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My Favourite Quick Pasta Dish

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  • Serves: 2
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Ready in: 4 mins
  • Difficulty: Very Easy
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My Favourite Quick Pasta Dish

As with a lot of Italian cooking, and I suppose this saying goes for all cooking really, the simpler the better. The marriage of blue cheese and rocket is a match made in heaven.Its best to try and use the Italian cheeses, as this really makes the dish authentic. I had a version of all these flavours together in Florence last year and it blew me away, they are fantastic. Just use a bag of rocket, they can be found in all the supermarkets these days and the semi dried pasta that cooks in 3 minutes. Watercress can also be used if you cannot find rocket.


  • 175g semi dried ready to cook Penne or Rigatoni pasta
  • 100g Gorgonzola or Dolcellatte cheese (Stilton works well also)
  • 100g Rocket, chopped roughly
  • 2 tbspn olive oil, you may need more its really up to you
  • Salt and freshly milled black pepper

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  1. Place a pan of water on the stove and bring to the boil.
  2. Add salt and re boil, and then drop in the ready to cook Penne, they will only need to be cooked for three minutes, but check the packet instructions.
  3. Meanwhile cut the cheese into small pieces, not too small or you will loose the lovely effect of melting chunks in the finished pasta.
  4. Once the pasta is cooked, strain well and return to the pan, add the olive oil and toss well.
  5. Add the cheese, rocket and season well with salt and pepper and toss again.
  6. Spoon into 2 large bowls and drizzle over a little olive oil and that's it.
  7. Serve with a large glass of chilled Pinot Grigio and a chunk of warm Focaccia bread.