Penne Gorgonzola with Chicken Recipe
- 1 package (16 ounces) penne pasta
- 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 large garlic clove, minced
- 1/4 cup white wine
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/4 cup chicken broth
- 2 cups (8 ounces) crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
- 6 to 8 fresh sage leaves, thinly sliced
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and minced fresh parsley
- 1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, brown chicken in oil on all sides. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add wine, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan.
- 2. Add cream and broth; cook until sauce is slightly thickened and chicken is no longer pink. Stir in the Gorgonzola cheese, sage, salt and pepper; cook just until cheese is melted.
- 3. Drain pasta; toss with sauce. Sprinkle with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and parsley. Yield: 8 servings.
1-1/4 cups (calculated without Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese) equals 489 calories, 23 g fat (14 g saturated fat), 97 mg cholesterol, 453 mg sodium, 43 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 26 g protein.
Reviews for Penne Gorgonzola with Chicken
"Gorgonzola cheese is too strong a flavor"
"This was amazing! My only changes were half&half and dried sage, as this is what I had on hand. I used the full amount of gorgonzola, and it was delicious!"
"If I could give this zero stars I would. It was too overpowered by the cheese and was not edible for my family. I'm usually very good at making recipes this was A complete waste of time and money ."
"Just made this and it was so yummy!! Boyfriend loved it too. Definitely recommend if you feel like eating a hearty rich cheesy delicious meal. Next time I will cut back on the gorgonzola just a bit, maybe 6 instead of 8 ounces. Thanks for the recipe!"
"Loved it! I used Vermouth instead of opening a new bottle of wine, and I substituted with fresh mozzarella. Cheesy, Creamy Goodness. Yum!!"
"Ooo, this is our kind of a pasta/chicken dish, sine we love pasta, & any kind of blue cheese! I used (whole wheat) penne 'rigati', since the little ridges on the pasta help the sauce stick to it. I substituted half & half for whipping cream, in order to keep down some of the fat calories. I had Chardonnay wine on hand, so I used that. The fresh sage (which is my favorite herb) added a lovely flavor and aroma to this dish, and the grated cheeses paired very nicely with this dish. I used 2 cloves of finely minced garlic, and lower sodium chicken broth.... and my dish was still very delicious. I served it with a garden salad and garlic bread. I'll definitely make this again."
"I used to make this often but somehow forgot about it. Thanks for this recipe. I cannot imagine altering it unless it would be to add a bit of vodka. : ) If good Gorgonzola is used, the 2 cups are fine. The sage is a genius touch as I usually us fresh basil. This is fine for penne and the larger pasta elements that do not need so much sauce poured over them. The sauce clings to this kind of pasta very well. The Gorgonzola really shines through. Anyone who loves this cheese will love this dish."
"This was very tasty. I changed it up some by using dried spices and whole wheat pasta. I'll definitely be making this again!"
"Sorry....we weren't crazy about this. I like the blue cheese flavor in salad dressing, but somehow not with the other ingredients here. I didn't use all the gorgonzola called for. It was also too salty. I couldn't locate any fresh sage leaves ,either. Don't know if that would have made much difference."
"I followed the other reviewers' recommendation to use only 1 cup of gorgonzola but otherwise followed the recipe as is. I served it with a garden salad and garlic bread. My family really enjoyed it."
"Using ONE cup of gorgonzola was plenty. The taste was very, very good. It's also very easy to prepare, once you've done the prep work of chopping the garlic, cutting up the sage, and cubing the chicken. This got raves from my husband and adult daughter and son-in-law. Good enough for company! Easy enough for week night dinners. I'll be making it again soon."
"This has become a favorite in our house! We have used both gorgonzola and crumbled blue cheese - they both work great!"
"This was really great. There is a mistake in the recipe though. It calls for 2 cups gorgonzola and in parenthesis it states 8oz. So I just put in one cup. I think anymore would have been overpowering. I will make this again. If you don't like blue cheese then you wont like this recipe. Also, the sauce thickened as it cooled. I think this would be great with steak pieces instead of chicken since blue cheese and steak go so well together."
"i love pasta and really freak out on good strong cheeses,so by addng these two together is a match to send me into an orbit of pasta paradise."
"This meal was great for the family we all loved it but we did change the recipe a little instead of 2 cups of gorgonzola we used on cup and one cup of mozzarella but if we did add two cups of gorgonzola it would have been to strong."
"I made the recipe as written. It was creamy and looked nice but my family's taste wasn't for the bitter edge that came from the Gorgonzola and sage. This was our first experience with both. I'd like to try again with half mozzarella, a different herb and I like Melissa's idea of adding broccoli to lighten the whole experience."
"Flavor was ok. I felt the sauce to be too runny. I added broccoli , and used half and half to cut the calories."
