Whether it’s a cheesy Italian pasta, lasagna, or simple pasta salad with little cheese topping, cheese pasta dishes are relished by many. Cheese adds a unique flavor and texture to pasta dishes even if you sprinkle just a little on the top. No doubt you may like to use mozzarella or grated Parmesan cheese for your pasta, there are some other cheese types that also make for a classy choice. Here is a list of all those varieties of cheese that are perfect to prepare different pasta dishes.
Mozzarella is a kind of cheese that comes from water buffalo’s milk. It one of the most popular cheese types used in a variety of pasta dishes including simple mac and cheese, and pasta casseroles. If you love eating meatballs with pasta, fill up your meatballs with some grated mozzarella. These cheesy meatballs go well with simple pasta and soups. If you are preparing lasagna, use mozzarella cheese with a blend of parmesan and cheddar for an amazing taste. You can also top your pasta salads with some fresh mozzarella cubes.
Parmesan is another popular cheese option cooks use in dishes like cold pasta salads. Also known by the name ‘Parmigiano-Reggiano’, this Italian hard cheese is made from cow’s milk. No matter whether you are making pesto pasta salad, Caesar salad, or chicken pasta salad, this cheese blends well with almost every pasta recipe. You can also use parmesan in saucy pasta recipes such as garlic parmesan spaghetti or pasta with tomato parmesan sauce. Just stir in all the ingredients and add parmesan in the end to make your cheesy recipes taste awesome.
Cheddar cheese is a hard type of cheese that comes from cow’s milk. Just like mozzarella and parmesan cheese, it is used to prepare cold pasta dishes. Add a few chunks of cheddar with your favorite veggies to make a variety of pasta salads. Cheddar cheese is also extensively used in macaroni & cheese recipes and casseroles. If you love this cheese, you can add it to dishes like cheddar macaroni stuffed peppers, cheesy sausage and pasta, and grilled chicken & cheddar pasta.
Ricotta, a whey cheese is prepared from the milk of cow, goat, or sheep. It is often stirred into pasta dishes or sprinkled on top to add creaminess and unique flavor. Use this flavorful cheese in recipes like lemon ricotta pasta, spinach ricotta spaghetti, and ricotta pasta with broccoli. If you love chicken, add ricotta cheese in chicken pasta pots or cold pasta salads as per your taste.
Feta is a soft cheese that is produced from sheep milk or a blend of goat milk and sheep milk. This soft cheese is often crumbled and added on the top of pasta dishes. You can add feta cheese to your favorite pasta salads. For hot pasta recipes, make a feta cheese sauce with milk and pour it on the top of cooked spaghetti along with butter for an exceptional taste. You can also prepare feta cheese sauce with cream cheese, feta cheese, yogurt, lemon zest, pepper flakes, and Italian herbs and add it to the pasta dishes.
As the name says, goat cheese is prepared from goat’s milk. It generally comes soft and crumbled. Just like feta, goat cheese can be sprinkled over cold pasta or stirred in the pasta dishes. You can also use a blend of goat cheese, parmesan, and mozzarella to prepare several flavorful pasta dishes.
Try these cheese types with a variety of pasta dishes to make them look unique and taste amazingly delicious!