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Beef and Blue Cheese Penne with Pesto Recipe

Beef and Blue Cheese Penne with Pesto Recipe

Unique and simple to prepare, this delicious dish is filled with fresh flavors, and it’s as healthy as it is hearty. Best of all, it takes just 30 minutes to set this meal on the table. You’ll definitely want to give this one a try! —Frances Pietsch, Flower Mound, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 2 cups uncooked whole wheat penne pasta
  • 2 beef tenderloin steaks (6 ounces each)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 5 ounces fresh baby spinach (about 6 cups), coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/3 cup prepared pesto
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese


  • 1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • 2. Meanwhile, sprinkle steaks with salt and pepper. Grill steaks, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from heat 5-7 minutes on each side or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a thermometer should read 145°; medium, 160°; well-done, 170°).
  • 3. Drain pasta; transfer to a large bowl. Add spinach, tomatoes, pesto and walnuts; toss to coat. Cut steak into thin slices. Serve pasta mixture with beef; sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 532 calories, 22 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 50 mg cholesterol, 434 mg sodium, 49 g carbohydrate, 9 g fiber, 35 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.