12.19.2008

Dinner # 7 of the 12 Dinners of Christmas -- Blue Cheese and Mushroom Pappardella


Sometimes my refrigerator gets no love. This week it has been pretty empty. I grocery shopped for 3 of my clients on 3 different days, but I somehow forgot to shop for my family while I was there.

Dinner #7 of the 12 Dinners of Christmas was conceived with what I found in my refrigerator and pantry. Some pappardella pasta, blue cheese, white mushrooms, half and half, and a bunch of parsley were the most attractive items I found. Blue Cheese and Mushroom Pappardella was a hearty vegetarian dinner that cooks up quick and can be prepared as the pasta cooks. This dish would also make a nice accompaniment to beef tenderloin and a glass of champagne on New Year's Eve.

The Kids had pappardella with fresh marinara which left more Blue Cheese and Mushroom Pappardella for me. They thought I was serving them something new because of the different pasta shape. Oh the little things that make them happy.

Blue Cheese and Mushroom Pappardella

serves 3 - 4 as an entree or 5 - 6 as a side dish

olive oil
10 ounces of mushrooms, sliced
salt
pepper
1/2 - 3/4 cup half and half
1/4 cup blue cheese, crumbled - plus more to sprinkle
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
8 ounces pappardella, cooked and drained

Heat a large saute pan to medium high and add a good drizzle of olive oil and the sliced mushrooms. Saute for 8 - 10 minutes or until the mushrooms start to lightly brown and caramelize. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in half and half and let reduce for a minute or two. Add more cream if you like your sauce a little saucy. Add blue cheese and stir to combine. Stir in parsley.

Serve over hot pappardella with extra blue cheese on top.

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15 comments:

kat said...

Blue Cheese! Yum!

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

This looks completely amazing. I think I'm going to make it tomorrow night, except I'll probably sub in parmesan, as I don't think I have blue cheese right now.

Annie said...

Anything with blue cheese and mushrooms sounds good to me!

Have a happy holiday!

Robin Sue said...

This looks so beautiful and very rich! Oh how I wished my hubby would eat mushrooms. I'll have to make it for just me!

Chef E said...

You had me a blue cheese...and of course pasta, YUM!

Robin Sue said...

Merry Christmas Amy! Hope it is full of fun and good food!

Lisa magicsprinkles said...

Wishing you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas!

biz319 said...

Love blue cheese, but I don't like mushrooms - rats!

Kevin said...

That looks great! Blue cheese and mushrooms is a great flavour combo!

That Girl said...

The blue cheese sends this over the edge!

Bridgett said...

My husband would go crazy for this with the blue cheese!

Sara said...

This sounds like a great meal for a weeknight!

Natashya said...

#1 - I love fresh pasta
#2 - I love mushrooms
#3 - I love blue cheese
This is a great dish! All I would need is a nice Pinot Grigio to go with it...

ttfn300 said...

ooh, this sounds fantastic as well...

Ingrid said...

This looks and sounds great! I've been scrolling through & reading some of your olders posts & had to leave a comment. LOVE all the ingredients in this dish!!! I'm printing this one out as I know my children will also enjoy it. THX!
~ingrid