Penne Gorgonzola with Chicken

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Photo by my husband!

After a stressful day at work, the mere thought of having to cook dinner is exhausting.  It’s nights like these that I like to have a few simple dinner ideas up my sleeve.  You know…the ones that you can usually pull together from basic ingredients in your pantry and the ones that don’t make a kitchen full of dirty dishes.

This recipe for Penne Gorgonzola with Chicken promised to be one of those recipes.  It looked pretty similar to one of my favorite dishes — Chicken Pasta Primavera.  I must have clipped this recipe from a magazine, but I’m not sure which one — probably a Taste of Home.

By the time I started cooking dinner, it was 6:30 PM.  I was starving, so I was hoping that this new recipe would taste as good as it sounded.  There was no way I would be able to make a back up dinner if this didn’t work.  It was this, or cereal.

The Recipe

1 package penne pasta (cooked according to package directions)
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 large clove of garlic, minced
1/4 cup white wine
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup chicken broth
2 cups (8 oz) Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
6-8 fresh sage leaves, thinly sliced
Salt and pepper to taste
In a large skillet over medium heat, brown chicken on all sides in oil.  Add garlic and cook for 1-minute more.  Add wine and loosen any bits on bottom of pan.

Add cream and broth and cook until slightly thickened and chicken is no longer pink.  Stir in Gorgonzola cheese, sage,salt and pepper.  Cook just until cheese is melted.

Drain pasta and toss with sauce.  Top with grated Parmesan cheese.

Variations

When I made this dish, I added steamed broccoli to the mix.  I steamed the broccoli separately and added it when I tossed the pasta with the sauce.   This made a great 1 dish meal, complete with vegetables!

I used whole grain pasta since we prefer the texture and extra body and I used 2 cloves of garlic (we are garlic junkies!).

Also, my husband does not like Gorgonzola cheese.  So, to make everyone happy, I kept the Gorgonzola out of the sauce.  I put the Gorgonzola in separate bowl, added some of the hot cream sauce and stirred until the cheese was melted.  I then added the pasta and broccoli and tossed until evenly coated.

Was it a keeper?

LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!  Fast and delicious.  Does it get any better than that?  I think next time I’ll also add steamed carrots and peas, in addition to the broccoli!   And, I think I think I’ll use Half and Half to cut some of the fat out.

I can’t wait to make this dish again!

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34 thoughts on “Penne Gorgonzola with Chicken”

  1. I’m def bookmarking this awesome recipe. I work full time also, and pasta dishes are just the easiest! Comfort food too! Thank you for sharing, although I have a feeling I’ll be using pre cooked chicken. 😉

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    • I’ve used pre-cooked chicken in this recipe and it works beautifully! Makes an easy dish even easier!!! Enjoy!

      Thanks for stopping by and be sure to come back soon! Happy New Year! 🙂

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  2. I LOVE gorgonzola cheese and I love pasta–this is definitely going in the “to-try” file. Thank you so much for offering Food on Fridays readers this delicious dish. It looks like it would be nice enough for company and a very special weeknight treat. I love that it’s fast and simple, regardless of who’s going to eat it.

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  3. Anything with gorgonzola would do it for me and this sounds just delicious! Thank you so much for linking it up to Inspiration Friday and I hope you have a fabulous New Year!
    Vanessa

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  4. such a gorgeous photo to go with an amazing recipe. i think i would just ooze into comfort after a long day with a meal like this. i can almost taste the joy! thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club!

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  5. Also – I wanted to mention – when making pasta and steaming veggies, I just put the veggies in the colander, place it over the boiling pasta, with a lid to cover, then use the same colander to drain the pasta. No extra dishes!

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  6. Ha! I have a leftover chicken breast from a rotisserie chicken, a bag of cubed gorgonzola from Christmas, some leftover penne from yesterday, and “ice cubes” of frozen chopped herbs from summer. Guess what I’m having for dinner tonight, after a long day at work?

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  7. Looks delicious! I’m thrilled to have just found your blog through a Tasty Tuesdays Linky! It’s nice to meet you and I’m excited to peruse what you’ve shared!

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  8. Well I didn’t know how hungry I was until I read this recipe – I can tell it is a keeper! Thanks for sharing it with the hearth and soul hop!

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  9. I hear you on not wanting to cook after a long day at work. Usually I end up eating some random thing in the house because I don’t want to do a thing!

    This recipe sounds delicious! Definitely on the list of foods to try. Thanks!

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  10. This looks delicious! I’m definitely going to have to try this when the weather cools down! It looks like it would be awesome on a cold Happy Valley night this fall!

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