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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Rigatoni with Caramelized Onions and Gorgonzola

This month, we're featuring three-ingredient pastas to whip together for friends and family. (Just add wine!) Today, Lindsay from The Live-In Kitchen shares her recipe for this rich, melty combination of onions, garlic and cheese. Here's how she does it...
Rigatoni with Caramelized Onions, Garlic and Gorgonzola
by Lindsay Moe of The Live-In Kitchen


My family loves pasta, but I get tired of the old red sauce/white sauce debate. Rigatoni with caramelized onions, garlic and gorgonzola creates something completely out of the ordinary and delicious. I love how easily this flavorful pasta comes together. While it takes a little time to caramelize the onions, it’s mostly hands-off work and everything happens quickly.

Using a cast iron or stainless steel skillet will allow your onions to caramelize perfectly—you just won’t get the same outcome in a non-stick skillet. Make sure to reserve some of the pasta water, which you’ll use to deglaze the onion pan and create an almost invisible sauce that will adhere to the pasta. Gorgonzola can be a little salty, so you should wait until the dish is finished to add salt. These few simple ingredients melt together to create a truly rich, unique flavor.

Recipe: Rigatoni with Caramelized Onions, Garlic and Gorgonzola

What you need:

2 tbsp olive oil
3 small sweet onions
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 lb rigatoni
4 oz crumbled gorgonzola cheese
Coarse kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Heat olive oil in a large cast iron or stainless steel skillet over medium heat.

Cut the ends off the onions, remove outer skin, cut in half, then slice thinly from end to end. Add onions and garlic to the oil and stir to coat in oil. Reduce the heat to medium low and allow the onions and garlic to cook, barely sizzling and stirring every 5-10 minutes. The onions and garlic are done when they are soft and golden, 40-60 minutes. Do not allow the garlic to burn. If things are browning too quickly, reduce the heat slightly.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook rigatoni according to package directions. Just before you drain the pasta, reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Drain the pasta and return it to the pot.

Once the onions are completely caramelized, add 1/4 cup of the reserved pasta water to the pan, scraping up all the browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Stir until the onions have almost completely absorbed the water and add the gorgonzola cheese. Stir for about a minute or until the cheese just begins to melt. If the mixture looks dry at all you can add a bit more pasta water. Transfer the entire mixture to the pot with the pasta, making sure to get all of the oil and any browned bits off the bottom of the pan. Stir thoroughly to coat the pasta with the cheese, onions, and garlic. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Thank you so much, Lindsay!

P.S. More recipes, including roasted mushrooms and caesar salad with a twist. And for dessert, 15-minute chocolate pudding.

(Photos and recipe by Lindsay Moe. Thanks to Caroline Donofrio for helping with this series)

42 comments:

Melissa said...

Hey Jo!

It would be really helpful if you had a printable link for the recipes (just easy access and reference)... just a thought, unless you already have it and im blind.

LOVE this series btw :)

Ileana said...

Gosh, this looks amazing! I love simple pasta dishes.

Mimi Gabino said...

Add in some walnuts too! heaven

shruti kapoor said...

That looks delicious, am def. trying it this weekend. The onions and gorgonzola cheese combo is a killer. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

BarbaraG said...

I Loooove pasta dishes! Especially ones that are simple and delicious. Great post

xo,
Barbara

Mindy Lee said...

I'm trying this this weekend! I will post my results. It looks freakin' amazing!

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Becca said...

My goodness that sounds absolutely amazing. I love this month's theme Joanna, three ingredients is about all I can handle :-)

Rachel said...

That would be awesome!! I've come to a place finally (after four kiddos!) where I realize that good cooking really does not have to be complicated or multi-step to be absolutely delicious! I wish I trusted my own tastes and cooking skills earlier in life!

Wesley Verhoeve said...

Simple cooking is the best cooking! Looks great!

Wesley Verhoeve said...

Mmmmm! Simple cooking is the best cooking!

Patricia O'Shaughnessy said...

This looks so yummy. How I wish I ate carbs some days.

Joy said...

Yum! I'm gonna try this tonight.
Thanks!

Joanna Goddard said...

haha, me too becca :)

Caroline Towers said...

That sounds amazing! Yum!

Rachel said...

Sounds amazing, but my husband is not a fan of gogonzola. I'd love some reader suggestions for an alternative cheese. I like the idea of brie, but maybe not enough contrast to the onions....

