Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 1 pound gemelli pasta or other short cut pasta

  2. Salt

  3. 1 pound ground veal

  4. 1 egg

  5. 2 cloves garlic , finely chopped

  6. 6 to 8 sage leaves, finely chopped, a couple of tablespoons

  7. 1/2 cup bread crumbs , a couple of handfuls

  8. 1/3 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

  9. 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg, eyeball it

  10. Ground black pepper

  11. Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling

  12. 3/4 cup chopped walnuts , divided

  13. 2 tablespoons butter

  14. 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  15. 1/2 cup dry white wine

  16. 1 cup chicken stock

  17. 1 cup cream

  18. 1 cup Gorgonzola , crumbled

  19. 3 to 4 cups (1 bunch) arugula or baby spinach, cleaned and trimmed

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

  2. Place water on to boil for pasta. When it comes to a boil, salt the water and cook pasta to al dente . Drain.

  3. While pasta is working, place veal in a mixing bowl and add to it the egg, garlic, sage, bread crumbs, cheese, nutmeg and salt and pepper, to taste. Drizzle a little extra-virgin olive oil into the bowl, mix and roll small 1-inch balls. Arrange balls in a single layer on a nonstick cookie sheet and bake 8 to 10 minutes in a hot oven until meat is golden and firm.

  4. Toast the walnuts and place them into a food processor . Grind the walnuts and reserve.

  5. In a deep skillet over medium heat melt butter. Whisk flour into butter and cook a minute then whisk in wine and reduce by half. Whisk in stock, when it bubbles and begins to reduce, stir in the cream and reduce heat to medium low. Simmer to thicken the sauce a bit, 2 to 3 minutes, melt in the Gorgonzola and stir in the ground walnuts then season the sauce with pepper, to taste, and maybe a pinch of salt.

  6. Shred the greens into thin strips.

  7. Toss the pasta with the sauce. Serve pasta garnished and topped with a generous mound of greens to mix in as you are eating.


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