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Mostaccioli Pasta with Blue Cheese and Bacon

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Mostaccioli Pasta with Blue Cheese in bowl

This quick and easy pasta dish is ready in 25 minutes and it tastes so good because it has blue cheese and bacon in it.

Plus other ingredients of course but this duo of ingredients is a match made in heaven.

The combination of flavors tastes wonderful with the Mostaccioli pasta especially when it’s cooked al-denti (firm).

Since the pasta is tubular, melted butter and blue cheese makes its way into the middle of some of the pasta which tastes amazing with each bite.

This  mostaccioli pasta dish is especially good when the blue cheese is warm but not all the way melted, and makes a delicious main or a side dish any day of the week.

It may be on the light side for a main dish, so for a heartier meal, add a salad and, or garlic bread….and dinner is served.

Here are more recipes with blue cheese you may like “Grilled Corn with Basil and Gorgonzola Blue Cheese“, “Tomato and Onion Salad with Blue Cheese” and “Sliced Ham, Apple and Blue Cheese Wrap“.

Let’s check out the ingredients.

Mostaccioli Pasta with Blue Cheese ingredients

Mostaccioli pasta (or penne pasta), crumbled blue cheese, real bacon bits or crumbled bacon, butter, olive oil, granulated garlic, fresh Italian parsley, green onions, salt and pepper

printable recipe with the measurements and instructions is located at the bottom of this post.

Here’s how to make it.

Chopped parsley on cutting board

Chop the parsley, and

Chopped green onions on cutting board with knife

the green onion.  Set aside.

For the Pasta:

Boiling water in pot

In a medium size pot add water and salt.

Bring to a boil.

Add pasta to boiling water in pot

Add the pasta and cook until it’s al dente (according to package instructions).

Cooked pasta in colander

Turn off the heat and drain the pasta.

TIP – Don’t rinse the pasta after cooking it. When pasta is rinsed, the starch is removed.

The starch on pasta helps to hold and absorb the butter and other ingredients in this dish so it’s important to keep the starch on the pasta.

For the Pasta Dish:

Add cooked pasta back to pot

Once all of the water is drained out, put the pasta back into the pan.

Add butter to pasta in pot

Add the butter,

Add bacon bits to pasta and butter in pot

bacon,

Add granulated garlic to pasta and bacon in pot

granulated garlic,

Add salt and pepper to pasta and bacon in pot

salt and pepper, and

Add olive oil to pasta and bacon in pot

olive oil.

Melt butter on pasta in pot

Heat the pan on low heat just long enough to melt the butter (about 4 minutes).

Stir all ingredients together as the butter is melting.

Add crumbled blue cheese to pasta in pot

While the pasta is warm add the blue cheese, and

Add fresh chopped parsley to pasta in pot

the parsley.

Stir blue cheese and pasta in pot

Stir all ingredients together and serve while warm.

Mostaccioli Pasta with Blue Cheese in bowl

Garnish with chopped green onions and additional blue cheese.

Mostaccioli Pasta with Blue Cheese in bowl

Then dig in.

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More Pasta Recipes You May Like:

Smoked Sausage and Vegetable One-Skillet Meal

Browned Butter and Lemon Pasta with Bacon

Chicken, Pasta and Broccoli with Cheese Sauce

Mushrooms and Marinara Pasta

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Mostaccioli Pasta with Blue Cheese

Mostaccioli Pasta with Blue Cheese and Bacon

Quick to make, even more quick to disappear.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Mostaccioli Pasta, Pasta
Servings: 2

Ingredients

For the Pasta:

  • 1 cup uncooked Mostaccioli pasta or penne pasta
  • 3 dashes Salt
  • Water for boiling pasta

For the Pasta Dish:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Cooked Mostaccioli pasta
  • 1 tablespoon (heaping) real bacon bits or crumbled bacon
  • ¼ teaspoon (heaping) granulated garlic
  • 5 dashes salt or salt to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup crumbled blue cheese for the pasta dish
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • ¼ cup chopped green onion for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese for garnish

Instructions

For the Pasta:

  • In a medium size pot add water and salt. Bring to a boil.  Add the pasta and cook until it's al dente (according to package instructions). Turn off the heat and drain the pasta.
  • Don’t rinse the pasta after cooking it. When pasta is rinsed, the starch is removed. The starch on pasta helps to hold and absorb the butter and other ingredients in this dish so it’s important to keep the starch on the pasta.

For the Pasta Dish:

  • Once all of the water is drained, put the pasta back into the pan.  To the pan, add butter, bacon, granulated garlic, salt, pepper, and olive oil. 
  • Heat the pan on low heat just long enough to melt the butter (about 4 minutes). Stir all ingredients together as the butter is melting. 
  • While the pasta is warm add the blue cheese, and the parsley.  Serve while warm.
  • Garnish with the green onions and additional blue cheese. 

Notes

TIP

  1. Don’t rinse the pasta after cooking it. When pasta is rinsed, the starch is removed. The starch on pasta helps to hold and absorb the butter and other ingredients in this dish so it’s important to keep the starch on the pasta.
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2 Comments

  1. Can you suggest a substitution for the Blue Cheese? I just really really don’t like it. I did a search and one I came across was Mexican Queso Fresco…what do you think?

    • Hi Kellie, I think the Queso Fresco cheese may taste more on the mild side. A cheese that tastes more on the strong side may be a good substitute. And a texture that’s on the soft side seems to work well along with the pasta. I think a Brie or Camenbert cheese would taste great with this dish. Do you like these? Or one of the flavored Alouette cheeses that come in a small container that are used to spread on crackers. Is this something you like? Now I think I’ll have to give some of these cheeses a try next time I make this!