Pasta With Gorgonzola and Walnut Sauce

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Prosciutto, walnut puree, gorgonzola, and sparkling wine create the most delicious sauce for the pasta.

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Ingredients

  • 1 Tbs. salt (optional)
  • 3/4 C. walnut halves or pieces
  • 1/2 C. heavy cream, warmed
  • 2 Tbs. butter
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 C. chopped onion
  • 4 oz. (1/2 C.) prosciutto or ham, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, thickly sliced
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 C. sparkling wine or champagne
  • 1 C. chicken stock
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 C. crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • 1/4 C. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tbs. chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1 lb. pasta of your choice:(conchiglie, farfalle, fusilli or penne rigate)

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Directions

Bring a large pot of water, (with the 1 TBS of salt added if desired), to a boil over high heat. Purée 1/2 C. of the walnuts and the cream in a food processor or blender until smooth. Set aside the remaining walnuts. In a large sauté pan, melt the butter with the olive oil over medium heat until bubbling. Sauté the onion, prosciutto, garlic and red pepper flakes until the onion is tender and the prosciutto begins to brown, 6-8 minutes. Deglaze the pan with the wine, stirring to dislodge any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Continue cooking to reduce liquid by half. Stir in the stock, walnut purée, the 1/2 tsp salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then simmer to a sauce-like consistency for 10-12 minutes. Melt the Gorgonzola and Parmesan cheese in the sauce. Cook the pasta in the boiling water according to the package directions. Drain and return to the pot. Pour the sauce over the pasta and simmer over low heat, stirring constantly until the pasta is well coated, for about 3 minutes. Turn the pasta out onto a warm serving dish, sprinkle with parsley and remaining 1/4 C. walnuts, and serve.


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