Good Tuesday Night everyone! I’ve been busy busy trying to get everything ready for my son’s official Birthday tomorrow. I can’t believe he is going to be 6 years old. Transformer this Transformer that, I think I’ve just about got everything ready for his buddies to come over tomorrow.
I’m so excited to share this recipe with you all. I swear I could eat this just about everyday. It is creamy, full of flavor and tastes like it’s straight out of a restaurant! I know prosciutto is expensive, but I promise it is so worth it on special occasions such as for this pasta. If you must, substitute crumbled bacon pieces, but only if you must!
I love how the gorgonzola doesn’t overpower the sauce.Even if you are not a blue cheese fan, I bet you still like this pasta.Give it a try, and let me know what you think!!
Tortiglioni Florentine in a Gorgonzola Cream Sauce with Frizzled Prosciutto
1 lb Tortiglioni pasta or other pasta of choice
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
6 slices prosciutto diced
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
½ Cup finely diced onion
½ Cup thinly sliced fennel
4 Cups Spinach, coarsely chopped
16 oz 2% milk or half and half if you are feeling crazy
½ lb crumbled gorgonzola cheese or about 2 Cups
¼ Cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
Pinch of kosher salt and pepper
1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
2.Heat olive oil into a medium skillet over medium heat.Cook prosciutto until browned and crisped, stirring often.Usually takes between 5-8 minutes.Transfer to a paper towel lined plate.
3.Heat olive oil into a large skillet or dutch oven over medium heat.Saute onion and fennel until softened, about 5 minutes.Stir in spinach and cook until wilted down, about 5 more minutes.
4. Pour in milk and heat for 5 minutes on medium high heat or until piping hot. Stir in gorgonzola and parmesan cheese. Stir until cheeses are melted. Reduce heat and stir in cooked pasta, season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Reduce heat to low and serve quickly, sauce thickens over time. Add additional milk to loosen sauce up if necessary, especially if you are re-heating the next day. Enjoy!
Have a great next few days! I’ll be back soon with a “chilly” treat that will make everyone happy and a terrific side!