Dispensing Happiness

A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness.-Elsa Schiapirelli

That's me, the magical good cook.

Borrowing from my friend Dexygus, I've created my own food blog.

Read of my exploits in the kitchen! Salivate over the descriptions of fabulous desserts and savory meals I've concocted!

No, seriously...go ahead. It'll make my day.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Cheesy Pasta


And I keep working through Nigel Slater's Real Food...

This time, Pasta with Four Cheeses.

Now, we've tried countless baked, multi-cheese pasta dishes in the past. And I usually have the same problems with them: cheeses don't blend, too heavy, etc.

But not this one. Slater's baked pasta was perfect.

I'm not idly throwing superlatives around here. This was truly the best baked cheese pasta I've tasted.

Cook tube pasta, about nine minutes (actually a little more 'done' than I care for, but I went with the flow). Drain lightly, return pasta to pan, and melt a little over a half stick (!) of butter, tossing the pasta till shiny. To this, add almost-equal amounts of Gruyere, Fontina, Gorgonzola and Parmesan; add some salt and pepper, and a bit of cream. Stir it all up, and dump into a shallow baking dish (rather unceremoniously, in my case). Bake until cheese melts.

It may not look like much here (pale pasta and pale cheese; what chance does it have? Demille would struggle to make it look good), but my goodness; what a dish!

The Gruyere and Gorgonzola were the most prominent flavors, not surprisingly. And while it was very filling (I put about a third of mine back), it was not heavy.

As Matt put it: "This doesn't suck."

Only four or five more meals to work through, then it's on to Monastery Salads!

5 Thoughts for food:

At 10:44 AM, Blogger Cate said...

Sounds delicious. Once you throw gorgonzola into something, we're so there! I'm going to have to dig out my copy of Nigel's Real Food and start cooking from it. Barefoot Contessa also has a great 5-cheese baked pasta dish.

At 11:31 AM, Blogger Stephanie said...

I've made Ina's pasta, as well. I liked it, but I truly think Nigel's was better!

And you're right; gorgonzola makes pretty much everything better.

At 6:23 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

This is a godsend... I've been trying to find a passable pasta/cheese dish that does not use velveeta. Sounds like this might be it!

At 7:01 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

It's a really good dish, Stephanie. And I know what you mean; Alex only wants to eat Annie's mac and cheese. He completely turns his nose up at any other kind. At least I can take heart in knowing it's organic...

At 3:46 AM, Blogger Niki said...

Wow - not only pasta, but 4 cheeses. Sooo good - especially with the gorgonzola. Love the stuff.
Looks like our posts are in sync again!


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