Penne with 5 (not 4…but 5) cheeses

Penne with 5 (not 4…but 5) cheeses


Kosher salt

2 cups heavy cream

1 cup crushed tomatoes (if you can find crushed, just throw diced tomatoes in the blender)

1/2 cup Pecorino Romano 

1/2 cup shredded Italian fontina

1/4 cup crumbled Gorgonzola (if not a gorgonzola fan, leave this one out)

2 tablespoons ricotta cheese

1/4 pound fresh buffalo mozzarella, sliced thinly

1 pound imported penne rigate pasta

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter

1 package pre-cooked chicken breasts pieces (Like Trader Joe’s “Just Chicken”)


Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.

In a skillet, saute the chicken with a little bit of olive oil. It’s already cooked so you’re just warming it up.

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

Boil pasta for 5-6 minutes. You want it al dente (not too soft). Drain and add to the ingredients in the mixing bowl, tossing it all together.

Spray a large baking dish with non-stick spray and dump everything in. Dot with the butter and bake until bubbly and brown on top, 7 to 10 minutes.

WARNING: This is SOOOOO YUMMY that you just might find yourself having seconds, then thirds….you’ve been warned.

Once again, this recipe is from the amazing Brandi!

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7 Responses to Penne with 5 (not 4…but 5) cheeses

  1. Debbie Barlow says:

    THIS IS THE BEST!!! Make a lot of it and enjoy it all week.

  2. Amanda says:

    You just destroyed my diet

  3. Amy says:

    I am so making this next week! It sounds amazing.

  4. Brandi says:

    I can’t take credit for this one…it’s Ina Garten. The only thing I did was add chicken. But, in my mind, that’s what makes it 😉 LOL! It’s really good with about 1 1/2 bottles of red wine…right B?

  5. Amanda says:

    OK, the wine just cemented it for me…I have to make this.

  6. Kristi says:

    Oh my goodness!! We’re definitely having this one next week. Thanks for linking it up to Foodie Friday!

    ~ The Speckled Dog

  7. What a lovely mac and cheese recipe – it elevates this dish totally to another level – yum!

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