Blue Cheese Mac And Cheese is a quick and easy pasta recipe perfect any night of the week. Made on the stove top in less that 15 minutes this is comfort food at its finest. Mac and cheese with blue cheese is next level yum that is a little indulgent and a lot delicious.
🤍 Recipe Highlights
I have summarised everything that you will come to know and love (LOVE ❤) about this mac and cheese with blue cheese recipe in the points below:
- Comfort food: we have al dente pasta covered in a creamy cheese sauce with blue cheese in amongst it. Does life get any better than this 😂👍.
- Simple ingredients: whilst not everyday ingredients (imagine if blue cheese was!) each of the ingredients needed to make the recipe are simple, year round available and can easily be sought from your local grocery store.
- Quick and easy: any recipe that takes less than 15 minutes from start to finish is a winner in my book. For nights when you want to cook but don't want to be cooking for hours, this is the recipe to turn to.
- Vegetarian: it can be nice to have some meatless nights where dinner is still full of flavor but a little less meaty. This vegetarian pasta recipe is perfect for nights when you don't want beef, chicken or pork on the plate.
- Budget friendly: this is a cost effective recipe that won't break the bank. It is better than getting take out and taking all of your wallet contents out at the same time!
- Versatile: whip this up as a meal in one to indulge in. Cheese lovers, I know you will hear me on this point 😉👍. Or make it as a cheesy pasta side to meaty mains when you want pasta to play second fiddle.
The photo below is to show you everything you need to make the recipe. Please refer to the printable recipe card for specific ingredient measurements as well as detailed instructions.
As you can see the recipe calls for:
- Butter: a creamy French unsalted butter will be perfect. We don't want to use salted butter as we add salt as a separate ingredient when making the macaroni sauce.
- Salt and pepper: we use salt and a little bit of black pepper when making the blue cheese sauce. These get added to the melted butter as we begin to build the flavor combination.
- Garlic: chunky minced garlic or 2-3 fresh garlic cloves that you finely chop will be perfect.
- Chives: we add 2 teaspoons of dried chives to the recipe as they add pops of colour and onion flavor.
- White white vinegar: this is a lively ingredient that smells amazing and brings a unique lift to sauce recipes.
- Dried onion: the onion helps to give us an extra depth of flavor in the sauce. This is dried onion flakes that you will find in the herbs and spices section of the supermarket.
- Blue cheese: it wouldn't be blue cheese mac and cheese without this stinky unique and super delicious cheese with bold mold stripes through it.
- Cream: the cream helps us to create the creamy cheesy sauce that we pair with the macaroni.
- Mozzarella cheese: soft and stringy. This is a cheese that is popular in pasta and pizza recipes. It doesn't however, have a bold or strong flavor about it which is why when it is paired with the blue cheese and parmesan cheese we are onto a winning combination 😉👍.
- Macaroni: budget friendly and easy to cook this popular pasta works across a wide variety of recipes.
🧀 Garnish Ingredients
- Parmesan cheese: freshly grated using a microplane zester is best. Then it will be soft and melt easily over the top of the hot pasta.
- Basil leaves: fresh bright green fragrant basil leaves that have been pulled from the stems and the stems discarded are what we are looking for. These add pops of colour to an otherwise plain looking pasta recipe.
- Black pepper: using black pepper over the top of the dish when ready to serve is a great way to season and add an extra flavor to the garnishes listed above.
Tasty Tip: I like to provide you with a number of substitutions and variations giving you an array of options when making the recipe. If in doubt of any of the above ingredients, or wanting alternatives, read this section (further below) before jumping into the instructions on how to make the recipe which are coming next 😉👌.
Here are the step by step instructions to make the recipe. We start by making the sauce.
- Melt butter on high heat (Photo 1)
- Add the garlic, onion, chives, salt and pepper (Photo 2)
- Add the white wine vinegar (Photo 3)
- Add the cream (Photo 4)
👩🍳 How to Make Blue Cheese Mac And Cheese
We start the recipe by making the blue cheese sauce. To do so place a large frying pan onto the stove top and turn the heat to high. Then add the butter and let it melt.
Once melted, add the garlic, onion, chives, salt, pepper and give them a stir to combine and let sizzle for a minute.
Next add the white wine vinegar to the pan and then pour in the cream. You can see me doing this in the photo above.
- Add the blue cheese and mozzarella (Photo 5)
- Reduce heat to low and stir till until melted (Photo 6)
- Add the drained macaroni to the sauce (Photo 7)
- Allow to heat and then garnish (Photo 8)
Next we want to add both the blue cheese and mozzarella to the sauce and reduce the heat, stirring to combine as the cheese melts.
Next read and follow the instructions on the macaroni to cook it in a sauce pan of boiling salted water. Test a piece and when it is al dente (a little bit chewy), remove from the heat and drain into a colander. Then discard the pasta water.
Once done, add the cooked, drained macaroni to the sauce and stir to combine. Then turn the heat up and allow the pasta and sauce to heat through.
When ready garnish the dish liberally with the trio of parmesan cheese, black pepper and basil leaves.
🍽 Serving Suggestions
Up to you if you want to whip this up and serve it for the fam as is in bowls for an easy dinner.
👍 How to Guide
How to Store
Store leftover pasta in a sealed, airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days. It is best reheated before being consumed.
