A creamy pungent Gorgonzola sauce lightly coats linguine, prosciutto and spinach in this easy pasta dish.
We just celebrated our anniversary. It has been 7 years since Laudalino and I met. I guess it is true, time flies when you are having fun as well as it stands still when you are with the one that you love. I still remember the first time I saw him; his boyish good looks, dark thick wavy hair, he had blue jeans on with brown shoes (yes, I am a shoe girl) and a brown and cream checked shirt; I instantly thought he was cute but thought, “brown?” He took me to dinner which I normally never did on a first date, I broke all rules of coffee or a drink, only on the first date. I knew, just from conversations and emails, that this would be different and half way through dinner, my heart felt the same!
This year for dinner I wanted to recreate the evening where I first cooked for him but creating the same meal. My friend, Evelyn, makes this outstanding linguine dish, that I made 7 years ago. I knew it would be the perfect meal, as I wanted to make something that would be simple and where I would be able to talk to him while cooking. He arrived with flowers and a bottle of wine. I started the evening with some Roquefort cheese, a baguette and a bottle of wine, while I prepared dinner. I remember us talking and laughing and just enjoying each other’s company. When it came time to sit down to eat, I reached around, to grab the remainder of the baguette to have with dinner. I reached and I reached ….. nothing! I could not believe this man had eaten an entire baguette, not even a crumb was left. We still laugh about it and how he can not stop, he has to finish everything, hence one reason you will very rarely find a leftover in our house!
Tonight we started with a nice french wine, Roquefort with truffle honey drizzled over and a baguette, well, half of a baguette. After 7 years I know better and I always hide the other half for dinner! Happy Anniversary to you Baby and to another glorious food filled 7 years! xx oo
Recipe: Linguine with Gorgonzola, Prosciutto & Spinach
1lb dried linguine- I used pappardella pasta
1lb fresh spinach
1/2 lb thinly sliced prosciutto, cut into 1/2″ pieces
2 tablespoons garlic
2 tablespoons fresh basil
2 tablespoons fresh oregano
3/4 olive oil
1/2 lb crumbled gorgonzola
kosher salt, to taste
fresh cracked pepper, to taste
1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
Boil linguine, until al dente. In a large skillet, cook prosciutto, garlic, basil and oregano in 1/2 cup oil over moderately high heat, stirring until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Drain pasta in colander. Return pasta to a kettle and toss with remaining 1/4 cup oil, prosciutto mixture, 1/2 of the spinach and gorgonzola. Season pasta with salt and pepper. Arrange the reserved spinach leaves on 4 plates. Mound pasta on spinach and sprinkle with pine nuts. Garnish with basil leaves and parmesan. Serve. Eat.