Pasta ai Quattro Formaggi

I’ve always been a cheese lover, but recently I discovered a new grocery store. A fancy grocery store. A grocery store that has a gigantic selection of cheese.

I’d grown tired of the orange American cheese slices, you know. I needed variety.

So I bought one package of each type of cheese. It seemed like the right thing to do.

And that’s the story of how I spent my entire life savings on cheese.

My husband still hasn’t forgiven me. I’m not concerned though, because I have a fridge full of cheese to keep me warm at night.

I knew the minute that I saw The Pioneer Woman’s Pasta ai Quattro Formaggi recipe that I was going to put my new fanciful cheeses to good use. I knew that I had to make that four cheese pasta immediately.

So I did. It was good. I ate it all. The end.

I used Fusili pasta because it was pretty and fun (My grocery store also doesn’t carry fancy pastas, but this new one does. Unfortunately the fun pastas cost about 7 times more than the boring kind. Poor husband.), but I think I’ll use angel hair next time. The fusili was just too thick for this dish, in my opinion.

Pasta ai Quattro Formaggi


  • 1 pound angel hair pasta
  • 1/2 cup grated fontina
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Romano
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • finely chopped parsley for garnish


  1. Boil the pasta according to package directions. Do not overcook! Drain pasta, reserving two cups of pasta water.
  2. Rub the serving bowls with the peeled garlic.
  3. While the pasta is cooking, heat the cream in a small saucepan over medium heat. Pour the cream into the cooked and drained pasta and add the butter, cheeses, and salt and pepper. Stir gently to combine, adding reserved pasta water as needed to get the consistency you like. Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed.
  4. Serve in the garlic rubbed bowls and sprinkle with parsley.

recipe from The Pioneer Woman


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16 Responses to “Pasta ai Quattro Formaggi”

  1. Ashley @ ashley's adventures in alaska February 15, 2011 @ 3:21 pm (#

    It’s recipes like this that realllly make me wish I wasnt lactose intolerant! I saw this recipe too and thought it would be yummy. Glad you tried it and it lived up to the expectations. :)


  2. Amy's Cooking Adventures February 15, 2011 @ 3:28 pm (#

    Oooohh, that looks good. I almost had a heart attack the first time I bought expensive cheese. Then I felt all guilt and had to fess up to my husband…but it was worth it :)


  3. Beth February 15, 2011 @ 4:57 pm (#

    Omg, that looks so good. I pretty much live for cheese :)


  4. Joanne February 15, 2011 @ 6:59 pm (#

    I wonder where I can find a fab-o-lous cheese store in NYC. I mean, we have Whole Foods which has a wonderful cheese selection…but I really want one of those small shops with an owner who’s lived surrounded by cheese for his entire life. You know?

    This pasta…amazing! As soon as I get my cheese selection in gear…I’m on it.


    • meghan replied: — March 7th, 2012 @ 11:55 pm

      @Joanne, There are plenty of great cheese stores in New York! Way better than Whole Foods – just do some googling. Murray’s Cheese and East Village Cheese are two that I know off the top of my head. NYC has everything!


  5. Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) February 15, 2011 @ 8:32 pm (#

    I’m not sure what it is, but I cannot get enough cheese lately — love the fusili and other fun shapes :)


  6. Brandy K February 16, 2011 @ 7:33 am (#

    Oh my! I saw this post on PW too, and knew it would be in my future–very near future. Yours looks AMAZING!!


  7. Marie February 16, 2011 @ 8:27 am (#

    This looks soo amazing. I love anything with cheese! And ps – I’m looking forward to my guest post! Cooked for it last night and working on it now!


  8. Michelle February 16, 2011 @ 9:44 am (#

    Great. Now I want to go spend all my life’s savings on fancy cheese too.

    This sounds (and looks) soooo good!


  9. Denise February 16, 2011 @ 4:31 pm (#

    Looks great, gonna have to spend some extra for the cheese but thats ok anything with pasta or bread is my favorite. Seems a little short on the butter though lol


  10. Brittany February 17, 2011 @ 9:58 am (#

    Cheese and Italian food seem to go hand in hand. Or maybe it’s deliciousness and Italian food? Whatever it is, this pasta dish looks DELICIOUS.


  11. Erica B. February 17, 2011 @ 12:22 pm (#

    Oh My!!! Sounds so yummy!!


  12. Anthony February 17, 2011 @ 2:22 pm (#

    The recipe looks really good and is deathly delicious for a person who is trying to keep fit recently…..
    The only problem is that I seems don’t know almost all of your ingredients.


  13. Dannie February 17, 2011 @ 4:08 pm (#

    I’d seen this recipe too and I think I will try it with a few adjustments as I HATE goat cheese….


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