Most gals yearn for chocolate. Put me in the “yes” category on that one. Romantic dinner for two? The occasion definitely calls for pasta. Combine these two ingredients for a romantic Valentine’s Day and wha-la! Chocolate Pasta with Gorgonzola Cream Sauce.
Chocolate pasta? Say what? Did you do a double take?
Okay, I may have lost it this time. Chocolate with cheese? Why not? It certainly works on cheese boards, so why not in one hot bowl for me and my lover?
I’ve been harboring this package of chocolate pasta for a while now all in anticipation of Valentine’s Day. The moment I laid eyes on it while roaming the eyes of Home Goods (I find so many unexpected finds there!) my synapses snapped.
Chocolate. Spunky cheese. Cream. A few really good ingredients to make a really great dish. My head was in forward motion. My recipe practically wrote itself as I was standing in the gourmet foods aisle.
But then this recipe almost didn’t see the light of day.
I nearly forgot all about it until I was scrounging around my noodles / rice / grains / soups / Smudge’s-collection-of-straws-of-every-size drawer and upon my rediscovery shouted BINGO like I was a senior citizen at a low-brow Las Vegas casino. And yes, I’ve already gotten my start on the pro-bingo circuit, and truth be told, it’s HARD! Those old Bettys move fast.
I really need to organize that drawer. It’s volcanic eruption-like ways is totally stressing me out.
The salty Gorgonzola melts into the creamy roux sauce to creates a velvety layer of lushness and a decadent dinner for two. Maybe two for dinner and two for lunch. Or four for dinner. Either way, this sauce drizzled on the pasta with a sprinkling of nuts puts you on your way to Cupidtown.
About the recipe:
The flavor of chocolate is actually pretty mild. So leave your notions of chocolate shake flavored cheesy noodles at the door. This is far more sophisticated than that. *wink.
I used this brand of chocolate pasta and I really liked it. It was sturdy and toothsome and held up well with the sauce. If you can’t find a store-bought brand of chocolate pasta (I admit, they aren’t easy to come by) try making your own, like this recipe for chocolate pasta dough, and serve it linguine or fettuccine style. Or if you’re feeling extra ambitious for your love, cut the pasta into rounds and stuff with 1 cup of ricotta mixed with 1 egg and make yourself some raviolis.
Can’t find gorgonzola? Try a mild blue cheese instead. Gorgonzola is the Italian version of the French Blues, so they are nearly interchangeable. I like this brand or check with your local cheesemonger for recommendations.
Don’t care for the flavors of Blue cheeses at all? Sub the blues with Parmesan for a neutral but creamy cheese flavor.
Toasted walnuts or hazelnuts can be used instead of pistachios. Just don’t leave them out, the added crunch makes a favorite addition to this recipe and balances out the creaminess.
If the sauce is too thick add a tablespoon of milk at a time until you reach the consistency you and your thumping heart desire. This can be a pretty rich sauce if it cooks too long so keeping it velvety is the key.
- 8 ounces chocolate pasta
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 cup non-fat milk
- ½ cup cream
- 4 ounces gorgonzola
- ½ cup pistachios, chopped
- Parmesan cheese for garnish
- Chocolate shavings for garnish
- Cook pasta in UN-salted water according to package directions or until al denté. Drain.
- While pasta is cooking, melt the butter in a sauce pan over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk constantly until smooth, and cook for about 3-4 minutes or until mixture turns golden.
- Add milk and cream and whisk until sauce begins to thicken, about 4 minutes. Add the gorgonzola and stir to melt. If sauce is too thick, add more milk, 1 tablespoon at a time until you get the right thickness.
- Place pasta in bowls and drizzle with gorgonzola cream sauce, top with a handful of pistachios and sprinkle with parmesan and chocolate shavings. Serve immediately.
Pasta at home is an easy way to melt your favorite valentine’s heart. Cooking a homemade dinner shows you really do care. The fact that you thought about it, planned it and that you invested the time you could have spent getting a pedicure or shoe shopping on THEM. Boy, they’re lucky ducks.
Following are a few more pasta-themed recipes to desire.
Serve with a simple green salad and round out dinner with something from my list of 55 valentine desserts and drinks here. As always, Pin away, but please click through to the original source.
Easy Homemade Ravioli
Yummy Mummy Kitchen / recipe here
Another high five for Gal-entines celebrations because that’s where Marina discovered making ravi-s with wonton wrappers.
Lobster Fra Diavolo
A Spicy Perspective / recipe here
Sommer is covering all of her heart-stopping, jaw-dropping bases when she pairs two totally romantic ingredients that prove not only your love, but your cooking bravery.
Simple Baked Risotto
The Clever Carrot / recipe here
Dinner with your lovahhh means stirring his or her pot, not the one on the stove. And that my friends, is why you have to try Emilie’s baked version.
Pasta with Creamy Roasted Beet Sauce
Bell’alimento / recipe here
Paula has a secret. No dyes. All-natural. Roasted beets are the secret to this lover-ly, lusciously red be still my heart pasta.
One Pan Coconut Shrimp Noodle Bowls
Bev Cooks / recipe here
One pan + two brand spankin’ new babies = Bev is making sure she has a little extra time to spend with her loves this v-day.
Caio e Pepe
Inspiralized / recipe here
Hand over heart, Ali has created the best / prettiest / flavor bursting pasta alternative for gluten-free food lovers I’ve seen. I mean, it has cheese and bacon in it. arrow. right. through. heart.
Roasted Red Pepper and Goat Cheese Alfredo
Lauren’s Latest / recipe here
Look at that lusty red sauce clinging to lovely strands of pasta that will make Lady and the Tramp jealous. Lauren, we thank you for your roasted red pepper obsession.
Spaghetti with Creamy Butternut Leek Parmesan Sauce
Skinny Taste / recipe here
Cooking in the kitchen is like finding love: you never know when to expect a happy surprise. Gina delivers a serious valentine.
Seared Scallops with Whole Wheat Pasta and Kale
A Thought for Food / recipe here
Brian looks for balance both in life and in his eating habits. Looks like he’s found love in all the right places.
Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Balsamic-Sage Brown Butter
Aida Mollenkamp / recipe here
If my Valentine surprised me with this dish, I know he’d be in for a lucky night. What? What? Just one kiss. Come on people…
Enough time researching, let’s get to some pasta business. Get thee to the store and then into the kitchen to spend some one on one time with your valentine / Galentine / four-legged snuggler.
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