Four cheese pasta bake

    1 hour

    Heartier fare than this is hard to find - pasta simmered with cream, herbs and four incredible melting cheeses is stirred in with egg yolks for beautiful colour and even more depth of flavour, and baked to a gorgeous cheesy finish. Serve with fresh rocket salad with a citrus dressing to balance the gorgeous richness of this dish, and enjoy.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 240ml milk
    • 240ml double cream
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
    • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red chilli flakes
    • 165g grated Provolone or mozzarella cheese
    • 140g grated mozzarella cheese
    • 135g grated Emmental or Gruyere cheese
    • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheesee
    • 2 egg yolks, beaten
    • 225g penne pasta
    • salt to taste
    • ground black pepper to taste

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. Preheat oven to 190 C / Gas 5. Butter a 2 litre ovenproof baking dish; set aside.
    2. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente. Drain.
    3. Meanwhile bring milk, cream, basil and crushed red chilli flakes to a simmer in a large, heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. Add cheeses 1 handful at a time, stirring constantly, until all are melted and smooth. Remove from heat and stir in egg yolks. Season with salt and black pepper to taste. Mix in pasta. Spoon into prepared dish.
    4. Bake in preheated oven until heated through, approximately 10 minutes. Serve hot.

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    The recipe tasted very good, but it is also a very heavy meal. I suggest using regular, maybe even skim milk, and starch to lighten the fat content. You may also want to use light or fat free cheeses for this one. I used regular cheese and half and half milk and I think that's what made the meal so heavy. It tastes good though.  -  11 Oct 2001  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Very delicious....extremely easy to make if you buy the prepackaged shredded italian cheese mixture I used 2% milk instead, but even could go lighter next time...maybe even try a macaroni noodle instead too. Everyone loved it!!!  -  16 Oct 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This ziti is not your typical ziti, but it is amazing. I too recommend getting the italian shredded cheese package, much easier. The crushed red pepper really makes this recipe pop. Love it! Took it to a family reunion and got many compliments.  -  19 Feb 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)