoli on the side.

Enjoy.

Blue Cheese Alfredo:  Whole wheat pasta tossed in a creamy, cheesy, blue cheese sauce studded with pistachios.



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12 comments:

  1. This sounds delicious - I'm always looking for new ways to cook pasta (we always use whole wheat). thanks for the recipe!

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  2. Pinned for future use. I love the pistachio idea and will have to try it soon. Thanks :)

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  3. Kim (Feed Me, Seymour)July 22, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    I love this pasta! It looks fantastic and totally different. I added it to our Yuck Stops Here pinboard! And I'll definitely be trying it soon!

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  4. Thanks Cyndi. If you (and your family) like blue cheese this is a definite must try. If y'all don't like blue cheese you should try adding pistachios to your alfredo...it's so good.

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  5. Thanks Julie, I loved the pistachios I think they would be great in any kind of alfredo sauce too. Let me know what you think if you try it.

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  6. Thanks Kim. I usually don't like alfredo sauce but I loved this one. Thank for the party.

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  7. Just pinned your awesome recipe and thanks so much for sharing it with Full Plate Thursday!
    Have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  8. Jocelyn McGafficJuly 27, 2014 at 6:22 AM

    My hubby would love this! Thanks for linking up at #MerryMonday!

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  9. Kim Daniels LewisJuly 28, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    This looks so good! Pinned. Please join us tonight at 7 pm. We would love to have you! http://loulougirls.blogspot.com
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

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  10. Thanks for the party Miz Helen.

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  11. Thanks Jocelyn. My Husband is actually the one who got me hooked on blue cheese (and he loved this alfredo).

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