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Fettuccine with Butternut and Gorgonzola Sauce

Fettuccine with Butternut and Gorgonzola Sauce

This rich dish works well for a dinner party--simply add a tossed salad, bread, and wine. Gorgonzola is a creamy blue cheese that creates a luscious sauce. If you use another type of blue cheese, the sauce will still taste great but not be as creamy. To help cut prep time, look for pre-chopped butternut squash, which some large supermarkets stock in the produce section.

Cooking Light NOVEMBER 2006

  • Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 1 1/4 cups)

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 cups vertically sliced onion
  • 3 cups (1-inch) cubed peeled butternut squash (about 1 pound)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups 1% low-fat milk, divided
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) crumbled Gorgonzola cheese, divided
  • 8 cups hot cooked fettuccine (about 1 pound uncooked pasta)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind

Preparation

Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, squash, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper; sauté 6 minutes or until the squash is almost tender. Add minced garlic; sauté 1 minute. Cover and set aside.

Bring 2 cups milk to a boil in a saucepan. Combine the remaining 1 cup milk and flour, stirring well with a whisk; gradually add to boiling milk, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium, and cook 5 minutes or until slightly thick, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add 1 cup cheese, and stir until smooth.

Combine squash mixture, pasta, and cheese mixture in a large bowl. Sprinkle with remaining 1 teaspoon salt; toss well to combine. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup parsley, chopped walnuts, lemon rind, and the remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 429
  • Calories from fat: 25%
  • Fat: 11.9g
  • Saturated fat: 6.6g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2.2g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 2g
  • Protein: 17.6g
  • Carbohydrate: 65.5g
  • Fiber: 5.4g
  • Cholesterol: 26mg
  • Iron: 3mg
  • Sodium: 723mg
  • Calcium: 299mg
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