On Sunday’s, my fiancé and I generally have cheese night, where we put together an awesome cheese platter with charcuterie, and stuff our faces. It’s one of my favourite traditions. The best part about it though, is that we usually end up with some delicious leftover cheese!
There are so many things you can do with leftover cheese – gnocchi, cheese sauce for fries, cheese sauce for steak, I could go on! My favourite though, is a simple cheesy pasta concoction – essentially a bastardised carbonara. Because we try and always pick different cheeses to try something new, every time we make cheesy pasta, it tastes different, so it always feels like we’re having a new dish.
The best part though? You really don’t even need a recipe! It’s so simple to make. So how do you do it? Below is a rough guide, but adjust it as you go along! It all really depends on how much cheese you have leftover. (If you like blue cheese, I’d recommend making sure you always have at least one type of blue cheese to throw in)
Boil some spaghetti (I prefer linguine but go with whatever you like!). In a separate pan, heat up about a tablespoon of olive oil. Throw in 2-3 cloves of crushed garlic and half a teaspoon of chilli flakes. If you have any leftover salami, now is the time to toss that in (we usually have saucisson sec, so we chop it into smaller pieces). It goes nice and crispy when fried. Gently fry on low heat until garlic is golden.
Toss your cooked pasta into the pan and mix it around. Add a little bit of pasta water (2-3 tablespoons), and chuck in your leftover cheeses. Heat up until it’s all melted, then plate up and dig in!!