"I made this recipe with 2 lbs. of chicken instead of one, only because I'd defrosted the chicken. Other than that, I made it exactly as written and it was delectable. It was loved by everyone in the house! WIll definitely make again."
"My guy loved it!!"
"I enjoyed this. I used leftover chicken (already cooked), fresh basil, garlic and just a fraction of the gorgonzola. I used a little Feta too. This recipe would be good with or without chicken."
"Skipped the white wine & the parsley - some critter ate the fresh parsley growing on my patio. Ate my chives, too. This tastes soooooo good, made for hubby. UPDATE: Don't add salt as it is salty enough & hubby said it was too weird tasting for him. Rats."
"I make this often.i have substituted smoked Gouda for the Gorgonzola and it is also very good. It is a keeper!"
"While the texture was perfect, the flavor was very, very rich. Too rich for my family. My mother-in-law liked it, I thought it was ok. My husband and children hated it. I probably won't make again."
"This is awesome! I did use a little less Gorgonzola. The package I had was only 5 ounces, but I think that was enough. This is totally delicious. The fresh sage really adds to it."
"I'm not a blue cheese fan but this was wonderful. My whole family loved it! I did leave out the sage leaves but I was brave and cooked it with the full amount of Gorgonzola. It was delicious. But if you're skittish about blue cheese you certainly could do a half & half thing with some mozzarella or another cheese. Or substitute it altogether. I think the overall experience would be just as good."
"Everyone enjoyed it, but personally, I felt the Gorgonzola was a little overpowering. I think if I make it again, I'll do half the Gorgonzola and then add in another type of cheese."
"It was easy, quick and made a nice presentation. We don't like sage so I omitted it. I also added mushrooms and real bacon pieces. We liked it but thought it would be MUCH better with smoked Gouda instead of the Gorgonzola, which taste too much like blue cheese for our taste."
"This was pretty good, but I think next time, I will put half the cheese in and double the wine"
"Truly, this recipe is nothing more than a glorified mac & cheese, with chicken added! It is flavorful. I used more wine instead of chicken broth. I wasn't going to open a can of chicken broth for only 1/4 cup! That's just wasteful! The recipe was worth a try, but I would not make it again."
"Absolutely amazing. Love this recipe as does my entire family, even the kids. Made it as-is with no changes or substitutions -there's no need tweak this one. Delicious beyond measure. Don't skip the pamigianno-reggiano cheese, it's more expensive but is an incredible final touch. Warm up some garlic bread and toss a salad and you'll impress anyone at your table."
"My husband is a blue cheese fan, so I was thrilled to find this recipe! It's delicious!"
"I have made this many times and it's always wonderful. Does not do well as a leftover, though, even with extra cream added when re-warming."
"My fiancee and I make a new rush for dinner every Monday and are we glad we chose this one. Absolutely delicious! We changed things up a bit and used Goat cheese instead...another great choice! Plus we made garlic bread. This dish is simple and very yummy. Its a little on the heavier side but its such a treat!"
"My fiancee and I make a new rush for dinner every Monday and are we glad we chose this one. Absolutely delicious! We changed things up a bit and used Goat cheese instead...another great choice! Plus we made garlic bread. This dish is simple and very yummy. Its a little on the heavier side but is such a treat!"
"This recipe is a favorite with my husband & son. Super flavorful! Very easy to make. Always a hit!!!"
"My husband and son loved this. Could not find gorgonzola cheese here so I used mozarella instead. Had great flavor. On my favorite recipe list."
"I did like this recipe and would make it again, but...I used half the gorgonzola and more parmesan in the actual sauce. I also used just half the sage. It was just...too gorgonzola-y! I know, I know, it's called Penne Gorgonzola, but yikes! Maybe next time even less gorgonzola..."
"I thought this was really good but I didn't make it exactly as written. I didn't have chicken stock so I used 1/4 cup water and only had 1 cup gorgonzola. I used only 5 smaller sage leaves. I would make it again the same way I did."
"This recipe had an amazig flavor. I am not a fan of any type of blue cheese, but this was absolutely delicious. I didn't have chicken broth on hand and I forgot to buy it at the store, so I added a little more wine and it worked out perfectly! The flavor was amazing and my boyfriend loved it. I will defintely make this again and it's also a great dish to make for guests!"
"Oh my - trouble for a diet, but SO yummy. Perfect for date night!"
"This is so easy to make and enjoyed by everyone"
"I don't see how this recipe won any awards.I made this as written, but it was very bland. Nothing exciting about it. Two cups of Gorgonzola is way too much and the sage leaves too much of a "Thanksgiving" taste.Considering how they have changed this magazine (for the worse), I am not surprised that the quality of the recipes has deteriorated as well. I will stick with Everyday Food recipes from now on."
