BLT Pasta with Blue Cheese-Buttermilk Dressing

BLT Pasta with Blue Cheese-Buttermilk Dressing
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BLT Pasta with Blue Cheese-Buttermilk Dressing
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BLT Pasta with Blue Cheese-Buttermilk Dressing

If you love BLT sandwiches, then you'll really love this pasta version. To make this truly unique, we created a blue cheese-buttermilk dressing that you can modify to your tastes depending on the type of blue cheese you pick — fruity, creamy, spicy, or salty.

8
Servings
130
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1/3 Pound penne rigate
  • 4 Ounces blue cheese, crumbled, at room temperature
  • 1/4 Cup low-fat sour cream
  • 1/4 Cup buttermilk
  • 2 Tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons finely chopped chives, plus more for garnish
  • 2 Cups romaine lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 1/2 Cup diced plum tomato
  • 1/2 Cup sliced radishes
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
  • 4 slices fresh mozzarella, halved

Directions

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Cook the penne according to the package directions. Drain, rinse under cold water, and place in a large bowl. Set aside.

Place the blue cheese, sour cream, buttermilk, and vinegar in a bowl. Use a fork to break up the blue cheese and combine the ingredients to make the dressing. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Place the penne, romaine lettuce, tomato, radishes, and bacon in a large bowl. Stir in the dressing. Top each serving with a half slice of mozzarella.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
5g
7%
Sugar
4g
4%
Saturated Fat
3g
13%
Cholesterol
9mg
3%
Carbohydrate, by difference
18g
14%
Protein
5g
11%
Vitamin A, RAE
246µg
35%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
10mg
13%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
52µg
58%
Calcium, Ca
86mg
9%
Choline, total
7mg
2%
Fiber, total dietary
3g
12%
Folate, total
89µg
22%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
26mg
8%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
114mg
16%
Selenium, Se
4µg
7%
Sodium, Na
250mg
17%
Water
121g
4%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Pasta Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Pasta Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients.Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.

Pasta Wine Pairing

Sweet chenin blanc, muscat, or amontillado sherry with nut-based desserts; sauternes or sweet German wines with pound cake, cheesecake, and other mildly sweet desserts; sweet chenin blanc or muscat or Alsatian vendange tardive (late harvest) wines with sweeter desserts; sweet chenin blanc or muscat or Alsatian vendange tardive (late harvest) wines, port, madeira, late-harvest zinfandel, or cabernet sauvignon or cabernet franc with chocolate desserts.