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Creamy 5-Ingredient Gorgonzola Orecchiette

This Creamy 5-Ingredient Gorgonzola Orecchiette is so simple, but FULL of flavor. Packed with crispy pancetta, and an easy creamy gorgonzola cream sauce, this rich dish comes together in less than 30 minutes.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword easy pasta recipes, gorgonzola pasta
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 893 kcal
Author Nicole


  • 1/4 lb pancetta cut into a small dice I buy this at the deli counter and have them slice it about 1/8-inch thick, then dice it myself
  • 3/4 lb whole-wheat orecchiette
  • 1 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 lb gorgonzola
  • 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Season liberally with salt. It should taste as salty as sea water. 

  2. Add pancetta to a large saute pan. Render the fat out of the pancetta over a medium heat until crispy. Drain on paper towels. 

  3. Add heavy cream to the pancetta fat, bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer until slightly thickened, about 5-6 minutes. 

  4. While the cream simmers, add the pasta to the boiling water. Cook until just under aldente. 

  5. Once the cream has thickened, crumble the gorgonozola into the sauce, and add 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper. Whisk until melted. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the pasta to the sauce. Toss in the sauce and continue to cook until the pasta is aldente and has soaked up some of the sauce. If necessary, add a tablespoon or so of pasta water to the sauce to loosen it up. 

  6. Add the cooked pancetta back to the pan, toss. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 

Nutrition Facts
Creamy 5-Ingredient Gorgonzola Orecchiette
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 893 Calories from Fat 531
% Daily Value*
Fat 59g91%
Saturated Fat 33g206%
Cholesterol 183mg61%
Sodium 628mg27%
Potassium 396mg11%
Carbohydrates 67g22%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 1747IU35%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 235mg24%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.