"I give this 4 stars, but I did alter it a little. We used 1/2 and 1/2 instead of cream and boiled it a little longer, but it worked out very nicely. Also we used only 4 oz of bleu cheese and added some mozz cheese instead of the full amount of gorgonzola. The amount requested in the recipe is way too strong for my taste. I'd rather have the bleu cheese be a hint than cover all the other flavors."
"I have made this for years now, its one of my husbands favorites. I add onion and sometimes have used feta cheese and it works great! yum, love this dish :)"
"I toned down the Gorgonzola cheese a bit, but this was an excellent recipe!"
"I made this with Cheeder/colby cheese mix it was really good. I didn't really care for Gorgonzola cheese,but I did like it this way....."
"Served because I love italian and saw this in your magazine. Loved it so much. We will continue to serve. Having 15 over for sit down dinner on Friday night and I am serving this...Yummy. Cost a bit to prepare but oh my goodness...."
"I agree with dinglefritz. My husband and I have never tried Gorgonzola cheese before, and found it to be truly awful! The smell itself was overpowering, and the taste was worse (and I only used 1/2 of the amount of the cheese called for). This recipe is not for those of us who prefer mild cheese!"
"I used whole grain penne and not salt. It was absolutely fabulous."
"I just made this recipe I could not find the Gorgonzola cheese so i use parmigiano-reggiano and my cheese clumb together did I not cook the sauce long enough."
"Very good, but a little dry. I would probably add more liquids to it next time for a more creamy sauce. I also changed to cheese to use fresh mozzerali instead of the Gorgonzola as my family does not like strong cheese. I would make it again."
"wonderful!!! even my picky eaters really gobbled this up! great flavor!"
"I have an upscale restaurant nearby that serves a very similar version of this. The only differences are that they add a bit of spinach and peas to their's. It is my favorite go to dish when we go there!! I love this recipe! As for calories and other issues, I don't get this often...like someone else said, only in moderation!! I'm glad this recipe won...its delicious!! :)"
"Oh garay, we all want to eat at your house, I'm sure a good time would be had by all....NOT"
"used mozzarella cheese. very good"
"There used to be a restaurant here in Dallas that made this and called it "Penne From Heaven". It's to die for! I always wanted the recipe. I'll be making this very soon!"
"Simple to make and nice flavor. Definitely a winner!"
"This was very delicious. I did add frozen peas to this recipe and my family loved it."
"My family like this recipe. I will make this again"
"The next time I make this I will use on half of the gorgonzola cheese and add veggies either broccoli or asparagus. I will sometimes use feta cheese and Gorgonzola."
"I followed this recipe to the letter and I was completely disappointed with this recipe. The gorgonzola was overpowering to the point of being bitter. You could use 1/2 the amount and still get the gorgonzola flavor without it taking over (and reduce the fat at the same time). We couldn't even taste the sage! I am blown away that this dish won an award."
"I followed the recipe exactly, except I used half and half instead of whipping cream. The sauce still worked well and thickened up nicely.Next time around, I'll definitely be adding veggies - I think fresh, sliced baby portabellas and spinach will be good addtions. Maybe asparagus as well.Definitely avoid this dish or substitute another cheese if you don't care for gorgonzola (which is much like blue cheese). The flavor is strong. Feta may be good, and is a bit milder."
"Fabulous dish! I made this dish for my wife's birthday doubling the recipe, and also added fresh mushrooms and broccoli. I also served it with a choice of three breads; three cheese bread, a black olive bread, and a sun dried tomato bread) with Parmigiano - Reggiano butter.It would taste good with any of the vegetables others recommended. Not sure about peas though and served as a side along with a pork tenderloin.If one does not like Gorgonzola cheese and extra sharp provolone cheese might work. Since everyones plate is different I would recommend one go a place that deals in nothing but cheese and taste the different varieties of Gorgonzola cheeseoffered. One might find the one appropriate for their palate. Some are milder and stronger than others."
"Also used 1/2 fontina cheese, and 1/2 provolone and it was fabulous"
"I lightened up with half & half, and would add in 1 or 2 cups of broccoli for veggies and color."
"Never tasted gorgonzola cheese before. I hope I never taste it again. It's like bleu cheese on steroids, and I don't care for bleu cheese. Who - again - Who - voted this the best recipe? NASTY."
"This pasta dish was fantastic! Rich and creamy. The gorgonzola adds so much flavor."
"I guess if Im not a fan of one of the main ingredients of a recipe Im just not going to make that dish, but I certainly wouldnt be rude enough to then give the recipe a low rating??? Wow, no intelligence there huh?"
"Easy recipe but packs alot of flavor. Everyone loved it and so this is a keeper for sure."
"Sorry to break the trend, but if you aren't a LOVER of gorgonzola - this is awful. Followed the directions exactly - no substitutes. We thought we liked this cheese, but it will be a looong time before I have it again."
"Used Feta Cheese, ground sage and wheat penne pasta. Great!"
