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Five Cheese Ziti Al Forno

Five Cheese Ziti Al Forno

Creamy, chees-y ziti al forno baked in the oven until delicious golden crust?

Yes, please!

Combination of these 5 cheeses has been chosen carefully to let all the flavors flow together without one completely covering the other.

Of course you can experiment and make your own variations.

Five Cheese Ziti Al Forno {Cheese Selection}

For example, substitute Ricotta for Mozzarella to make the cheese sauce less “gooey” or use a mix of Pecorino and Parmesan cheese to give your ziti a little extra tang.

Swiss cheese can be substituted for Emental, which IS, in fact, Swiss 🙂

The cornerstone cheeses though that I don’t recommend omitting or substituting are Gorgonzola and Fontina.

The BEST 5-Cheese Ziti Al Forno
Five Cheese Ziti Al Forno

Five Cheese Ziti Al Forno

Delicious, creamy and sooo chees-y these are the best Ziti Al Forno you’ll ever try.
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  • 12 oz ziti pasta
  • 4 oz fontina cheese
  • 4 oz gorgonzola cheese
  • 4 oz emental cheese
  • 4 oz mozzarella cheese
  • 4 oz parmesan cheese
  • 1 – 1 ½ cup milk
  • cup bread crumbs
  • Extra virgin olive oil


  • Cook pasta according to the directions on the package.
    NOTE: you can cook ziti halfway done. In this case use a bit more milk for the cheese sauce, so that pasta can continue cooking in the oven.
  • If you’re using long ziti break them in half to fit in the pot.
  • In the meantime prepare the five-cheese sauce.
  • In a pot add milk, fontina, emental, gorgonzola cheese cut in cubes, also ½ of the quality of shredded mozzarella and ½ of grated parmesan cheese.
  • Set on very low heat and simmer for a few minutes until all cheese is melted. Stir continuously.
  • Grease a large casserole with butter.
  • Drain ziti and layer half of the quantity in the casserole. Cover with ⅓ of melted cheese sauce.
  • Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of breadcrumbs.
  • Top with shredded mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
  • Place the second layer of ziti and repeat the process. Cover with cheese sauce, then breadcrumbs, then remaining cheese.
  • Bake in a preheated to 375F oven for about 15-20 minutes until a light golden brown crust on the top.


If you don’t finish the whole dish in one go, just add some more milk and reheat ziti in the oven. They’re super delicious even the next day.
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Now isn’t that the ultimate comfort food there is!?

The BEST 5-Cheese Ziti Al Forno {Recipe}


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Karl Söderman

Wednesday 2nd of May 2018

Thanks for a great recipe! I searched around for the best recipe for Ziti al Forno and I picked yours :) I included it here in my list of 18 authentic italian pasta recipes:

Italian Recipe Book

Thursday 3rd of May 2018

Thank Karl, you did a great job with this compilation :)

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