Best Four Cheese Pasta Bake is an EASY pasta dish recipe, baked to cheesey perfection, with truffled mushrooms and four types of cheese.

Best Four Cheese Pasta Bake

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Friends, looking for a vegetarian dish to make tonight? I have been making this Skillet-Baked Four Cheese Pasta dish for years.

When you don’t have meat to add to your meal, then just add cheese! DELISH!

Best Four Cheese Pasta Bake

This recipe has 4 types of cheese with truffled mushrooms (which are optional). It’s a cheesy dish that is made in heaven!

Easy Four Cheese Pasta Bake

How do you make creamy, cheesy pasta?

For this recipes, it’s easy. Combine all 4 cheeses in a bowl! Divide into 2, and follow the directions to get the creamiest, best pasta dish!

But first, here are the simple ingredients:

  • Whole wheat pasta (we used Ragatorni) + olive oil
  • Mozzarella cheese + fontina cheese + Romano cheese + Ricotta cheese1 14 oz canned crushed tomatoes, do not drain
  • Jar of Truffled mushrooms (we buy DeLallo)
  • Whole milk
  • Fresh rosemary
  • Black pepper and salt
  • Green onions

Hospitality mentors

I’ve written about “hospitality mentors” for years on my blog, and in my book (2010), but it’s good to bring back an important topic.

Of course my first mentor in life was my mom, as she lived and breathed hospitality. Actually, my dad was there right alongside her. But through the years, I can think of handfuls of women I’ve looked up to for their hospitality skills.

These ladies were not about impressing, but actually living out this “big” word … hospitality.

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What’s a hospitality mentor?

A mentor is someone who allows you to exercise the potential inside of you, and teaches you the good. I say “teaches” because being a mentor is not just talking about how to do something, it’s taking action.

So what better way than to be in the kitchen with a woman that you highly respect and love to be around!

My cousin, Terri, was an important person in my life. She was one of those who stirred the pasta with one hand, with the other hand holding a chubby baby on the hip. I can’t tell you how many meals I ate at my cousin’s house in my early 20s.

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Terri fed me. Terri led me. She spoke truth, as she not only demonstrated how to make certain recipes (like these Old Fashioned Cinnamon Rolls recipe), but inspired me to be a seeker in life, to learn and grow.

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Making a Pasta Bake

So back to the pasta. Delicious, comforting pasta … full of stringy cheese.

And this time, a jar of DeLallo’s sliced truffled mushrooms. Oh, my goodness … this is what makes this recipe!

But if you only have regular mushrooms, that works, too.

Crushed red pepper flakes are totally optional for a nice garnish with the green onions.

Best Four Cheese Pasta Bake - bring a meal

This time I took a pan to my friend who had surgery, with a loaf of bread, fresh pears, and my Sour Cream Banana Bread. Pasta makes everyone feel comforted and happy! :)

More pasta recipes yummy to bring to a family:

BLT Pasta Salad with Avocado [FoodieCrush], Dill Pickle Pasta Salad [Spend with Pennies], and Fabulous Greek Pasta Salad [RE].

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Best Four Cheese Pasta Bake

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Yield: 6
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  • 1 pound whole wheat pasta, we used Ragatorni
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 ounces fresh mozzarella, cut into cubes
  • 6 ounces fontina, grated (about 1 cup)
  • ¾ cup fresh ricotta
  • 1 cup Romano cheese, grated (or shaved)
  • 1 14 oz canned crushed tomatoes, do not drain
  • 1 6 oz jar sliced truffled mushrooms (we buy DeLallo)
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped rosemary
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  • Crushed red pepper flakes, optional


  • Bring a pot of salted water to a boil (we usually add about 1/4 cup of salt). Add the pasta and cook until very al dente, 10 minutes. Drain the pasta, toss it with olive oil and set aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 450°. In a large mixing bowl, combine the four cheeses. Remove one half of the cheese and set aside.
  • Pour the tomatoes, mushrooms, and milk into the mixing bowl with half the cheese. Season the mixture with salt and pepper and stir to combine. Add the cooked pasta and rosemary and toss.
  • Pour the pasta into a shallow 12-inch skillet. Sprinkle with the remaining ½ of the cheese and bake until the top is bubbling and golden brown, 10-15 minutes.
  • Top with green onions and serve.
Cuisine: Italian
Course: Main Course
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