5 Different Cheeses to Try with Your Pasta
Pasta and cheese are a classic combination like peanut butter and jelly. As cheese lovers ourselves, we can’t imagine pasta without cheese.
However, pasta often sees a lot of the same old, same old, leaving even the most dedicated pasta lovers yearning for something outside the box. Parmesan and Ricotta are wonderful, but there’s so many other tasty cheeses available! Just like with pasta, there’s an entire world of delectable cheeses to explore and experiment with in your dishes.
If you’re looking for something a little different in your next pasta dish, grab one of the following at your grocery store:
- Parmigiano-Reggiano. This is an incredibly flavorful cheese that works well with pasta, eggs, veggies, and meats. Don’t let its strong flavors scare you away! This cheese is salty, spicy, and even a little briny, but can be tamed by incorporating it into a larger dish. In a rich pasta, it can add these flavors in subtle notes that will accentuate the dish as a whole.
- Asiago. This is one of the mildest, most pleasant cheeses available. Like all cheeses, it gets stronger the longer it ages, but it’s never very sharp. This is a great snacking cheese, but also goes well with pasta. In pastas, your best bet is to go for an aged Asiago and grate it. A young Asiago may be too mild to taste in a full dish.
- Gouda. Another great snacking cheese, Gouda is creamy and can be nutty or sweet. A smoked Gouda can add a nice buttery flavor to a pasta dish. Many goudas have herbs or spices included to add to the flavor, which can further spice up your dish. Chipotle Gouda is one of our favorites!
- Gorgonzola. A rarer cheese, but just as delicious as everything else on the list. Younger Gorgonzola is milder and soft, while aged Gorgonzola is crumbly and a little tougher. Younger Gorgonzola goes well with crackers, while aged Gorgonzola is great for pastas. All varieties of the cheese offer strong garlic and pepper flavors.
- Gruyère. Another mild cheese, Gruyère is often described as sweet, salty, creamy, and nutty. It manages to have a unique flavor without being overpowering, making it a nice addition to a variety of pasta dishes. It is rather soft, so you may have to freeze it before grating.
As always, Pierino’s sells the best pastas for spaghetti, lasagna, and any other pasta dish. Pair some Pierinos pasta with one of these cheeses for your next crowd pleaser dinners!