Sundried Tomato & Hazelnuts Four Cheese Penne

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Four Cheese Penne With Sundried Tomato & Hazelnuts


It’s few days after Christmas and the whole family is tired of turkey and turkey leftovers….everyone is craving nice pasta dinner.

Few years ago my hubby and I visited a restaurant in Seattle I don’t remember the name anymore…..the restaurant wasn’t one of the fanciest places,but……… right then & there I had the best pasta dish ever…..

…… FETTUCCINE¬† in Creamy Sauce with Chicken and Toasted Hazelnuts…..I can still taste it….

That pasta dish inspired me to add a little twist to our usual Penne with Four Cheese Sauce.



  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Shallot (finely chopped)
  • 2-3 Cloves Garlic (finely chopped)
  • 1/4 cup White Wine
  • 1 1/2 cup Half & Half
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups Cheese (grated mixture of Asiago, Mozzarella , Parmesan, Romano)
  • 2 Tbsp Sun-dried Tomato (chopped & optional)
  • 1/2 cup Toasted Hazelnuts
  • 5 cup Dry Penne Pasta

STEP 1: In a large pot cook Penne pasta till Al Dente. Drain and set aside.

STEP 2: In a large skillet  on medium high heat the olive oil and saute shallots and garlic for couple of minutes. Do not burn them.

STEP 3: Add wine and reduce it. Stir in butter and cream. Salt and pepper to taste.

STEP 4: Simmer and reduce by one quarter. Add grated cheese and stir till the sauce thickens. In the last few minutes add the sun-dried tomatoes.

STEP 5: When the sauce is ready toss in the penne pasta. Stir it around so every piece is covered with the cheese sauce. Plate it and sprinkle with toasted Hazelnuts and Italian parsley.



Four Cheese Penne With Sundried Tomato & Hazelnuts

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11 Responses to “Sundried Tomato & Hazelnuts Four Cheese Penne”

  1. Christy says:

    boy that looks delicious!

  2. Anita says:

    I'm a food blog mistress! I love pasta too! This looks yum yum yum! Just a SITS stoppin' by!

  3. Kelly says:

    So…stoppin' by from SITS and thanks…now all I wanna do is eat my computer screen! That looks seriously good! Love your blog…turned me into a subscriber!

  4. I love pasta with fettuccine sauce….it's just delightful!

  5. satakieli says:

    That looks great! At least now I know what to make for dinner tonight! Thanks!Stopping by from SITS! Great Blog!

  6. Your meal looks awesome!Stopping by from SITS!

  7. Priscilla says:

    That looks absolutely wonderful. Too bad my boyfriend and I are the only ones who love pasta.

  8. Deanna says:

    That looks sooooo yummy!

  9. Paloma says:

    oh wow Bibi! Sounds so delicious! I love pasta! I am crazy for pasta… I wish I could eat more of it but I really have to watch it… whenever I want to indulge and have some I’ll try your recipe!
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  10. Kris says:

    I love your combination of ingredients!
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