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Best mascarpone recipes

Published: March 24, 2021 at 11:25 am
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Make the most of creamy mascarpone with our ideas, from salted caramel and pecan cheesecake, to spinach, mascarpone and ham hock rotolo

Looking for mascarpone recipes? Want the best mascarpone dessert ideas? Try our ideas below, then check out our best Italian recipes, easy summer desserts and best cheesecake recipes.


Mascarpone is an Italian soft cheese that adds a creaminess to sauces and pasta dishes, with a light acidity to cut through its high fat content. Mascarpone also adds creaminess to cheesecakes and other chilled desserts, helping them set better and keep sturdy.

Best mascarpone recipes

Salted caramel mascarpone cheesecake pots

If you’re looking for a quick and easy dinner party dessert, check out these cheesecake pots layered with mascarpone, salted caramel and crunchy pecans.

Three chocolate pots topped with marshmallows


Mascarpone, ricotta and citrus zest make the filling of these charming cannoli, a classic Italian sweet treat.

A large plate of cannoli on a grey background with a shot of espresso and a small bowl of chopped pistachios

Tomato, spinach and mascarpone gnocchi

Mascarpone adds extra creaminess to this warming veggie gnocchi dish, ready in just 20 minutes.

Mascarpone Gnocchi Recipe with Spinach and Tomato

Spinach, mascarpone and ham hock rotolo

Swirls of sumptuously thick mascarpone, salty ham hock and spinach combine to make this crowd-pleasing pasta bake.

Spinach Rotolo Recipe with Ham Hock and Mascarpone

Classic tiramisu

Mascarpone is synonymous with this classic Italian dessert. The marsala-infused mascarpone mixture provides an indulgently sturdy base for savoiardi biscuits soaked in coffee and Tia Maria.

Classic Tiramisu Recipe

Butternut squash, spinach and mascarpone lasagne

This vibrant butternut squash lasagne layered with soft mascarpone cheese and spinach is a great big hug of a dinner.

Butternut squash, spinach and mascarpone lasagne in a large oval black baking dish, placed on a wooden plank

Baked alaska with honeyed figs and mascarpone ice cream

Creamy homemade mascarpone ice cream takes this restaurant-style dessert to the next level.

Strawberry cake

This deluxe layer cake, filled with a smooth strawberry mascarpone cream and topped with Italian meringue frosting, makes for a wonderful summer dessert.

Strawberry Layer Cake Recipe

Chocolate tiramisu torte

Mascarpone, amaretto, dark chocolate and Tia Maria come together to make this super-sumptuous tiramisu torte, perfect for when you want to impress.

Tiramisu Cake Recipe with Chocolate

Mascarpone ice cream with tokaji syrup and raisins

Mascarpone provides a super-creamy and soft finish in this ice cream, which is packed with infused raisins and drenched in vanilla and tokaji syrup (a sweet dessert wine from Hungary).

Mascarpone ice cream with Tokaji syrup and raisins

Courgette and chive pasta

Creamy mascarpone is mixed into this fresh pasta dish along with courgettes, garlic and lemon sauce.

Courgette and chive pasta

Salami, garlic greens and taleggio pizza

For a pizza that’s a little luxurious, add blobs of mascarpone alongside salami and garlic greens.

Salami Pizza Recipe with Taleggio and Garlic Greens

Tiramisu mascarpone pancakes

Tiramisu pancakes anyone? Try these fluffy pancakes layered with mascarpone and covered in mocha syrup for a next-level brunch.

Tiramisu Pancakes Recipe

Chicken cacciatore

A popular recipe for a reason. Try our creamy chicken cacciatore with mascarpone and cherry tomato sauce for an easy weeknight dinner.

Chicken Cacciatore Recipe

Griddled peach pavlova with mascarpone cream

This light and summery pavlova with griddled peaches and mascarpone cream is bound to be a hit at your next dinner party.

Peach Pavlova Recipe with Mascarpone Cream

Blueberry and mascarpone slice

Struggling to find the right dessert to make for your summer dinner party? Take a look at our luxurious blueberry slice layered with creamy mascarpone.

Blueberry Mascarpone Tart Recipe

Black forest cheesecake

Our devilishly dark chocolate cheesecake, featuring mascarpone and swirled with cherries, is a showstopper dessert for any occasion.

Black Forest Cheesecake Recipe

Roast squash with mascarpone, parmesan and sage

In this recipe, roasted butternut squash sings with the flavours of mascarpone, parmesan and sage.

Roast squash with mascarpone, parmesan and sage

Eton mess cheesecake

Two dessert staples combine to make this fresh and creamy mascarpone cheesecake, a satisfying addition to any afternoon tea.

Eton Mess Cheesecake

Peach, almond and mascarpone tart

Fruity, creamy and a little luxurious, try this easy-to-follow frangipane tart recipe for a pudding that’s guaranteed to please. It's a wonderful combination of summery flavours.

Peach Tart Recipe with Almond and Mascarpone

Marbled honeycomb and chocolate mousse pots

A chocolate lover's dream, these luxurious mousse pots combine honeycomb, chocolate and mascarpone for a stylish end to a dinner party.

Chocolate MoussePots Recipe with Honeycomb

Mascarpone raspberry trifle terrine

Traditional flavours of mascarpone, raspberry and sponge fingers meet in this epic trifle set in a loaf tin. Garnish with toasted flaked almonds and edible silver balls to finish.

Mascarpone Raspberry Trifle Recipe

Mini frozen mascarpone cookie kisses

Shop-bought mini chocolate chip cookies and a tub of mascarpone help make these little sweet treats an easy dinner party dessert. They can also be made in advance.


Black Forest pavlova

Wow your dinner party guests with our stunning black forest meringue tower filled with dark chocolate ganache, mascarpone cream and boozy cherries. It’s indulgence in a bowl.

Meringue Stack Recipe with Cherries

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