Honored Contributor
Posts: 22,374
Registered: ‎03-27-2014

Ina Garten's Penne with Five Cheeses



I typically just use parmesan and mozzarella cheeses for my baked pasta casseroles.  I'm going to try this recipe soon.  


  • Kosher salt
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes in thick tomato puree
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano (1-1/2 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup shredded imported Italian fontina (1-1/2 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup crumbled Italian Gorgonzola (1-1/2 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 pound fresh mozzarella, sliced
  • 6 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 pound imported penne rigate pasta
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees.


Bring 5 quarts of salted water to a boil in a stockpot.


Combine all the ingredients except the penne and butter in a large mixing bowl. Mix well.


Drop the penne into the boiling water and parboil for 4 minutes. Drain well in a colander and add to the ingredients in the mixing bowl, tossing to combine.


Divide the pasta mixture among 6 shallow ceramic gratin dishes (1-1/2 to 2-cup capacity). Dot with the butter and bake until bubbly and brown on top, 7 to 10 minutes.

The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality ~  Dante Alighieri
Occasional Contributor
Posts: 6
Registered: ‎12-22-2017

Re: Ina Garten's Penne with Five Cheeses

This is one of my favorite Ina recipes!  Yum!!!

Honored Contributor
Posts: 9,246
Registered: ‎03-09-2010

Re: Ina Garten's Penne with Five Cheeses

That looks so good - the Macaroni Grille that was about 1.5 hours from me closed, I so miss my favorite dish that I would always order.


 DH does not like pasta but I might have to make this....

Respected Contributor
Posts: 2,400
Registered: ‎03-28-2010

Re: Ina Garten's Penne with Five Cheeses

This looks delicious.  I'm going to make this.  Thanks for posting.

Trusted Contributor
Posts: 1,834
Registered: ‎03-10-2010

Re: Ina Garten's Penne with Five Cheeses

Wow- I want to make this-sounds delicious!