Ziti with Roquefort Sauce

You'll want nothing more with this full-flavored pasta than a green salad or, in season, plain sliced tomatoes.

  • Servings: 4
KEY: Italian, Pasta & Noodles, Side Dishes, Fast, Dinner

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  • 6 ounces Roquefort cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup canned low-sodium chicken broth or homemade stock
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
  • 3/4 pound ziti
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

How to make this recipe

  1. In a medium bowl, mash the Roquefort with a fork. Add the cream a little at a time, whisking, until the mixture is fairly smooth. Some lumps of cheese will remain.
  2. In a medium, stainless-steel saucepan, bring the chicken broth and the wine to a boil over moderate heat. Cook until reduced to 1/2 cup, about 5 minutes. Add the butter.
  3. Reduce the heat to moderately low and add the Roquefort mixture. Cook, stirring, until the sauce thickens slightly, about 3 minutes. Add the salt and pepper.
  4. In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the ziti until just done, about 12 minutes. Drain the pasta and toss with the Roquefort cream sauce, the Parmesan, and the parsley. Serve with additional Parmesan.

Suggested Pairing

Roquefort is tough to match with wine. We favor an acidic white, such as a Chenin Blanc from France's Loire Valley, or an acidic red, such as a young Dolcetto from the Piedmont region in Italy.

Photo © Evi Abeler Published May 2013

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