This copycat Four Cheese Pasta Cheesecake Factory recipe is SO delicious! Each bite is cheesy and packed with flavor.
This pasta dish is one of the most popular dishes in the United States restaurant chain, The Cheesecake Factory. I grew up ordering this dish and wanted to recreate a super easy version of the dish at home.
With four different types of cheese, marinara, and fresh basil, this homemade version is just as good (and less expensive) as the restaurant version!
The is one of the best pasta recipes for entertaining. It's super kid friendly and great for any crowd! And it's SO easy to make.
Why You'll Love this Recipe
Delicious - This four cheese pasta recipe is so delicious. Each bite is packed with flavor that your family will truly love! It's really a perfect dish for the whole family. Great for entertaining too!
Approachable - This recipe is approachable and is easy to make. You only need a few kitchen tools to make this great recipe. The best part of this pasta recipe is easy enough to make for a weeknight, but also fancy-feeling enough to make for a date night!
Easy - This dish looks like it came from the kitchen of a restaurant, but is so easy to make!
Here are the ingredients you will need for this Four-Cheese Pasta recipe:
- Penne Pasta - Or any shorter pasta
- Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
- Ricotta Cheese
- Black Pepper
- Marinara Sauce - Any red pasta sauce you have on hand will be good
- Mozzarella Ball - You can also use mozzarella pears or mozzarella ovoline balls
- Parmesan Cheese - Grated
- Fresh Basil Leaves - for serving
Let's make this Copycat Cheesecake Factory Four Cheese Pasta recipe together!
Preheat oven to 350F.
Cook pasta in salted boiling water according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
While pasta cooks, combine shredded mozzarella, ricotta cheese, egg, salt, and black pepper in a large mixing bowl. Mix well.
Add cooked pasta and tomato sauce to the cheese mixture bowl. Mix well.
Transfer pasta to a large greased baking dish. Top with mozzarella pearls and parmesan cheese. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes.
Remove aluminum foil and bake for 5 minutes, until cheese is melted and golden brown.
Top with additional dollops of ricotta cheese and basil and serve.
Expert Tips and Tricks
Here are some expert tips to make this Cheesecake Factory pasta recipe perfect.
Complete the Meal - Complete the meal with an arugula salad, grilled chicken and a glass of red wine!
Utilize Leftovers - Use leftovers for meal prep. Add grilled chicken and a handful of spinach or arugula for a delicious prepared lunch for the entire family!
Watch the Cheese - Keep an eye on the cheese when you remove the foil. You want it to be golden, but not burnt!
Here is some kitchen equipment you will need for this recipe. You can find all of these products on Amazon.
Pasta Bowl - I love serving pasta in good quality pasta bowls. They're perfect for a variety of dishes, so they're super versatile!
Mixing Bowl - I love these mixing bowls and use them daily in my kitchen. They are great for tossing salads, mixing ingredients, and even serving!
Baking Dish - This baking dish is similar to the one in the photos - I just love it for baking a variety of sweet and savory dishes.
Here are some common recipe substitutions and variations for this easy recipe.
Add Protein - You can add grilled chicken or Italian sausage to this recipe for added protein.
Add Veggies - Add veggies for some added nutrition - tomatoes, peppers, or spinach would be great additions!
Cheese Variation - You can make this recipe with a variety of different cheeses. If you have little bits of cheese on hand, use them! Fontina, asiago, provolone, or feta would all be delicious in this pasta dish!
Frequently Asked Questions
Four cheese sauce is made of four different types of cheeses and marinara sauce.
Quattro Formaggi Italia means Italian Four Cheese.
Mozzarella is a great melty cheese choice if you're looking to have a melted cheese over pasta. This is a great choice for topping pasta bakes and letting the cheese melt and become golden brown in the oven.
What to Serve With
Here are some main course ideas on what to serve this recipe with!
- Spinach Stuffed Salmon
- Chicken Limone
- Sheet Pan Salmon
- Pistachio Crusted Salmon
- Oven Baked Chicken Leg Quarters
- Lemon Pepper Shrimp
- Seared Filet Medallions
- Panko Crusted Cod
Recipe Storage and Reheating
Here are storage and reheating instructions for this recipe.
Refrigerator Storage: Store in an airtight continuer and eat leftovers within 4-5 days.
Freezer Storage: Freeze in a freezer-safe, airtight container and keep for up to 3 months. When you're ready to use, thaw in the refrigerator and reheat as instructed below.
Reheating Instructions: The best way to reheat this recipe is to heat in a skillet with a little olive oil over low heat until warm.
Other Recipes to Try
Cheesecake Factory Four Cheese Pasta
- 1 lb penne pasta
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 cup ricotta cheese plus more for topping
- 1 egg
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 2 cups marinara sauce
- 1 cup mozzarella pearls
- ¼ grated parmesan cheese
- ¼ cup basil leaves
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Cook pasta in salted boiling water according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
- While pasta cooks, combine shredded mozzarella, ricotta cheese, egg, salt, and black pepper in a large mixing bowl. Mix well.
- Add cooked pasta and marinara sauce to the bowl. Mix well.
- Transfer pasta to a large greased baking dish. Top with mozzarella pearls and parmesan cheese. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes.
- Remove foil and bake for 5 minutes, until cheese is melted and golden brown.
- Top with additional dollops of ricotta cheese and basil and serve.