Mascarpone is a type of cheese from the North of Italy. It is a very soft and smooth cheese with a heavy texture. Its flavour is rich and milky with a slight tangy after taste. It can be used in both sweet and savoury recipes.
Mascarpone is famously used in the Italian dessert tiramisú (which translates to a ‘pick me up’) it can also be used in making cheesecake, icing for cakes and even ice cream!
As for its savoury uses, mascarpone is great in pasta sauces, risottos and in Italy, it’s a common pizza topping.
You can find mascarpone in most supermarkets but a good alternative is to mix; 30 g of cream cheese, 64g sour cream with 60 ml of heavy whipping cream.
Mascarpone nutritional information
There are about 428 calories in 100 grams of Mascarpone, It is also high in saturated fats which increases your cholesterol levels which can lead to heart disease. It is fine to have it in small amounts as part of a varied and balanced diet. Mascarpone is vegetarian-friendly as it is not made with rennet like some other cheeses. It is also fine to consume mascarpone if you are pregnant.