Thursday, June 26, 2014

Pasta with Baby Peppers and Mountain Gorgonzola

Imagine my surprise when Italian cheese starts showing up in the local Sams Club here in Mississippi.  I hope it lasts.    This Mountain Gorgonzola, imported from Italy was just what I needed today.     The difference between the Italian import and the American, is that the Italian seems to be creamier in consistency and less salty.   If you can not find Gorgonzola for this dish, try a little  Maytag blue cheese.  You won't be disappointed.  A little goes a long way here.  Buon Appetito!
Ingredients for 4-6 people.  
One pound of Rigatoni.  I prefer DiCecco, as it holds together nicely throughout the cooking process. 
3-4 colorful baby peppers, sliced in 1/2 inch pieces
3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves of garlic diced.  (You may use onion in you prefer)
A teaspoon of salt
A teaspoon of black or white pepper
A handful of cherry tomatoes sliced in half
2 ounces of Italian Gorgonzola cut up (I used a little extra)
Place a large, 8 quart, pasta pot filled with water to boil  Add a tablespoon of salt.   In a large enough saute pan to accommodate your ingredients, heat up your olive oil to medium.  

 Place your garlic or onion in your pan, turn up and saute until fragrant.    Add your pepper and tomatoes, salt, pepper and put a lid on the pan for a few minutes.  When everything is soft, just remove your lid from the pan and continue mixing.    In under 10 minutes, it's ready.  

Drain your cooked pasta and mix right in the pan.  Add your  Gorgonzola and continue to mix.   Serve in large Pasta plates with a nice dry white wine.   Buon Appetito!

 Special Note:  If you don't care for the taste of  Gorgonzola (although I am not sure this could be possible),  use any cheese you like.   You might want to try a delicate Provolone or a lightly smoked Scamorza (an Italian cow's milke cheese).   Whatever you try, I am sure it will be delicious.  Enjoy!

2 comments:

Newlywed Cook said...

This looks like a big hug in a dish! I love Gorgonzola, yummy!

Cocoa and Lavender said...

Barbara - this is our favorite kind of pasta and one of our favorite cheeses! Is it the creamy Gorgonzola Dolce? I love the combinations of peppers and tomatoes, and would probably use the onion for sweetness. Can't wait to try it! ~ David