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Pappardelle with Wilted Spinach and Blue Cheese

Pappardelle with Wilted Spinach and Blue Cheese
Yields
4 servings

I’ve used Pappardelle in this recipe but use any flat long pasta such as fettucine or tagliatelle. Borgonzola is a milder version of a Gorgonzola cheese, it’s a cross between brie and blue cheese so it is very smooth and rich with a hint of tanginess from the blue vein.

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ingredients

1
lb(s) pappardelle, or other long pasta (454 grams)
¼
cup extra virgin olive oil (60 ml)
2
oz sliced proscuitto, coarsely chopped (about 6 slices) (60 grams)
3
clove garlic, chopped
1
pint cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in half (2 cups/500 ml)
1
small bunch spinach, washed, stems removed (about 3 to 4 cups/750 to 1 litre)
4
oz Borgonzola cheese, rind removed, cut in cubes (113.5 grams)
Coarse salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
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directions

Step 1

Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Salt generously. Add papparadelle and stir. Cook according to package directions. Pasta should be al dente (firm to the bite), about 7 to 9 minutes depending on type of pasta.

Step 2

Meanwhile, add olive oil to a skillet over medium heat. Sauté proscuitto until golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic, tomatoes and spinach. Increase heat to medium high. Cook until spinach wilts, tossing, about 2 to 3 minutes. Season the mixture with salt and pepper. Sprinkle cheese over the mixture. Remove from heat and cover, just to melt the cheese.

Step 3

Drain pasta, reserving about 3 tbsp. of pasta water. Toss pasta with tomato and spinach mixture and the reserved pasta water. Serve immediately. Serves 4 to 6 depending on if served as an appetizer or main.

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