Herbed Pasta with Pears & Blue Cheese

Remember my trip to Harry & David two weeks ago?  Part of me is still there in the beautiful Rogue Valley.  While I was in Medford hanging with the sweet folks at H&D and 12 of my favorite bloggers, I went to the Harry & David store.  Yep, a whole store dedicated to all things H&Delicious.  I wish you could’ve been a fly on the wall as I darted back and forth through the store filling my basket, then unfilling it, then refilling.  You get the picture.  It was like being 5 in Willy Wonka’s factory.  Samples of Rogue Creamery cheese were being handed out with juicy chunks of Rogue Valley pears.  Another person passes by with a tray of chocolate covered caramels, to which I bolted to find and place in the basket (these never came back out again).  On the other end of the store, 2 gentlemen are offering wine tastings and by tasting I mean a nice portion to carry along as you load up the cart again and again and again.

The variety of products was incredible.  Anything and everything a foodie could want all wrapped up in pretty packaging.  A few of the items I came home with were Herbed Basil Fettuccine (pictured above & sold in stores), Rogue Creamery Blue Cheese, Chocolate Covered Caramels (only sold in stores).  My husband reads my blog from time to time, so I better just leave it at that.  🙂

A couple days after I returned from Medford my box showed up with my goodies from the store and I was instantly inspired to put the ingredients to use with one of the giant Royal Riviera pears I brought back.  This pasta is like the classic salad with pears, blue cheese and walnuts only made entirely better with the addition of caramelized shallots, herby pasta and of course….cream.  Cream makes the world a better place.

Ok ok…before I go any further I wanted to tell you that I have a gift basket to give away from Harry & David.  They were so sweet to ask if I’d like to share some of the goodies I’ve had the great pleasure of sampling and I was instantly on board.  They let me choose which basket to giveaway and I thought the Roxy Ann Classic was a good representation of their deliciousness.  Pears, apples, cheese.  OH MY!   Seriously, it’s a gorgeous basket chock full (really) of the freshest fruit and the tastiest cheese, crackers and relish.  I’m so excited to give this basket away!   It only takes ONE comment to enter, the other entries are extras.  Good luck to you!!
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Now for an easy and delicious recipe of pasta, sweet pears and pungent blue cheese.

Herbed Pasta with Pears & Blue Cheese

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4-6 Servings

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces herbed fettuccine (or plain)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 medium shallots, minced
  • 1 Royal Riviera pear, cored, cut into bite sized chunks (or other pear variety)
  • 5 ounces blue cheese
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/3 cup toasted walnut pieces
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt to taste and boil pasta according to package directions.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, add the butter and shallots and saute until beginning to lightly brown (don't burn). Add the pear and quickly saute, about 2 minutes. Add the blue cheese, cream and peas. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Turn down to low once the cheese has melted in to the sauce. Keep warm until the pasta is done.
  3. Add 1/3 cup of the pasta water to the pear mixture and then add the pasta. Toss to coat and sprinkle with walnuts and serve immediately.
http://www.farmgirlgourmet.com/2012/10/herbed-pasta-with-pears-blue-cheese-harryanddavid-giveaway.html

Good luck!!

 

 

 

24 Comments

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    Eli
    October 29, 2012 at 12:44 am

    Do you think any blue cheese could be used, perhaps a gorgonzola, or as it is a different consistency….

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      FarmgirlGourmet
      October 29, 2012 at 6:55 am

      Oh yes, gorganzola or rochefort would work just fine.. Love gorganzola.

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    Susan Havko
    October 28, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Trying to read something about the chocolate covered caramels – sounds fabulous! As does the giveaway!
    Susan

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    Audrey B.
    October 28, 2012 at 10:52 am

    I haven’t had Harry & David in years, winning this would be wonderful.

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    Julia
    October 28, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Beautiful pasta..I have not thought of putting pears and blue cheese in pasta but boy does it sound good!

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    JC
    October 28, 2012 at 1:58 am

    Those pears are yum!

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    K Tudman
    October 27, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Thanks for the opp!

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    Arden
    October 27, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    I had never heard of Harry and David but it looks like something I will have to check into for my next trip south of the border. Your recipe sounds wonderful and I look forward to trying it, Thanks

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    Carolyn
    October 27, 2012 at 10:59 am

    This looks like an awesome recipe for pears. LOVE Harry & David products!

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    PW
    October 27, 2012 at 10:23 am

    So great that you were able to visit a great Oregon Retailer! Asan OR Duck, we love to visit when we pass through and often mail order gifts for the holidays….yeah Moose Munch 🙂 Their Pears and other fruits and nuts are amazing!! PW

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    Cindy Brickley
    October 27, 2012 at 10:11 am

    I love Harry & David baskets. Thanks for the giveaway!
    cjbrick@ymail.com

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    Patt
    October 27, 2012 at 10:05 am

    I love Harry & David gifts especially the Riviera Pears. Money is short at my house right now, and this lovely gift basket would be a wonderful day brightener! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Honeybird
    October 27, 2012 at 2:04 am

    Looks great! Very seasonal too! 😉

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    Cate
    October 27, 2012 at 1:00 am

    What an awesome giveaway! And that pasta looks amazing 🙂

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    Lana
    October 26, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Lovely dish, Heather! I love the combination of flavors:) Perfect for this season, even though SoCal weather refuses to cooperate:)

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    Lindsay
    October 26, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    I can’t wait to try this!

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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles
    October 26, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Beautiful pasta, Heather – want!!!!

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    addie | culicurious
    October 26, 2012 at 9:51 am

    This looks delicious, Heather. Love the combination of these flavors!

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    Betsy
    October 26, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Heather

    Love your blog. I have been a fan of Henry and David produce and their Royal Riviera pears since I was a child growing up in Wyoming, OH. My parents would always get a gift box of the pears at Christmas time. My mother would make them last through the holiday season. As an adult, my husband and I continue to order the pears. I roasted several last year to use in our dinner salad with a balsamic vingerette. Will definitely be trying the pasta recipe once our pears arrive this year.

    Bets

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    foodwanderings
    October 26, 2012 at 6:05 am

    What fun outing to Harry & David Heather. Must have been fantastic. I didn’t know they grow their own crops honestly. Just dropped in to say hey! 🙂

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      FarmgirlGourmet
      October 26, 2012 at 8:27 am

      They sure do. Pears, apples and even peaches. Great people and an admirable company. Thanks for commenting Shulie. xo!

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