Pasta with Five Cheeses

Hands-On Time: 5min
Ready In: 45min
Yield: 6-8 servings
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My kids love macaroni and cheeseā€¦me, not so much. This baked pasta dish is the perfect compromise. I get the sophisticated flavor of a cream-based tomato sauce, they get cheesy goodness. Put together you have one outstanding casserole that pleases the whole family. This dish is also perfect for pot-luck gatherings or to bring to a friend in need. When I bring this dish as a gift to friends, I put it in a disposable foil dish and include the baking directions so they can cook it as needed. A bagged salad and loaf of French bread is a nice touch as well.



  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 9-by-13-inch casserole dish with cooking spray.
  2. Boil pasta two minutes less than the package directs in plenty of well-salted water and set aside. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix together the cream, crushed tomatoes, basil, 1 1/2 cups of Italian cheese blend, and gorgonzola cheese.
  3. Add cooked pasta to the cream and cheese mixture. Stir to combine. Pour into prepared casserole dish and top with remaining 1/2 cup of Italian cheese blend. Bake for 30 minutes, or until top is browned slightly and pasta is bubbling hot. Serve immediately.

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pasta with five cheeses - jackie

The recipe is a very kid friendly one. I would heat a little extra spaghetti sauce to dollip over the top and maybe steam some broccoli to go on top, as well. It is a nice staple to have in the frig for your child when they are hungry and need a snack or lunch, or a quick dinner.

pasta with five cheeses - elias

This is a great dish if you are tired of the same old macaroni and cheese. It adds a little something different with the tomato sauce and the cream. The recipe makes quite a bit, so you will have leftovers for lunch throughout the week etc. I would make this for weeknight dinners, weekend lunches, team party functions.

pasta with five cheeses - finished dish

The only change I make was that I omitted the dried basil. Knowing my boys, they would question what small green things were lurking in their pasta. I am so glad I made that decision, the boys ended up loving this one! Well, one of the boys as least. Elias was a little leary at first but then I caught him later popping the elbow shells into his mouth...and he said he didn't like pasta!

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