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Penne with Caramelized Onion-Gorgonzola Cheese Sauce

Sweet onion cheesy sauce adds creamy comfort to this quick-prep savory pasta meal.

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  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 30 min
  • Servings 6

Ingredients

2
tablespoons butter
1
large sweet onion, thinly sliced (1 1/2 cups)
1
clove garlic, thinly sliced
1
tablespoon salt, if desired
1
lb uncooked penne pasta
1 3/4
cups whipping (heavy) cream
1/4
cup butter
4
oz Gorgonzola cheese (preferably Gorgonzola dolce, or sweet Gorgonzola), crumbled (1 cup)
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/8
teaspoon pepper
Dash of freshly grated nutmeg or ground nutmeg

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Directions

  • 1 In 10-inch nonstick skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat. Stir in onion and garlic to coat with butter. Cook uncovered about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook uncovered 35 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onion is light golden brown. Do not let onion or garlic burn. (Onions will shrink during cooking.)
  • 2 Meanwhile, fill large pot with 5 quarts water; heat to boiling over high heat. When water is boiling, add 1 tablespoon salt if desired. When water returns to boil, add pasta. Stir immediately to make sure it doesn't stick to itself or pan. Boil pasta 9 to 10 minutes or until cooked through but still slightly firm. Drain in colander. There is no need to shake off excess moisture.
  • 3 Add onion mixture to pot. Increase heat to medium and add 1 cup of the whipping cream and 1/4 cup butter. Cook, stirring occasionally, until butter melts and cream simmers. Stir in cheese, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Add drained pasta and remaining 3/4 cup whipping cream. Cook and stir until pasta is coated and sauce is hot.

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
680
(
Calories from Fat
360),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
40g
40%
(Saturated Fat
23g,
23%
Trans Fat
1 1/2g
1 1/2%
),
Cholesterol
120mg
120%;
Sodium
470mg
470%;
Total Carbohydrate
64g
64%
(Dietary Fiber
5g
5%
  Sugars
5g
5%
),
Protein
16g
16%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
30%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
15%;
Iron
15%;
Exchanges:
4 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 7 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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