How to Freeze
I don't recommend freezing leftovers of this dish or using it for meal prep to have portions of it in the freezer. Creamy or cheesy sauces return mixed results when frozen so I would simply heat and eat or consume leftovers over the next couple of days.
How to Reheat
Add leftover mac and cheese to a bowl and drizzle in a little bit of milk, then cover the pasta with cling film and heat on high for 1 to 3 minutes until heated through.
Once hot use a spoon to stir as the milk will help to give the sauce a little more juiciness again.
😉 Substitutions and Variations
Here are my sub ins and outs that you might be thinking about as you read the post and I will tell you if I think they will work or why they won't:
- You can omit the dried chives if you don't want a herb in the pasta as it cooks.
- The cheese indicated is parmesan cheese. You can also use the equivalent amount of pecorino romano cheese if you prefer it.
- I use fresh basil leaves to garnish the dish for serving. You can also use finely chopped fresh parsley as an alternative.
- You can try the dish with other pasta types. Some good choices are penne, rigatoni or fusilli.
- In almost all of my pasta recipes I reserve some of the starchy pasta water and use it in the pasta sauce. However, when testing this recipe I found that doing so made the sauce too watery. Hence why I don't use it. If however, you want to thin the cream sauce slightly you can add a splash of this water. Simply scoop it out before you drain the macaroni.
💡 Tasty Tips
Here are my top tips and tricks that I want to share with you so that you master the recipe from the get go:
- We want to use high heat to melt the butter and fry off the garlic, chives and onion, but we want to turn this down to medium-low heat when adding the cheese. Once the pasta and sauce has been combined you can turn the heat up again to allow the dish to heat through.
- If blue cheese is your thing, you might like to try the Gorgonzola Sauce, Pasta Alla Gorgonzola or the Basil Artichoke Pizza.
🤓 Frequently Asked Questions
What is Mac and Cheese?
Mac and Cheese is the ultimate comfort food. It involves cooking macaroni pasta until al dente, then making a creamy cheese sauce to pour over and stir through it.
What does Blue Cheese taste like?
Blue cheese has a distinct bold taste that is complemented by the soft pale cream cheese. It has a strong aroma and unique creamy texture with pale blue lines through it.
What is the best type of pasta to use?
There is no doubt that macaroni is the best type of pasta for mac and cheese. This is because it is cheap to purchase, quick to cook and is the ultimate pasta to smother with a thick cheese sauce.
😍 More Easy Dinner Recipes
If you have lots of ideas to turn to then dinner will never be old boring or same same. Here are some recipes to keep your dinners interesting:
- Polenta Al Forno
- Rigatoni Gorgonzola
- Thai Minced Pork
- Chorizo Pasta Bake
- Spaghetti Gorgonzola
- Prawn Pizza
- Chorizo and Prawn Linguine
- Spinach and Feta Pizza
- Tomato Mac and Cheese
Blue Cheese Mac and Cheese
- 2 tbs/40 grams butter Note 1
- 1 tablespoon garlic chunky minced or 2-3 fresh cloves finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon onion flakes Note 2
- 2 teaspoon dried chives Note 3
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tbs white wine vinegar
- 250ml/ 1 cup heavy cream Note 4
- 150 grams/5oz blue cheese Note 5
- ½ cup mozzarella cheese
- 500 grams/16 oz cups macaroni pasta
- parmesan cheese
- black pepper
- basil leaves
- Blue cheese sauce: place a large frying pan onto the stove top, turn the heat to high and add the butter. Once it has melted, add the garlic, onion, chives, salt, and pepper. Stir these to combine then add the white wine vinegar, followed by the cream. Next add the blue cheese and mozzarella, turn the heat down and stir to combine as the cheese melts.
- Macaroni: read and follow the packet instructions to cook the macaroni in a medium sauce pan of boiling salted water. Test a bit to ensure it is al dente (still a little chewy) and when it is, use a colander over the sink to drain the pasta and discard the water.
- Combine: add the cooked drained macaroni to the blue cheese sauce and use a wooden spoon to stir and combine. Turn the heat back up a little and allow the pasta and sauce to heat through.
- To serve: garnish the dish generously with a sprinkle of freshly grated parmesan cheese, black pepper and basil leaves. Provide bowls, forks and spoons for serving.
- Note 1 - Butter: we do want to fully melt the butter as the initial step as then we use it to lightly fry the garlic, onion and chives combination.
- Note 2 - Dried onion: these dried onion flakes will be with the herbs and spices around the cooking aisle at the grocery store. They are dried onion flakes. You can use onion powder instead if you prefer and you can reduce this amount to ½ tbs or 1 teaspoon if not keen on any onion flavour. If using dried onion powder, I would not use more than 1 teaspoon (it tastes quite salty, more so that dried onion flakes).
- Note 3 - Dried chives: this are optional. You can omit them if you want a plain blue cheese mac and cheese without the addition of dried herbs.
- Note 4 - Heavy cream: this is pouring cream also known as cooking cream. It is different to dollop, whipped or cream cheese.
- Note 5 - Blue cheese: there will be a wide variety of types of prices for this. You can use your favorite type be it gorgonzola, Danish blue or Castello Blue.
Recipe published June 2019, updated in October 2023 with new images and a rewrite with minor recipe improvements 😉👌.