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Fettuccine with Gorgonzola and Prosciutto

Notes: You can substitute brie, St. André, or another high-fat, ripened cheese.

Sunset DECEMBER 2002

  • Yield: Makes 4 or 5 first-course, 2 or 3 main-dish servings

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 2 ounces thin prosciutto slices, separated and cut into slivers
  • 4 to 6 ounces dole (sweet) or regular gorgonzola, cambozola, or other mild blue cheese (3/4 to 1 cup, packed; see notes)
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • About 1 1/2 to 3 cups fat-skimmed chicken broth
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 9 ounces fresh fettuccine or 8 ounces dried fettuccine
  • 2 tablespoons slivered fresh basil leaves
  • Fresh-ground pepper

Preparation

1. In a 4- to 5-quart pan over medium-high heat, stir pine nuts until lightlly toasted, 2 to 4 minutes. At once, pour from an into a small bowl.

2. Add proscuitto to pan and stir until slightly browned, about 2 minutes. Add to pine nuts.

3. In a microwave-safe bowl, break or cut cheese into small pieces. Add cream. Heat in a microwave oven on full power (100%) until cream bubbles, 1 to 2 minutes. Whisk mixture until blended, smashing any bits of rind. Let stand at room temperature until ready to use.

4. As cheese heats, pour broth (1 1/2 cups if using fresh pasta, 3 cups for dried) and wine into pan; add thyme. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.

5. Return heat to high; when liquid is boiling, add fettuccine and stir to separate strands. Cook, stirring often, until pasta is tender to bite, 2 to 3 minutes for fresh, about 7 minutes for dried. If pasta sticks, add 1/2 to 1 cup more broth; there should be a generous amount of liquid. Add cheese mixture and stir for about 1 minute. Remove from heat and let stand for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring several times.

6. Ladle into warm bowls. Sprinkle with pine nut-prosciutto mixture and basil. Season to taste with pepper.

Nutritional analysis per first-course serving.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 405
  • Calories from fat: 47%
  • Protein: 18g
  • Fat: 21g
  • Saturated fat: 11g
  • Carbohydrate: 30g
  • Fiber: 1.4g
  • Sodium: 568mg
  • Cholesterol: 93mg
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