This is especially good as a side dish to a beef filet, but if you want to serve it as a main course, you can easily double the recipe.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add the pasta, and cook until just tender following the package’s directions. Meanwhile, combine the cream, sherry (if using), and 5 oz. of the gorgonzola in a medium saucepan and stir constantly over low heat until the cheese is almost melted, about 5 minutes. Drain the pasta when done, return it to its pot, and add the cheese sauce. Stir over medium-low heat until the sauce thickens slightly, about 2 min. Add pepper to taste. Pour the mixture into a shallow baking dish. Combine the breadcrumbs and nuts and sprinkle the topping over the pasta. Dot with the remaining 1 oz. gorgonzola. If you like, brown the casserole under a broiler very close to the flame until crunchy and browned, about 2 minutes.
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