Jeeeeeeeeez, I hate it when people say "oh this? I just made this with whatever ingredients I could find". Sure you did. That quail just happened to be in the freezer. So I understand if you're going to be pissed off with me starting this recipe with "I just made this from stuff I had lying around." But honestly, I did. See...I insist on having some cheese in the fridge. Good cheese. Strong cheese that smells. Unashamedly. Like it's proud to be stinky. Anyway, I had some unbelievable blue cheese in my fridge and (inspired by the classic waldorf salad) I used it as the base for this recipe. It is embarrassingly easy to make.
As with any dish, the better the ingredients the better the dish. When it is this simple though, that philosophy is even more important. So get the best you can.
Okay, stuff you'll need to feed 4:
- A block of blue cheese the size of a tennis ball, torn into chunks.
- A packet of whole wheat linguini (or any long pasta)
- The zest of three lemons
- A handful of walnuts
- A big bunch of wild rocket
Okay, what to do:
1. Cook the pasta as per the instructions.
2. Drain pasta and add blue cheese immediately so it begins to melt.
3. Add the lemon zest, the rocket and the walnuts. Stir through pasta to ensure everything is mixed properly.
4. To serve, place in deep bowls and drizzle over some extra-virgin olive oil. (The best you have. I'm a big fan of Tokara and Willow Creek)
Yip, that's it. Could be the easiest recipe I've ever put up here. Which is proof that tasty food doesn't have to be fancy food.