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Basil Mascarpone Torte Recipe

This decadent torte has a creamy texture and is perfect to take along to your next potluck or holiday meal.—Lisa Renshaw, Kansas City, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 50 min. + chilling YIELD:16 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups dry bread crumbs
  • 1 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1-1/2 cups Mascarpone cheese
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Romano cheese
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil

Directions

  • 1. Place bread crumbs and pine nuts in a food processor; cover and process until nuts are finely chopped. Add butter; cover and process until blended. Press onto the bottom and 1 in. up the sides of a greased 9-in. springform pan; set aside.
  • 2. In a large bowl, beat the cheeses, milk, salt and nutmeg until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in basil. Pour into crust. Place pan on a baking sheet.
  • 3. Bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until puffed and golden brown. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight. Remove sides of pan before slicing. Yield: 16 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 359 calories, 33 g fat (16 g saturated fat), 102 mg cholesterol, 271 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 10 g protein.