Whole Wheat Pasta with Pears, Walnuts and Gorgonzola Cheese

by Erica Dinho on July 12, 2012

Whole Wheat Pasta with Pears, Walnuts and Gorgonzola Cheese

Whole Wheat Pasta with Pears, Walnuts and Gorgonzola Cheese is a recipe that has been kicking around my head for a while and I’m so excited to finally be sharing it with all of you. It’s always a joy to share something that turned out even better than I had anticipated!

It’s versatile and easy to toss together, which makes it a great weeknight dish. Buen provecho!



(4-6 servings)

  • 1 pound of whole grain rotini or other short pasta
  • 3 tablespoon of butter
  • 3 Asian or Bosc pears, halved, cored and cut into small pieces
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of finely chopped onions
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 1 cup of gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, lightly toasted
  • 1 bunch small leaved arugula, stems removed
  • 4 fresh basil leaves, chopped


  1. Bring salted water to a boil in a large pot. Add the pasta and cook according to the package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the pear and lemon juice, and toss to coat the pear evenly to prevent them from turning brown.
  3. In a sauté pan over medium-high heat, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter. Add the pears and sugar and caramelize. Set pears aside on a plate.
  4. Add the remaining butter and onions and saute until tender. Add the cream and reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 1 minute. Add 1/2 a cup of the cheese and whisk until smooth, about 1 minute more. Remove from the heat and season with salt and pepper.
  5. dd the pears, walnuts, arugula and basil and stir. Drain the pasta in a colander, add to the sauce and toss well. Add the remaining cheese and serve immediately.
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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ivy July 12, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Sounds delicious Erica. Must try it soon.


2 Belinda @zomppa July 12, 2012 at 11:31 AM

What a fantastic combination – hearty walnuts and that sweet-tartness…dinner tonight?


3 Joanne July 12, 2012 at 12:10 PM

I’m really started to like pears, especially when cooked. I know I’d adore them in this pasta!


4 ruth July 12, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Really like this.Very healthy and extremely tasty!


5 Jeannie July 14, 2012 at 12:43 AM

I’m not a pear eater but this recipe certainly looks delicious enough to tempt me to try!


6 Erica July 30, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Thank you, guys!


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