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Mostaccioli Pasta with Blue Cheese and Bacon

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Mostaccioli Pasta with Blue Cheese

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 dish is especially good when the blue cheese is warm but not all the way melted and it makes a delicious light meal any day of the week.

This pasta dish is delicious by itself but it’s on the light side so for a heartier meal, just add a salad and a piece of garlic bread or two pieces of garlic bread.  Why not while you’re at it.

Let’s check out the ingredients.

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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.

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Chop the parsley, and

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the green onion.  Set aside.

For the Pasta:

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In a medium size pot add water and salt.  Bring to a boil.

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

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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:

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

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Add the butter,

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bacon,

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granulated garlic,

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salt and pepper, and

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olive oil.

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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.

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While the pasta is warm add the blue cheese, and

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the parsley.

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Stir all ingredients together and serve while warm.

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Garnish with chopped green onions and additional blue cheese.

Mostaccioli Pasta with Blue Cheese

Then dig in.

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Mostaccioli Pasta with Blue Cheese and Bacon

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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:

  1. 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. 

  2. 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. 
  3. While the pasta is warm add the blue cheese, and the parsley.  Serve while warm.

  4. Garnish with the green onions and additional blue cheese. 

Recipe 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!