Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Fettuccine with Fresh Figs, Chard, & Gorgonzola

The last of the figs (according to the farmers market vendor that had them today) surely deserves an auspicious send-off, and this recipe is a killer!

Garlicy chard, sweet fresh figs, creamy Gorgonzola, ribbons of fettuccine, studded with walnuts and lightly flavored with balsamic vinegar. This is one of those dishes that makes even the most modest of cooks pronounce themselves channeling some culinary genius.

The true delight is how wonderfully easy this recipe is...

Fettuccine with Fresh Figs, Chard, & Gorgonzola:

8 oz fettuccine
6 fresh figs, quartered
8-10 leaves of chard, stems removed, leaves torn
2 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2-3 oz Gorgonzola, crumbled
1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup walnut pieces

Cook fettuccine according to directions.

Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a pan and gently fry the minced garlic (without letting it brown). Add the torn chard leaves and cook over medium heat until just starting to wilt.

Add the cooked pasta, 1 tbsp olive oil, Gorgonzola and balsamic vinegar into the garlicy chard. Stir well and toss in walnut pieces. Serve with an intensely fruity Cabernet.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow ! looks very good, i never eat a fig (we dont have them here) but yours looks so juice and delicious yum!

4:30 AM  
Anonymous Tanna said...

I'm sold. Seems like it's got a little heaven in each bite: gorgonzola, balsamic vinegar, chard, walnuts, and garlic! What could be better. Killer!!

5:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Easy, but impressive. I am definitely going to book mark this one. It sounds like a great dish to serve to guests. IMPRESSIVE!!!!

11:30 AM  
Anonymous Ivonne said...

Oh, Catherine!


This is a definite must-try. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

8:07 PM  
Blogger christine said...

Catherine, you have magic way with ingredients and you have a winner here!

12:45 AM  
Blogger Jackie said...

What an amazing mixture, it sounds absolutely divine.

11:20 AM  
Blogger Catherine said...

Thanks to everyone for the compliments. I would definitely serve this to guests! Enjoy!

11:51 AM  
Anonymous jkornas said...

sounds yummy! i think i'll try it for christmas eve. i'm not much of a cook so maybe you could help me out. what is a chard? by the way in your description it stated you are a reader and also write. what type of books do you write? just wondered. i'm also an avid reader. i order from amazon, torquere press and booksamillion.

4:44 PM  

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