Pasta Bianca

June 7, 2009 (Last Updated: April 8, 2020)
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macaroni and cheese in a bowl with a piece of crispy bread tucked into one side

Macaroni and cheese. It’s one of America’s greatest contributions to the culinary world. This version from is a bit more upscale and Italian in nature. Who cares! It’s macaroni and cheese and it’s delicious. Give this a whirl next time you want to impress your guests and serve mac and cheese that’s fit for a Queen.

macaroni and cheese in a bowl with a piece of crispy bread tucked into one side

Baked Pasta “Bianca” with Cream and Five Cheeses

These easy, cheesy pasta "bianca" is just like the incredible al forno pastas served at Al Forno in Providence, RI.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 to 6 servings
Calories 724 kcal


  • 2 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 to 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup finely crumbled Gorgonzola
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano
  • 2 tablespoons mascarpone cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped or shredded mozzarella
  • 1/2 teaspoon or more kosher salt
  • 1 pound dried pasta (shells, penne, cavatappi, or your favorite)


  • Preheat oven to 500 degrees F. Bring a large bowl of water to a boil.
  • Combine the cream, 1/2 cup chicken stock, all the cheeses, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Mix well. Taste and add more salt if necessary. Set aside.
  • Generously salt boiling water and add pasta. Cook, stirring often, for 4 to 5 minutes. The pasta will be parboiled and too hard to eat; it cooks further in the oven. Drain the pasta and add to the mixing bowl, combining thoroughly with the cheese mixture. If it seems too thick, add more chicken stock until the pasta moves freely and is surrounded by liquid.
  • Transfer to individual shallow baking dishes or 1 large shallow baking dish. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the pasta is bubbly hot. Serve right away.

Notes & Nutrition

From On Top of Spaghetti
Servings 6.0 * calories 724 * Total Fat 44 g * Saturated Fat 26 g * Monounsaturated Fat 0 g * Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g * Trans Fat 0 g * Cholesterol 163 mg * Sodium 527 mg * Potassium 119 mg * Total Carbohydrate 60 g * Dietary Fiber 3 g * Sugars 9 g * Protein 17 g
*All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.*


  • Reply
    Astra Libris
    June 8, 2009 at 1:51 am

    OH my goodness, this looks heavenly!! Seriously gorgeous!!

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    June 8, 2009 at 8:51 am

    Just my kind of dish!

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    Jen @
    June 8, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Looks wonderful – I love gourmet mac and cheeses… and the combination of cheeses in this dish sound perfect! My hubby would love it.

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    The Duo Dishes
    June 8, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    So much cheese! That's just how we like it.

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    June 9, 2009 at 2:51 am

    You had me with the picture of the crusty bread dipped into the pasta! Cheese, pasta and bread is heaven!

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    June 9, 2009 at 7:47 am

    You got that right, AndreaQ! Pure heaven 🙂

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    June 9, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Funny, I was on my way back home and I was dreaming of Mac & Cheese … Nice recipe!

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    June 9, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Five cheeses sounds wonderful! Excellent recipe!

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    June 9, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Gorgeous photo! This would be so good for lunch..right now. btw nice blog.. keep it up!!

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    June 10, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Thanks so much!! Mac and cheese is easily one of my favorite dishes to make and to eat 🙂 It's just the greatest combination!

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    June 12, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    oh yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    looks delicious victoria!

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    June 12, 2009 at 3:55 pm

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    June 13, 2009 at 9:45 am

    Thanks, everyone!! Alisa, I posted the widget on the main page… I don't know how to edit the html on each individual page, haha. I just use the guides and pray it works 🙂

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