This four cheese sauce is great with gnocchi, fettuccini, or your choice of pasta. Garlicky French bread would be a tasty accompaniment.

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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a medium saucepan combine whipping cream and butter. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring frequently until butter melts. Gradually stir in grated Parmesan cheese, grated mozzarella cheese, grated provolone cheese, and grated Romano cheese. Reduce heat to low, and continue to stir just until all cheese is melted.

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  • Serve immediately, sauce will thicken upon standing.

Nutrition Facts

203.6 calories; 4.6 g protein; 1.2 g carbohydrates; 67.7 mg cholesterol; 193.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/12/2006
This is an absolutely fantastic recipe. However, you HAVE to use quality ingredients. That means using *Heavy whipping cream* (36%+ butterfat), as opposed to light/medium whipping cream or half/half (10%-25% butterfat). The higher butter fat content found in heavy whipping cream is necessary to produce a thick, creamy sauce, so don’t even bother with milk. Also, use real butter, not hydrogenated “butters,” such as Country Crock, or I Can’t Believe Its Not Butter. Preferably, use a cultured butter (also known as European-style butter), instead of common sweet cream butter. Cultured butter also has a higher butter fat content, and makes for creamer sauce. You can buy this type of butter at most high end grocers. Look for Keller’s Creamy’s Plugrá butter at Trader Joe’s and Whole Food Market. Lastly is the issue of cheese. Good cheese = good sauce. Instead of using only four cheeses, I found that using six cheeses adds great depth to this recipe. The easiest way to do this is to buy a bag of already mixed cheese. I suggest Sargento’s 6 Cheese Italian mix, which includes mozzarella, smoked provolone, asiago, parmesan, romano, and fonita cheeses. This blend makes an incredible sauce, especially over pasta. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/02/2012
This was a good base cheese sauce but it definitely needs some spices added. Garlic powder onion powder basil pepper and salt will give it some flavor. Read More
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150 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 101
  • 4 star values: 34
  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
11/12/2006
This is an absolutely fantastic recipe. However, you HAVE to use quality ingredients. That means using *Heavy whipping cream* (36%+ butterfat), as opposed to light/medium whipping cream or half/half (10%-25% butterfat). The higher butter fat content found in heavy whipping cream is necessary to produce a thick, creamy sauce, so don’t even bother with milk. Also, use real butter, not hydrogenated “butters,” such as Country Crock, or I Can’t Believe Its Not Butter. Preferably, use a cultured butter (also known as European-style butter), instead of common sweet cream butter. Cultured butter also has a higher butter fat content, and makes for creamer sauce. You can buy this type of butter at most high end grocers. Look for Keller’s Creamy’s Plugrá butter at Trader Joe’s and Whole Food Market. Lastly is the issue of cheese. Good cheese = good sauce. Instead of using only four cheeses, I found that using six cheeses adds great depth to this recipe. The easiest way to do this is to buy a bag of already mixed cheese. I suggest Sargento’s 6 Cheese Italian mix, which includes mozzarella, smoked provolone, asiago, parmesan, romano, and fonita cheeses. This blend makes an incredible sauce, especially over pasta. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/17/2003
This was an excellent sauce! The 4 cheeses really compliment each other nicely. I added some oregano tarrogan parsley garlic salt and black pepper for some extra flavor. It is definitely worth the try to make and it was easy too! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/18/2003
I made this dish for a few friends and they all loved it! I used angel hair pasta with chicken and brocolli added in it was a definite winner although one friend thought it was too cheesy everyone else loved it! Also it was easy to make coming from a beginner cooker! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/10/2003
Wonderful recipe! Very smooth and tasty made enough for 4 servings so I froze half. Best cheese sauce my husband and I have ever had:) Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/30/2007
very easy very good. i made it with what was on hand. guessed at quantities. half & half butter grated cheese spices. a little whole weat flower at the end. came out soooo good! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/26/2003
A truly gourmet white cheese sauce. A bit on the rich side however so make sure you cook a lot of pasta to put under it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2004
This recipe is simple perfection. I have made it exactly as is and have also made it by omitting the mozzarella cheese and adding a pinch of pepper and a tsp of dried basil; it's wonderful both ways. Good recipes (like this) are easily tailored to individual tastes. Try it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/19/2008
Incredibly easy and delicious. Like Olive Garden's sauce!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/10/2003
Holy Cheesy Pasta Batman! Alchemy-yes just like magic. My boyfriend had been begging me to make a sauce like the 3-cheese at our favorite restaurant. I made this last night and WOW!-FANTASTIC! Very easy and was as good if not better than DiBella's! Not exactly "good-for-you" but will definately make again for special occassions. Dominic you're a great wizard! Thanks for the great sauce!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/02/2012
This was a good base cheese sauce but it definitely needs some spices added. Garlic powder onion powder basil pepper and salt will give it some flavor. Read More
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