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One-Pot Four Cheese Pasta

  • Author: She's Almost Always Hungry
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


This rich and easy pasta cooks up in one pan and is a great way to use up leftover cheese. Serve with a crisp green salad. This recipe is modified from Sabrina Fauda-Rôle’s recipe of the same name.



1/2 bunch chives, chopped

8 ounces small pasta (e.g., shells, macaroni, etc.)

3 1/2 ounces blue cheese*

2 ounces soft goat cheese

3 1/2 ounces Gruyere, grated

5 ounces cream cheese

1 clove garlic, thinly sliced

2 pinches ground nutmeg

1 sprig fresh rosemary

2 sprigs fresh thyme

2 springs flat Italian parsley

2 bay leaves

1/2 teaspoon freshly grated pepper

1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, optional

3 1/4 cups water

Optional: toasted breadcrumbs for garnish


In a medium sized pot, layer all the ingredients, except the toasted breadcrumbs, in the order they are listed.

Bring everything to a boil over medium heat. Cook for about 15 minutes**, stirring frequently to prevent the pasta from sticking to the bottom of the pot. Cook until the pasta is al dente and the liquid is reduced to a sauce. Note: the sauce may look too liquidy but it will thicken up. Remove the bay leaves and the herb sprigs.

Remove the pot from the heat and let sit for 5 minutes. Garnish with toasted breadcrumbs and more chopped chives, optional.


*You can substitute different cheeses. You want to have 1) a blue cheese (or similar strong cheese), 2) a soft tangy cheese (feta could also be used to give you the tanginess like a goat cheese), 3) a drier, shreddable cheese, and 4) a cream-type cheese or mascarpone.

**Cooking time will depend on the brand and shape of the pasta you are using. It may take as little as 8 minutes or as long as 15 minutes.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Inactive Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Main Dishes
  • Cuisine: American


  • Calories: 601.11
  • Sugar: 8.22 g.
  • Sodium: 936.94 mg
  • Fat: 31.82 g.
  • Saturated Fat: 18.99 g.
  • Carbohydrates: 51.5 g.
  • Fiber: 3.98 g.
  • Protein: 25.05 g.
  • Cholesterol: 91.92 mg.

Keywords: pasta, cheese, tomatoes, fresh herbs