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Cranberry, Walnut, cream sauce over pasta

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I have been searching the millions of food sites with the above ingredients for a recipe. I'm about ready to use my imagination to create something like this but any input from the ChowHound cooks will be appreciated.

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  1. You need a strong flavour to compensate for the sweet and creamy parts - maybe some gorgonzola, or some pesto?

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    1. re: piccola

      Excellant idea piccola. I think gorgonzola would be great. I'm about ready to try and create something.

      1. re: DeltaRedd

        One of my favorite dishes from a long-closed restaurant was buccatini (the long hollow thick spaghetti) with a gorgonzola and golden raisin sauce, with some sort of nut and chicken, I believe. I think replicating this with cranberries would be tasty - but I'm not sure about using fresh berries - I do think dried would work better here, esp. if you can get a high-quality, low-added-sugar, and plump them in a bit of broth or something.

        1. re: Jeda

          I'm glad you thought of cried cranberries. I've got so many fresh cranberries that is why I wanted to use fresh but your idea gave me a thought that I should pre-cook them but not to the point of falling apart. Maybe I could cook the pasta al dente and use the pasta water to gently cook the cranberries and then drain before adding to the pasta.

          1. re: DeltaRedd

            I'd actually assumed you were talking dried cranberries. I don't know how well it will work with fresh.

    2. That sounds like a great idea. Walnut cream sauce immediately made me think of my favorite Mexican dish - Chiles en Nogada
      http://www.elise.com/recipes/archives...

      I don't see why this sauce for that dish could not be "savoried" up with some cheese, or even ground pork or lamb and tossed with pasta. Throw in some dried cranberries and it should be great. I'd be curious to hear about your results.

      1. Back in the day, the Harmony Pasta Co up near Cambria used to have a pasta in an orange cream sauce...you could do a cream sauce with walnuts, cranberries and orange zest. I don't think it needs anything else.

        1. Is there a way to dry the cranberries, say in an oven or dehydrater? Just a thought. The taste combination sounds really good.

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          1. re: PastaFace123

            You should be able to find dried cranberries pretty easily. They might have a sweetener added to them, but I seem to remember seeing Craisins in a sugar free version now. In my local farmer's market, there's a nut shop that has all kinds of dried fruit as well. They have dried blueberrys, cranberries, cherries, etc.