Friday, February 18, 2011

Penne with Five Cheeses

The other night, we had this dish.  All is can say is that - we couldn't say anything.  All we did was close our eyes, swoon and silently enjoy this dish for a couple of seconds before smiling in complete approval.  Can you tell that we thought it was delish?  Miss Sunshine LOVED it.  We had it for leftovers last night, and my son also loved it.  WHHAAATTT??  Yes, my son loved it too.  What can you expect?  It's cheese and pasta!  I added the brocolli after a lovely conversation with my mother in law who told me the best thing she ever ate was a pasta dish that had brocolli, mascarpone cheese and sundried tomatoes.  Okay, so this doesn't have mascarpone cheese or sundried tomatoes, but she got me thinking and I added the brocolli.  I'll have to experiment soon with the 3 ingredients she has planted with me.  I also changed the amount of cheeses and added more - a little more cheese never hurt anyone, right?

In the meantime, here is Penne with Five Cheeses!

Penne with Five Cheeses
Original recipe by Ina Garten, "Barefoot Contessa Family Style" cookbook, pg. 89
Recipe adapted by Kitchen Groovy

Kosher Salt
2 C heavy cream
1 C crushed tomatoes
3/4 C Pecorino Romano cheese, freshly grated
1 C Italian Fontina cheese, freshly shredded
1/2 C Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
2 T ricotta cheese (heaping tablespoons!)
1/4 lb. fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
1 C brocolli florets, chopped small
6 fresh basil leaves, chopped
1 lb. penne pasta (I used mini penne)
4 T unsalted butter, diced

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

Bring salted water to a boil in a stockpot.  Boil penne for about 6-7 minutes.

Combine all the ingredients except the penne and butter in a large mixing bowl - mix well. 

Drain pasta in a colander and add to the ingredients in the mixing bowl, tossing to combine. 

Place the mixture into a 9x13 baking dish and bake for about 20 minutes.

Can't wait to try it, can you?  I actually had enough leftover crushed tomatoes and cheeses, that I'll be using those ingredients to put together a pizza tonight :-)

Click here for a printable version of this recipe - Kitchen Groovy

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Enjoy and live with gusto!

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  1. Oh yes...the more cheese the better :) Looks fantastic!

  2. Oh my...that is so cheesy and look so so tasty!!!

  3. You had me at 5 cheese!I followed you from the foodieblogroll and I'd love to guide Foodista readers to your site. I hope you could add this penne widget at the end of this post so we could add you in our list of food bloggers who blogged about recipes using penne pasta,Thanks!

  4. This sounds delicious and oh, so warm and comforting, with the snow coming down right now. Thanks for visiting my blog. Glad to meet another blogger in the TC :)

  5. Anything with that much cheese has got to be good:)

  6. Oh my heavens...that cheesy gooey spoonful of pasta looks divine! I must make this. I like that you didn't skimp on any cheese here. Fontina and pecorino makes me very happy. I also like broccoli in pasta when not overcooked along with sundried tomatoes. Beautifully done!