This Gorgonzola sauce for pasta is a bit like a classic white wine sauce, only instead of being thickened with roux, like a velouté- or béchamel-based sauce, it's thickened solely with cream and the cheese itself, and by reducing it.
This makes it a rather magical sauce indeed, since most of the time you make a sauce, you have to make a roux, and so your guests will be astonished to see you whip up a sauce that holds together without having to go through the old flour-and-butter routine.
It occurs to me that this means that this sauce happens to be gluten-free, which is nothing to sneeze at these days.
Speaking of gluten, this sauce is amazing served with pasta, ravioli or gnocchi. But if gluten isn't your cup of tea, or if you simply love steak, this Gorgonzola sauce is a wonderful accompaniment for a grilled ribeye.
This Gorgonzola sauce is best made with aged Gorgonzola, which is drier and more crumbly, and a great deal more flavorful than the younger kind, because its flavors intensify as it ages.
Being a sauce for pasta, it's traditional to make it using Gorgonzola cheese. But there's no reason you can't use another variety of blue cheese, like Stilton, or Maytag, or Roquefort. Just be sure it's aged long enough for it to be crumbly and dry.
The extra moisture and butterfat in the younger cheeses can make it harder for the sauce to emulsify. And because there's no roux (which helps hold the liquid and the fat in a sauce together), the fat in the cheese can separate and cause it to curdle. That's why an older, less fatty cheese tends to work best.
- 2 cups heavy cream
- ½ cup dry white wine
- ½ cup chicken stock
- 4 oz. crumbly Gorgonzola cheese (about 1 cup)
- 2 Tbsp freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Grated nutmeg to taste
- In a large sauté pan, heat the cream, wine and stock over medium-high heat until it starts to bubble. Lower heat and simmer gently for 15 to 20 minutes or until the liquid has reduced by about one third.
- Add the Gorgonzola and Parmesan and stir until the Gorgonzola has melted and the cheeses are fully blended. Adjust consistency with additional cream if necessary.
- Season to taste with Kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper and freshly grated nutmeg. Go easy on the nutmeg, though, as too much can be overpowering. Serve right away.