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Mushroom Blue Cheese Rigatoni

Mushroom blue cheese rigatoni – an easy 30-minute one pot pasta dinner! Perfect for Sunday dinner when paired with steak, or for Meatless Monday when on its own.

Mushroom Blue Cheese Rigatoni on a white plate

It doesn’t take a lot to make me happy, except when it comes to taking photos of food for my blog. I have never struggled as much as I have the last 4 weeks.

One recipe I posted at night. I took a look at the photos the next morning and ran out to the store to remake it and photograph it again.

This one pot spicy sausage skillet? I thought it was ready to go and right before I hit publish, I decided I hated the photos.

Another trip to the grocery store; another photo session.

This mushroom blue cheese rigatoni has been photographed 3 times in 7 days. Third times a charm is the saying, right?

I was pulling at my hair and Mr. B was cheering because he got to eat another batch of this pasta dinner. This recipe probably won’t be made at H&B headquarters for a while… 

blue cheese triangle on a wood cutting board

If you have been following my blog for any length of time, you have surely seen the growth I’ve had with my photography. Taking photos for this blog brings me a lot of joy but I also struggle with it more than anything.

I have been watching online classes, reading books and how-to guides and practicing. Practicing a lot.

I have been taking more photos with my camera, and my iPhone, which I struggle with even more.

People, this blog is definitely a labor of love. And as much as I would love to practice the photos for this recipe some more, I think I got it right this time.

Mushroom Blue Cheese Rigatoni

This mushroom blue cheese rigatoni became Mr. B’s new favorite the first time I tested it. He loves mushrooms and blue cheese so it just made sense to pair them, right?

Several tests and photographs later, we decided to serve this easy pasta dish with steak.

Yeah, you read that right – the steak is on the side! This makes 4 servings so if you make one steak and split it 4 ways, it works out perfectly.

Mushroom Blue Cheese Rigatoni with a glass of red wine

I think it is perfect on its own – Meatless Monday, meet your new friend. Mr. B. on the other hand said it needs meat.

Without the steak, this is another delicious one pot pasta dish and can be made in about 30 minutes. You know I like my easy recipes.

I used 1/2 white mushrooms and 1/2 baby portabella. You can do the same or you can go all out with either one.

Also, if you change the pasta variety to anything other than rigatoni, you may need to decrease the amount of chicken stock. Rigatoni takes longer to cook so I always include a little more liquid.

two plates of Mushroom Blue Cheese Rigatoni

mushroom blue cheese rigatoni pin

Mushroom Blue Cheese Rigatoni

Mushroom Blue Cheese Rigatoni

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Mushroom blue cheese rigatoni - an easy 30-minute one pot pasta dinner! Perfect for Sunday dinner when paired with steak, or for Meatless Monday when on it's own.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cups chicken stock or broth
  • 8 ounces uncooked rigatoni
  • 5 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Combine the rigatoni, mushrooms, chicken stock and garlic in a large pan. Heat over medium-high, stirring frequently.
  2. When liquid begins to boil, reduce heat to medium. After 10 minutes, stir in the blue cheese crumbles. Cook for an additional 10 minutes or until the pasta is cooked and the liquid has reduced.
  3. Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes to allow the sauce to thicken. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish with additional blue cheese crumbles when serving.

Looking for more 30-minute dinner recipes? Try my spicy sausage skillet recipe.

One Pot Spicy Sausage Skillet #dinner #pasta honeyandbirch.com

or this cheesy tomato pasta skillet!

Cheesy Tomato Pasta Skillet

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Lisa

Sunday 25th of October 2015

OMG love the idea of adding blue cheese to pasta! Sure beats the traditional boring red sauce. Yum!

Bird

Sunday 25th of October 2015

This looks SO mouthwatering!! YUM!!

Theresa @DearCreatives

Friday 23rd of October 2015

This looks really good. I love having alternatives to red sauce. Pinned & shared. Thanks for joining the party. Have a great weekend. Hope to see you again soon.

Christine | Mid-Life Croissant

Friday 23rd of October 2015

I love mushrooms so much. They're so meaty I agree they can completely substitute for meat and you don't miss a thing. However, they are also so good WITH meat. Love this dish. Thanks for linking up at #SaucySaturdays.

Derek

Wednesday 21st of October 2015

This looks like the perfect stay at home date night meal. Thanks for sharing!

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