Today is World Pasta Day, so let get down to a simple, but in my opinion delicious pasta dish that incorporates 2 different types of cheese as well as refreshing tomatoes with sage; Penne with Gorgonzola and Mozzarella. There is not much to day about this recipe, other than that it is one of our staple pasta dishes in our house.
I used to make it with ‘normal’ penne, but years ago I switched to whole grain and use that ever since for this particular recipe. As with every recipe, you can put your own mark on it, but a few suggestions, I would like to make.
I use shallots instead of regular onions; you only need a little bit to add a lot of flavor. I used butter instead of oil to brown the shallots, again for flavor reasons. Cream and creme fraiche instead of only cream or partly half-and-half. Less chance for curdling.
As far as the Mozzarella is concerned, I use the mozzarella balls, not the shredded low moisture mozzarella you see in the grocery stores. Advantages of the mozzarella balls is more flavor, but you will need to know that it can lump together. That is not a problem, just add a little bit of lemon juice and it is over. I would not use the buffala mozzarella, because you don’t really taste the difference and it is more expensive. As far as the low moisture mozzarella; it has little flavor and requires more liquid to keep the creamy sauce thin.
Last but not least, I prefer the Gorgonzola Dolce over the Mountain Gorgonzola or sharp Gorgonzola. Simply because it is softer in flavor and creamier, so it melts nicer.