Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro
Prep Time
40 Mins
2 servings (serving size: 1 1/4 cups)

Gorgonzola, an Italian blue cheese, gives this grown-up mac and cheese pasta dish pungent flavor. If you'd like to make it more family-friendly, substitute your favorite blue or other creamy cheese. You can also substitute penne or rigatoni for ziti.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain.

Step 2

Heat extra-virgin olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add cherry tomatoes, salt, crushed red pepper, and minced garlic to pan; cook 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Stir in half-and-half and Gorgonzola cheese; cook 2 minutes or until slightly thick, stirring constantly. Stir in spinach and pasta; cook 1 minute or until spinach wilts, tossing occasionally.

Ratings & Reviews

lec2003's Review

February 02, 2014

mossholder's Review

January 12, 2014

whatever123's Review

January 04, 2014
This has become a stand-by for me. Great with all kinds of blue cheese. I usually use arugula instead of spinach, since I like the flavour better. Really one of my favourites, because it doesn't seem like a "light" meal. Perfect when I want something rich and cheesy.

daneanp's Review

August 11, 2013
I've made this several times now. DD isn't a fan, but she doesn't like gorgonzola. I would definitely serve it to guests. Note the recipe makes 2 servings, so adjust accordingly. It goes together very quickly once the pasta is done and the tomatoes are sliced. Don't hesitate to use more spinach than the recipe calls for. Basil would be a nice addition as well. Served with tossed green salads.

ChrisBellaire's Review

September 05, 2012
My husband and I loved this dish. I used gluten free pasta and diced up a fresh tomato since I didn't have any cherry tomatoes. Next time, I think I'll use a little more red pepper to make it spicier. Served it with a fruit salad. We will definitely have this one again. In my opinion it's good enough (and easy) for company.

AuntieMimi's Review

August 26, 2012
Delicious! I love bleu cheese, so this was great. Next time I'll add chicken to make it a larger meal. This one will make it into my rotation!

BleueAlouette's Review

May 08, 2012
Very tasty! Loved the combination of flavours. I added more spinach and garlic, per the recommendation of another commenter. I didn't use gorgonzola, but I did use my favourite blue cheese and it turned out to be incredibly delicious.

krazykate61682's Review

February 02, 2012
I love this recipe. I always up the garlic on ANY recipe by like 10x and I've even made it without spinach but I just added dried parsley to color it up. ALSO, I've only ever made it with feta and 2% milk and I like it sooooooooooooooooooo much. I like gorgonzola with meat because it has such a bite to it. This vegetarian dish works better with feta. Also, I gave the recipe to my vegetarian sister in Engladn and she makes it at like all her dinner parties.

Kobrien07's Review

January 22, 2012
Decreased serving size to half cup & ate as a side. Added 2 cloves of garlic and extra spinach. Also cooked tomatoes for about 10 min until carmelized. Excellent & will make again!

TriciaS's Review

January 08, 2012
We LOVED this!! Took advice of others and doubled both garlic & spinach. I agreed especially with spinach. Then I doubled whole recipe including my changes to garlic & spinach. Original recipe not enough for our family. Thought this was delicious, easy, and light. Just served with a roll. Thought Gorgonzola favor was perfect. Will absolutely make again!!