Ziti with Caramelized Shallots, Spinach and Gorgonzola

Ziti with Caramelized Shallots, Spinach and Gorgonzola


  • tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 shallots – halved and sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • tbsp brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • lb ziti (or other) pasta
  • 150g baby spinach
  • 500g vine ripe tomatoes, chopped
  • tsp grated lemon rind
  • cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in large skillet over medium-low heat. Add shallots, garlic, sugar, pepper flakes and salt. Cook stirring occasionally, until caramelized and tender, about 16 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, bring large pot of salted water to boil. Add ziti and cook according to package directions, reserving about 11/2 cups water. Drain pasta and return to pot.
  3. Stir 1 cup of pasta water into shallots; remove from heat. Stir in spinach, tomatoes and lemon rind, just until spinach begins to wilt. Add to pasta, along with gorgonzola. Toss together and drizzle with remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add additional pasta water if needed.

Recipe: Goya.com