Last week she met Jim Tassielli, Northwest Sales Merchandiser for Sartori Foods and he graciously sent along a few cheese wedges for moi, your humble Feline Foodie, to taste and share with The Man and The Lady. One of the wedges was Gorgonola Dolcino and The Lady immediately whipped up a tangy salad dressing using it and serving it on lettuce wedges and chopped veggies from The Garden of The Man.
Yesterday, she decided to use the rest to make a pasta dish inspired by “Blue Cheese Chicken Pasta Lauren”. Here’s how The Lady adapted the recipe:
1 Pound Pasta – The Lady likes penne best, but you use whatever you like or have in the cupboard
4 Tbsp. White Truffle Butter, divided
2 Tbsp. EVOO, divided
2 Tbsp. Bacon Grease, divided
Splash of Chardonnay
3 Red Onions, thinly sliced (Fresh from The Garden of The Man)
2 Tbsp. Sugar
6-8 Fresh Button Mushrooms, sliced
6 Boneless Chicken Thighs, salted and peppered to taste – The Lady only uses Foster Farms
Fresh Herbs from The garden of The Man, chopped – The Lady used oregano, thyme, rosemary, parsley
1 Cup Freshly Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
Boil water for pasta – The Lady adds chicken bouillon rather than salt.
In a large saucepan add half of each of the butter, EVOO and Bacon grease. Melt on medium heat. Add the onions, sugar and chardonnay. Cut for about 30 minutes to caramelize, stirring every five minutes until they turn deep caramel color. Add the mushrooms for the last five minutes. The sugar adds sweetness.
In another saucepan, melt the other halves of butter, EVOO and bacon grease on medium heat. Saute the chicken thighs until cooked through and a little brown on each side. Set aside; when slightly cooled, slice into strips and toss with chopped herbs.
When the pasta is done, drain but do not rinse. Place in serving bowl and immediately add the gorgonzola and parm/reg. Mix and allow the cheeses to melt.
Add the chicken and caramelized onions to the pasta.
Toss and serve.
For dessert The Lady made and served Le Gateau Nantaise… The Man and I have died and gone to culinary heaven with The Lady home and cooking. God Bless vacation…
FTC Full Disclosure – The cheesemaker/manufacturer sent me their product, hoping I would review the product/cheese.