Steak and blue cheese go together like peas and carrots – it’s a match made in heaven. This creamy blue cheese pasta with steak is a quick 20-minute meal with big flavors!
Blue Cheese Pasta with Steak
With all the holiday hustle and bustle dinner is something that I don’t want to spend a lot of time on right now – with presents to buy, cookies to bake, and Christmas cards to sign and mail there’s just not a whole lot of time right now for labor-intensive cooking. Quick and easy is the order of the day and this blue cheese pasta with steak fits the bill. Seriously, this creamy cheesy pasta with pan-seared steak can be on the table in about 20 minutes thanks to a quickie stovetop sauce and thin steaks that cook up in a flash. In the time it takes to boil the pasta the whole darn thing comes together leaving plenty of time for tree decorating and present wrapping.
I’m not sure how we got to this point – this point being just 3 weeks away from Christmas Day – because it seems just a moment ago I tried desperately to grab a photo of Feynman dressed as Yoda for Halloween before he ate his Yoda ears. How can it be that we are already on the downward slide to holidays? Last week, as we gathered ’round our table with family to celebrate Thanksgiving, it didn’t feel like Christmas was just around the corner, but it is! And I’m so not ready!
There’s a tipping point for getting holiday decorations up at our house and that tipping point is this weekend. If we don’t get the tree up, the stockings hung, the garlands on the mantle, and the lights out in the yard this weekend it’s game over for Christmas decorating. How’s that for motivation?
So to make things easy I’m leaning heavily on quick and easy dinners like this blue cheese pasta with steak. Speediness aside you really can’t beat the flavors – warm, tender steak and blue cheese is a classic combo. Piling the cooked steak on top of the pasta makes for a pretty presentation and I love the walnut garnish – it adds a perfect amount of crunch which is a great contrast to the creamy pasta. Looking at it you might not guess it took hardly any time to pull together, right?
I love it when that happens.
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Blue Cheese Pasta with Steak
This blue cheese pasta with steak is rich and decadent dinner.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Stove
- Cuisine: American
- 8 ounces penne or other short pasta shape
- 2 (8-oz) sirloin steaks seasoned with a few pinches of salt and pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon white pepper
- 1 cup whole milk
- 8 ounces blue cheese finely crumbled (see note)
- Parsley and chopped walnuts for garnish, optional
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to package directions.
- While the pasta is cooking, prepare the steak by first seasoning both sides with salt and pepper.
- Heat the olive oil in a medium-sized pan over medium-high heat. Cook the steak for about four to five minutes on each side or until it’s reached your desired doneness. I prefer mine pretty pink in the middle (145°F), but if you like yours more well-done, cook it a few minutes longer on each side.
- Remove the steak from the pan and cover it with foil. Let it rest for a few minutes before slicing it.
- When the pasta is done boiling, drain it and then return it to the same pot. Melt the butter and then add the flour, cornstarch, and seasonings. Stir for about a minute or until it forms a thick paste.
- Slowly add the milk while whisking. Whisk until the mixture is smooth. Once the milk is heated (you can adjust the heat to medium, if needed, but don’t let the milk boil), add the crumbled blue cheese. Stir the sauce until the cheese is melted and the sauce is thickened.
- Add the cooked pasta to the sauce and stir to coat it evenly. Slice the steaks against the grain into 1″ slices. Cut the slices into bite-sized pieces.
- Spoon the pasta into a bowl or on a plate. Top the pasta with the steak. Garnish with chopped walnuts and parsley.
Blue cheese crumbles: I recommend using a wedge of good-quality blue cheese and finely crumbling it. The easiest way to do this is with a box grater or you can pulse chunks of cheese in a food processor until it breaks down into fine crumbs. If your cheese is not finely crumbled, it will be harder to create a smooth cheese sauce.
- Calories: 688
- Sugar: 4.9g
- Sodium: 900.2mg
- Fat: 32.5g
- Saturated Fat: 17.5g
- Unsaturated Fat: 12.5g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 50g
- Fiber: 1.9g
- Protein: 47.1g
- Cholesterol: 131mg
Keywords: blue cheese pasta, blue cheese steak pasta