Celebrate Sophia Loren’s 80th Birthday With Her Gorgonzola Pasta Recipe

09/19/2014 at 04:25 PM ET

Sophia Loren 80th Birthday Pasta Recipe

Maybe the the secret is in the sauce?

Eternal beauty — and well-known foodie — Sophia Loren celebrates her 80th birthday on Sept. 20th, and let’s face it: She’s still a bombshell.

So, how does she do it?

The answer may just lie in the Italian actress’s homemade recipes. Of her famously voluptuous figure, Loren has notoriously said, “everything you see I owe to spaghetti.”

In honor of the screen siren’s special day — and ample assets — we’re making one of her personal pasta recipes from her Recipes & Memories cookbook, which she released in 1999. (She also released In Cucina Con Amore  in 1971.)

Her recipe is so simple and so rustic, there’s virtually no messing it up. However, there’s one Sophia rule that should be followed to the letter: “Spaghetti can be eaten most successfully if you inhale it like a vacuum cleaner.”

Pasta With Gorgonzola Cream
Makes 6 servings

Generous 1/2 pound Gorgonzola cheese
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
1 small stalk celery, roughly chopped
1/2 onion, roughly chopped
Freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 cup milk
1 hard-boiled egg yolk (optional)
Handful of finely minced Italian parsley
2 cloves garlic, peeled
1 1/2 pounds rigatoni or fresh tagliolini

Place Gorgonzola, butter, celery, onion, garlic and a pinch of pepper in a blender or the work bowl of a food processor. (Note: A food processor would work faster.) Process to a smooth paste; when the mixture is well blended, add the cream, milk and egg yolk; add the parsley and salt to taste. Blend until the sauce is very smooth. Meanwhile, cook the pasta until just al dente, then toss it with the sauce.

—Michelle Ward

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Jay on

Not sure why three people would click on angry as their reaction? The recipe sounds fantastic!

Emily on

@Jay – It’s like the people who click LOL on tragic stories – sometimes people just click to be ornery.

Mary on

The people probably clicked on Angry because the link to this article shows a completely different pasta with the article. I expected a dish with a tomato based sauce and ziti or similar tube pasta based on the picture People posted.

Kellie on

When I first saw the pic in the email of a much younger Sophia I thought it was Brittany Murphy. Crazy.

NightGuest on

My mouth is watering just as I am reading the recipe. Can’t wait until the next weekend to cook it (garlic!)

Flo on

Picture taken 60 yrs ago. Never considered her a beauty.

Ryann on

Sophia is a timeless beauty! I can’t wait to try this recipe – I am hungry just thinking about it.

Pat L. on

Yum, this recipe sounds amazing. I can’t believe Sophia Loren is 80 years old. I saw a photo of her not too long ago and she looked incredible. I’ve always loved her positive spirit. It keeps her looking young.

patty on

Doesn’t that sauce need to be cooked in someway? Who would want cold heavy cream, milk or lumpy butter spread over pasta, even if the pasta is warm? Seems like something’s missing here…

Linda on

Patty, my Vitamix blender would heat the sauce as it blended so maybe that could explain why Ms. Loren didn’t include heating instructions in the recipe. I think the sauce would cool the pasta too much if it isn’t warmed first.

Eight equals equals D on

making your sauce outside of a pan… no thanks

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