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.
For a lighter take on the usual pizza, we’ve swapped mascarpone in for red sauce and added fresh, springy toppings.
Toasted hazelnuts and bitter greens perk up this creamy pasta dish.
Diligent seasoning results in a deeply flavored carrot soup; top with curried mascarpone for added complexity.
Juicy chicken with crispy skin, in a decadent cheesy sauce—it’s the perfect dish for in-between seasons.
With mascarpone for a touch of tang, these Italian custards are the perfect party dessert.
written by Cassy Vires; photographed by Jennifer Silverberg