Pasta with Tomato-Gorgonzola Cream

I was a little hesitant to make this dish because of the gorgonzola. It can be a little over-powering, to say the least, but I made it anyway. This turned out to be a really good recipe! It didn’t have any nutritional stats with it, and that’s probably a good thing! I mean, heavy cream and gorgonzola? It can’t be good. I couldn’t see in the recipe where you need to add the additional cup of cream, so I guess that’s a typo. One cup was enough, I think. I will make this one again!

rating: 9

Pasta with Tomato-Gorgonzola Cream
(Copyright 2008 Lynne Rossetto Kasper)

serves 4

Ingredients:

6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 large shallots, finely chopped
Generous pinch hot red pepper flakes
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tight-packed cup chopped fresh basil leaves
2 generous tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 cup dry white or red wine
2 28-ounce can whole tomatoes, drained and crushed
2 cup heavy cream (I used 1 cup)
3/4 cup creamy Gorgonzola or blue cheese, crumbled (I used about 1/2 a cup)
1.5 pounds pasta such as corkscrew, fusilli or rotelle

Directions:

1. Heat oil in 10-inch straight-sided saute pan over medium high. Add shallots, red pepper flakes and black pepper and saute about 3 minutes until shallots are softened and starting to turn clear. Adjust heat to prevent browning. Add garlic and basil and saute over medium heat about 30 seconds. Add the tomato paste, blend in and saute 30 seconds.
2. Add wine and simmer over medium-high heat until reduced to nothing. Stir in tomatoes and simmer, uncovered, at a lively bubble over medium-high 2 to 3 minutes, stirring often, until thick and rich tasting. Remove from heat, cover and let stand 5 to 10 minutes. Can be made ahead to this point and refrigerated up to 2 days.
3. Bring 4 to 6 quarts well-salted water to a rolling boil. Add the pasta and cook, partially covered, about 10 minutes or until just tender. There should be a little bite to the noodle. Drain in a colander.
4. Bring sauce to a simmer while pasta cooks. Stir in 1/2 cup cream and simmer 1 minute. Taste for seasoning. Hold, covered, until pasta is done.
5. Add drained pasta and remaining 1/2 cup cream to sauce; stir over medium heat 1 to 2 minutes. Add cheese and stir gently just until combined and cheese is melted. Taste for salt and pepper. Serve hot.

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