Carmen Varner said...

This looks & sounds delightful. I really like the addition of Gorgonzola. It's an acquired taste but a taste a love. And you can't go wrong with caramelized onions. Yummy! :] // itsCarmen.com ☼

J. said...

Rigatoni is my favorite! So excited to try this!!

Thanks,
Jackie
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B.A.D I Blog About Design said...

So yummy! I'm getting hungry.

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Robyn said...

Dinner tonight!

girlnamedallyn said...

Gorgonzola is such a great cheese and packs such a punch. I hadn't thought about it much until a year or so ago when I had a carrot and gorgonzola salad with almonds and a simple citrus dressing. it kind of blew my mind.
This looks SO GOOD!

Unknown said...

Just a FYI directly from Italy. No Italian would ever salt a pasta dish after it's prepared. You salt the water in which you cook the pasta and the sauce accordingly. For example, if you're making a pesto pasta, you make sure not to over salt the pasta water, as the sauce is already salty on its own.

Kristen Scioli White said...

I am loving this pasta series! Have already made two (smoked salmon & tomato confit) and they are DIVINE! Definite Keepers!

Lauren @ Sassy Molassy said...

OMG this looks amazing. Must make.

AngieB said...

I often just do the caramelized onions, tossed with pasta, and add fresh grated park.....delicious! ThoughI will have to try w/gorgonzola one of these days too.

bisbee said...

I would also love suggestions for alternative cheeses...I just can't do Gorgonzola! Maybe fresh mozzarella?

jm said...

the ultimate comfort food - cant wait to try it.

glittercoatedlenses said...

How did you think of this recipe! YOu've inspired me to make this tonight! this is going to be my boyfriends new fave!

Joy said...

OK I made it and its fantastic! I added black olives and used Cabot cheddar cheese instead.

My toddler and husband loved it.

Thanks!

Joi J said...

I LOVE this recipe! I made the one you posted last week with the roasted veges and was amazed how quick and easy it was!
Can't wait to recreate this one- yum! I already sent my boyfriend the picture so let's hope my recreations turns out so pretty as well ;-)

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Mieke Beelen said...

Oh my god! this food looks amazing and so tasty! Hope you enjoyed it :-)

x
Mieke

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sarah sinclair said...

Looks delicious! Will have to have friends over to try this, I love a pasta dish!

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Kelly Tramontin said...

saw this recipe yesterday morning, made it last night, enjoying the leftovers (there weren't much) for lunch today. it was fabulous. thanks for sharing the recipe with us!

Calliope & Clio said...

Simple + Delish = can't go wrong with these ingredients, this weekend!
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Jennifer BNHblog said...

I LOVE this series---it's totally brilliant. I'm much more inclined to try the recipes since there's only three ingredients and I'm more likely to have them on hand. Trying this right now with blue cheese crumbles.

Tess Cameron said...

"Um yes please!" Perfect Friday night dinner for the pregnant lady! Yum. x

Tamsin Lim said...

Great recipe! I love the combination of gorgonzola and caramelised onions - sounds mouthwatering! Thanks for sharing :)

Tamsin xx | A Certain Adventure

Annelies said...

I adore the taste of gorgonzola (or any other blue cheese) but my family isn't that much of a fan. I've discovered that Cambozola works better for people who don't like blue cheese that is strong. It's a creamier, softer Italian blue cheese which always works great as a replacement for gorgonzola: you still have a blue cheese taste but it's not too much in your face. Trying out the recipe as we speak :)

paleyellow.net said...

What a lovely recipe for dinner! Caramelized onions and gorgonzola sound amazing together!

Charlson Lant said...

Hey Jo,

Just wanted to drop a line about how much I love your blog, especially the food series.

Question: I was wondering who cooks/photographs the food, and if you could maybe do a post or something on how to make food photography look nice (as yours does every time!)

Thanks,
Hannah

cheeky said...

i've had this pinned for awhile and finally made it tonight, so delicious! between bites, my husband was like "this is really good!" i added a little bacon and would add a little more gorgonzola next time.

Sofía said...

Looks delicious, I love pasta! And the combination with the gorgonzola cheese, delightful!

Em Aime said...

Thank you for this recipe! we tried it tonight, and it was delicious!!

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