"Outstanding meal. Also made it without the chicken & served as a side along mesquite-smoked pork tenderloin--the strong cheese stood up great alongside the smoked loin"
"Very, very delicious! My guests raved!"
"This dish needed some additional vegetable, Peas, perhaps. It was tasty, however. Could be good with roasted pork as well"
"Great quick and easy dish! I was cooking for my two year old son so I only added half of the gorgonzola - he devoured it! I also added sliced mushrooms, yum!"
"Absolutely heavenly!! I added asparagus. Even my 10 month old grandson loved this recipe."
"My family loved this!! I left out the sage leaves, however, as we do not care for it. I also crushed Ritz crackers, mixed them with melted butter, and baked in oven for several minutes. Then I sprinkled the crumbs over the pasta before serving. DELICIOUS!!!"
"I love gorgonzola, but not all my family members do. I've substituted parmesan reggiano and the results are milder, more kid-friendly."
"George, What other cheese(s) can you recommend that would be just as good as the Gorgonzola in this recipe? I've never heard of that cheese and from reviews it's quite strong/sharp. Any subs that would taste as good, or almost as good, would be appreciated. =)"
"I just tried this recipe and I LOVED it., But hubby isn't as fond of gorgonzola cheese as I am and the thought it too strong. Anyone have an substitute suggestions?"
"Re: Congratulations, not only for winning, but for a great dish. My family just loves this. The other night I made it with grilled chicken breast, then cut them into strips and followed the rest of the recipe. It was great. Thank you for such a great dinner. Jimid"
"Congratulations!! I voted for you too. Great recipe!"
"Congratulations!!! I voted for this recipe also...it's nice that a fellow NJ resident won!!! The recipe is delicious..something different. I am not a huge fan of gorgonzola cheese but it totally makes the dish!"
"this recipe looks exactly what I am looking for...... something new and delicious."
"I agree, this recipe looks really tasty! It was between this and the asian ribs, but I'm not big on sweet stuff, and the italian dish looked too labor intensive, so this one was my pick for winner."
"like with any recipe you could change it to your taste,ie: a little less cheese. this is a great recipe for myself and very tasty"
"The recipe looked good on paper, but it did not turn out well out all. There was way too much cheese and the sauce was not at all creamy. The sauce hardened and clumped up as the pasta cooled. It was also way to pungent with all the Gorgonzola. We couldn't eat it as was (covering it with red sauce made it edible). I'm almost thinking that the quantity of ingredients listed is off, but as is, I can't recommend this recipe."
"Gorgonzola chicken has my vote. yum, yum."
"Hmmm. I just checked all the comments. Someone needs to settle down. So what! I love this recipe. I submitted many myself too, but none of mine made it through. I wish this one a lot of luck! I think that one really wants to try it too!"
"Excellent. I am voting for this one!"
"Garay, Now we have heard from you twice on this. For a recipe that you are not interested in, you sure are giving it a lot of attention - I think that you might secretly want to try it because it sounds so, so good! No trying to be mean to you; just lighten up a little bit! :)"
"I Love gorgonzola, I am going ttry this next weekend."
"It looks delicious! The ingredients sound delicious also. Although I don't cook with alcohol. The rest looks wonderful.Christine M."
"Re: I agree 100% with Lynn G. Gorgonzola Penne with Chicken sounds great. And I also can't wait to try it. Cindy B."
"This sound great, and quite easy. I can't wait to try it."
"Well, this is the one that I want to try. Sounds like a great recipe. Good job George! I love a great Gorgonzola Sauce!"
"The recipe sounds delicious. I choose to respect you and your recipe. For those who don't, I hope your life isnt always so bitter. Bitterness can cut your life short."
"I think the recipe is awesome. I see no need to be critical...if you don't like it - don't try it and don't vote for it. I tried it and it was Yummy!!! :-) "
"I totally agree with you garay. The nutrition content is unreal. As far as mommysunshine6 comment after you ate a meal like that you would not be able to eat for the rest of the week. Healthy recipes please, I do want to live a long life.Susan C"
"Garay, What are you, the food police? One meal isn't going to kill your family! As they say....everyhting in moderation! Live a little!"
"I would never serve my family a dish that contains 23 grams of fat, 14 saturated fat. Did you chose three of these finalists' recipes for the caloric, fat content?"
"I voted for this recipe because there used to be a hotel restaurant here in Dallas that had this on their menu and they called it "Penne From Heaven". I used to get it all the time and it's to die for! So glad I found the recipe!"
"I voted for this one in the contest for two reasons. One - it tasted good! Second - it was the only recipe of the 4 with ingredients that I had in my house. The only special purchase was the Gorgonzola. The other three recipes required multiple products purchased just for the recipes. For me - that defeats the purpose of down home cooking!"
Full-Bodied White Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.