Tomato Gorgonzola Pasta

It has been quite some time since I have posted a pasta recipe.  It's odd because we usually have some sort of pasta dish about once a week. I like pasta dishes because they are quick and easy to get on the table during the busy week when the evenings are filled with taxiing the kids to and from practices and after school activities. This recipe is a good example of a quick and easy pasta dish. There are a few more ingredients than most simple pasta recipes, but it still comes together quickly and it certainly delivers the flavor.

Speaking of flavor-- one of the key flavor ingredients in this pasta is the creamy Gorgonzola. So please buy a quality brand and stay away from the pre-crumbled container. You can use any pasta shape to your liking, but I choose to stick with a medium size shell. I like the way the sauce and the tomatoes get stuck inside the shells and my kids love the shape:)

Printable Recipe

Tomato Gorgonzola Pasta
serves 6-8

1 pound medium-sized dry pasta shells
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, finely diced
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 Tablespoon tomato paste
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (14.5 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 (14.5 ounce) can petite diced tomatoes
1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup (about 1 1/2 ounces) creamy Gorgonzola, crumbled
1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the shells according to the package directions; drain and set aside.

Heat the oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat.  Add the onion and crushed red pepper flakes and cook until the onion is soft and translucent, about 5-7 minutes.  Add the tomato and garlic and sauté for 1 minute.  Stir in the crushed and diced tomatoes.  Add the vinegar and bring the mixture to a boil and cook ,uncovered, until thickened, about 5 minutes.  Add the cream and simmer for 1 minute.  Stir in the cheeses, basil, and cooked shells.  Season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.  Serve immediately. Enjoy!

Source: Adapted from Cuisine at Home, October 2007


  1. This looks so great--We love pasta at our house too!

  2. I've never had gorgonzola cheese. Is it close to bleu/blue cheese? If so I bet this is super delicious. It surely looks that way!

    Have a great weekend.

  3. Simply Tia-
    Yes, gorgonzola is in the blue cheese family. It is an Italian blue-veined cheese that is creamy and has a higher butter fat that standard blue cheese.

  4. Oh man that looks so so good and perfect. I totally love gorgonzola. Great recipe!

  5. All I can say is ... Oh MY!!! Yes please!!!


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