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One Cheese, Five Ways: Mighty Mascarpone

When you think of mascarpone, decadent, layered tiramisu likely comes to mind. While the fresh cheese is indeed used in many sweet applications, savory ones can be just as special. Made simply with heavy cream (instead of whole milk, like most cheeses) and acid, it’s often compared to cream cheese or crème fraîche, but mascarpone is uniquely sweet and rich. Use it to up the indulgence factor in pizza, soup, pasta, and more—spring veggies have never known a more luxurious partner.

neapolitan pizza

Neapolitan Pizza with Mascarpone, Speck, Arugula, and Fig

For a lighter take on the usual pizza, we’ve swapped mascarpone in for red sauce and added fresh, springy toppings.

easy pasta recipe

Rigatoni with Bitter Greens, Hazelnuts, and Mascarpone

Toasted hazelnuts and bitter greens perk up this creamy pasta dish.

carrot soup

Carrot-Ginger Soup with Curried Mascarpone

Diligent seasoning results in a deeply flavored carrot soup; top with curried mascarpone for added complexity.

braised chicken

Three-Onion Braised Chicken with Mustard-Mascarpone Sauce

Juicy chicken with crispy skin, in a decadent cheesy sauce—it’s the perfect dish for in-between seasons.

panna cotta

Mascarpone Panna Cotta with Cinnamon and Coffee

With mascarpone for a touch of tang, these Italian custards are the perfect party dessert.

written by Cassy Vires; photographed by Jennifer Silverberg

Cassy Vires

Cassy is an award-winning chef, culinary educator, and avid baker located in St. Louis, MO.

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