Broccoli, walnut and blue cheese pasta

Broccoli, walnut and blue cheese pasta

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Prep: 3 mins Cook: 12 mins


Serves 2
Add colour, crunch, and a dollop of cheesy indulgence to a straightforward pasta dish

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian


  • kcal758
  • fat38g
  • saturates12g
  • carbs80g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre7g
  • protein28g
  • salt0.82g
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  • 200g penne pasta
  • 250g broccoli florets



    Like cabbage and cauliflower, broccoli is a brassica and is sometimes known by its Italian name…

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • handful chopped walnuts



    Walnuts are one of the most popular and versatile of all nuts. When picked young, they're…

  • 100g blue cheese, such as dolcelatte, cubed
  • 1 lemon, juice



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…


  1. Cook penne; 4 mins before the end of cooking, throw in broccoli florets. Meanwhile, heat olive oil, add a handful chopped walnuts and fry gently for 1 min.

  2. Drain the pasta, adding 4 tbsp cooking water to the walnuts. Return the pasta to the pan, add the walnuts and creamy blue cheese. Gently stir on the heat, just to melt the cheese. Squeeze over lemon juice to serve.

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Comments (16)

bonitarosa's picture

Just okay. Won't be adding to my saved recipes but did make a change.

clairesp10's picture

I'd ignore the rather over-the-top negative comments below - if you like blue cheese, broccoli and walnuts, try it. We do and we love it - a very, very quick and easy supper. My daughter's not keen on blue cheese so she has hers with cheddar and I like to add some peas to the pot and finish with some chopped avocado on the top. Simple and tasty!

stia_616's picture

Good cheese smells bad! ;)

Veggie50's picture

I have made this recipe several times and love it - it has been enjoyed by my family, veggies and non-veggies alike :)

Louise071295's picture

I did this recipe at college, it SMELT like sick, it LOOKED like sick, BUT DID NOT taste like sick. Also when it cools it goes a greyish colur - uurghh.
I WOULD NOT recommend this recipe, to anyone with a bit between their ears!!
I totally agree with Suzyanna.

Rachel1195's picture

it tasted vile too!!!!!!! Oh well - put it down to experience...!!!

Rachel1195's picture

Blue cheese creates the most revolting smell imaginable when heated! It nearly caused the kitchen to be evacuated due to health fears. I have never felt sick due to the smell cooking yet - but there is always a first time and today was it. I felt queasy for about 20 minutes after it had finished cooking. Unless you have a gas mask handy I would strongly advise against making this dish. Of course you're welcome to try it if you want but don't say you haven't been warned...

helpfulhints's picture

Me agree too :) ;)

Louise071295's picture

Totally agree!

joannewall's picture

Surprisingly tasty. Nice mix of creaminess, crunch and zing. Lovely.

babsfazekas's picture

This is phenomenal. It has never occurred to me that a block of blue cheese would melt down into such a lovely sauce, and lemon is the perfect way to lighten in up. I wasn't sure if it was worth dirtying another pan to toast the walnuts, but I'm really glad I did. I can't wait to make this for vegetarian friends.

venessa's picture

Great recipe! I adapted it slightly by cutting some Cumberland Chipolatas into the mix.

wiggle's picture

I amended this by deglazing the walnut pan with some white wine, simmering for 2-3 minutes, then stirring in 2 tbsp creme fraiche and the blue cheese to make a more sauce-y sauce. It was a bit runny so I'd maybe add not too much wine but tasted good.

eleanormayo's picture

Very tasty, quick and easy supper. I used wholewheat pasta as I thought the 'nutty' taste and texture of the pasta would compliment the walnuts.

trees0604's picture

Used hard blue cheese rather than soft and added parmesan cheese - I thought it was lovely!

stephjeff's picture

We didnt really enjoy this dish.......

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HAs anyone made this and liked it?

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