The classic Piedmontese fonduta combines fontina cheese, milk, egg yolks, and butter into a silky sauce that's usually topped with thin slices of white truffle. Traditionally, fonduta is served with toast or fried polenta. Our version (minus the truffle) coats fusilli and strips of zucchini for a divine rendition of macaroni and cheese.
WINE RECOMMENDATION: Do not try to match this dish's richness; go for contrast instead. Piedmont's own Nebbiolo della Langhe, a spicy, earthy red wine with subtle hints of truffle, is what you want.
- 3/4 pound fontina cheese, grated (about 3 cups)
- 1 1/4 cups milk
- 3 egg yolks
- 3 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces, at room temperature
- 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
- 1 pound fusilli
- 4 zucchini (about1 1/2 pounds), seeded and cut into 1/4-by-2-inch matchstick strips
In a medium heatproof bowl, combine the grated cheese and the milk. Allow the mixture to stand for 20 minutes and then drain off the milk, reserving 1/4 cup. Set the bowl with the cheese over a saucepan of barely simmering water, or transfer the cheese to the top of a double boiler. Whisk until the cheese melts, about 5 minutes.
In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and the reserved 1/4 cup milk and add to the melted cheese with the butter, whisking. The mixture will separate. Add the salt and pepper and continue whisking until the sauce is almost smooth, about 3 minutes longer. Do not cook too long or the mixture will curdle. The sauce will not be completely smooth.
Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the fusilli for 10 minutes. Add the zucchini and bring back to a boil. Cook until the zucchini and pasta are just done, about 3 minutes longer. Drain. Toss with the fonduta.
Tip: To quickly seed zucchini, cut into quarters lengthwise then simply cut off the seeds.
Recipe reprinted by permission of Food and Wine. All rights reserved.
nutrition information per serving
891 calories; 42g total fat; 287mg cholesterol; 1460mg sodium; 86g carbohydrates; 6g fiber; 41g protein
These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.
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