11 Best Taleggio Cheese Substitutes


This is a comprehensive guide to cheese alternatives you can use for Taleggio cheese in your recipes. 

So, let’s get right into it. 

Best Taleggio Cheese Substitutes

The Best Taleggio Cheese Substitutes are- Fontina, Brie, Gruyere, Robiola, Bel Paese, Limburger, Havarti, Pont-l’Eveque, Urgelia, Gorgonzola Dolce, and Vegan Cheese.

These are discussed in detail here-

1. Fontina 

Nutty, creamy, tart, and aromatic, Fontina is a great substitute for Taleggio cheese both flavor and texture-wise.

It melts wonderfully and is a great way to elevate recipes like cauliflower cheese, grilled cheese, bakes, and more.

How to Substitute? 

You can substitute Fontina for Taleggio cheese in a 1:1 ratio. Since it is an expensive cheese, you could also try mixing it with other creamy and melty mild flavored cheese. 

Here is a Fontina and lemon pizza recipe that you can try at home – 

2. Brie Cheese

Brie is a creamier and milder version of Taleggio cheese with nutty and buttery flavors. It melts well and is great to bake with.

You could also use it on a cheeseboard, or use it in a sandwich, pastry, or grill recipe.

How to Substitute? 

You can substitute Taleggio cheese with equal measures of Brie cheese. Note that there may be slight flavor differences. 

Check out this YouTube tutorial for baked Brie and mushroom recipe, to try instead of a Taleggio recipe – 

3. Gruyere Cheese

Gruyere is a mild-flavored easily meltable cheese that you can use to replace Taleggio cheese in most recipes.

It is slightly saltier than Taleggio cheese.

Gruyere is a perfect choice for recipes like grilled cheese, pasta, mac and cheese, etc. 

How to Substitute? 

You can use the same measure of Gruyere as Taleggio is called for in the recipe. You might want to adjust the seasoning to get the flavors just right. 

For a Gruyere cheese potato bake recipe, check out this video tutorial – 

4. Robiola Cheese

Robiola is a spreadable and easy-to-melt white cheese that is a perfect alternative to Taleggio if you want lighter and milder options.

It is best when spread on crackers or toasts but is also great to cook within recipes, like pasta or grilled cheese. 

How to Substitute? 

You can replace Taleggio with the same portions of Robiola cheese in any recipe and it should work just fine. 

Check out this simple Robiola cheese risotto recipe that you can give a shot – 

5. Bel Paese Cheese

Bel Paese is a creamy and buttery cheese that is quick to melt but firm in texture.

Its mild flavor makes it versatile enough to be used in both sweet and savory recipes, like mac and cheese, pasta, fondue, and more.

It is a less pungent alternative for those who aren’t fond of the strong smell of Taleggio cheese. 

How to Substitute? 

You can use the same measure of Bel Paese cheese as Taleggio cheese is called for in most recipes. 

6. Limburger Cheese

Limburger is a more earthy, tangy, and flavorful alternative to Taleggio cheese. It also has a strong smell like Taleggio cheese and similar melting properties.

You can use Limburger as a substitute in recipes like grilled cheese, mac and cheese, pasta, etc.

How to Substitute? 

Although it is stronger in flavor, you can use the same measure of Limburger cheese as Taleggio cheese is called for in any recipe. 

7. Havarti Cheese

A mild cheese with notes of acidity and sweetness, Havarti is a good melting cheese that can replace Taleggio cheese in recipes like grilled cheese, mac and cheese, pastry, and more.

Havarti is aromatic and sweeter in smell and flavor than Taleggio. 

How to Substitute? 

You can substitute Havarti cheese for Taleggio in a 1:1 ratio. Note that there will be flavor differences in the final recipe. 

Here is a quick and easy grilled cheese sandwich recipe with Havarti cheese and dill – 

8. Pont-l’Eveque Cheese

Pont-l’Eveque is a French cheese that shares the same pungent smell, creamy texture, and mild flavors as Taleggio cheese.

It is best used in recipes with potatoes, bakes, mac and cheese, etc.

It may not be an easy find but is a great choice to break the monotony of Taleggio cheese.

How to Substitute? 

You can use the same measure of Pont-l’Eveque cheese as Taleggio cheese in any of the recipes. 

9. Urgelia Cheese

Urgelia is creamy and mild-flavored cheese that can be slightly salty with notes of bitterness.

This Spanish cheese is similar in texture to Taleggio and is a great substitute in recipes like sandwiches, grills, antipasto, sauces, and dips. 

How to Substitute? 

You can use more or less the same measure of Urgelia cheese as Taleggio cheese in your recipe. But note that the overall flavor might vary from the original recipe. 

10. Gorgonzola Dolce Cheese

Gorgonzola Dolce is a mild and buttery blue cheese with hints of fruity tanginess.

Its creamy soft melty texture makes it a perfect alternative to Taleggio in pasta, and risotto recipes.

If you are fond of blue cheese, this substitute is worth the shot. 

How to Substitute? 

You can use the same measure of Gorgonzola Dolce as Taleggio cheese is required in your recipe. There may be slight changes in the flavor but the dish will still be yummy. 

11. Vegan Cheese

You could also use a vegan cashew cheese alternative, like vegan blue cheese, that will offer the same creamy texture and a nutty mild taste.

Once you pick a recipe of your liking you can easily make it at home and use it in any of the Taleggio cheese recipes.

How to Substitute? 

You can use vegan cheese in the same proportion as Taleggio cheese in any recipe of your choice. The flavors will depend on the vegan cheese recipe that you have picked. 

To make your own vegan blue cheese recipe, here is a YouTube tutorial to help you out – 

Bottom Line 

I hope this guide gave you enough options to choose the perfect alternative for your Taleggio cheese recipes. 

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