12 Asiago Cheese Substitutes [Vegan & More]

Have you ever made alfredo sauce? Have you ever made it with asiago cheese? I make asiago cheese pasta for my family all the time.

While we love asiago cheese, I have been trying to eat healthier lately and went looking for asiago cheese substitutes.

I wanted to find some low fat substitutes, vegan substitutes and just other cheese that would switch up my routine.

The best asiago cheese substitute is Grana Padano. It has the same texture and tangy taste as asiago cheese. Parmesan cheese is another fantastic asiago cheese substitute. Nutritional yeast is a perfect vegan asiago cheese substitute while Sap Sago is a great low fat option. 

Best Asiago Cheese Substitutes

After trying lots of cheeses (a job I didn’t mind at all!), I have found the best asiago cheese substitutes.

These cheeses are very similar to asiago in taste and texture. I highly recommend that you try them all, too. You may just find your new favorite cheese! 

1. Parmesan Cheese

I cook a lot of Italian foods which means I almost always have parmesan cheese on hand. Parmesan is very easy to find in any grocery store so you should have no problem picking up this perfect asiago substitute. 

Parmesan cheese is one of the best substitutes for asiago. It is a hard, aged cow milk cheese just like asiago. It has a sharp, rich taste just like asiago.

Parmesan can be grated, sliced or melted to replace asiago cheese in almost any recipe. Use the same quantity of parmesan cheese to replace asiago cheese.

Parmesan

My kids love this substitute because it is a cheese they are already familiar with. We do use a lot of parmesan in my house! 

2. Grana Padano

Grana Padano is an unpasteurized, skim cow’s milk cheese. It is aged just like asiago and becomes bolder and tangier with age. Grana Padano is also an Italian cheese, just like asiago. I sure do love Italian cheeses…

Grana Padano is a little harder than asiago cheese. It is best when grated or melted. Use this asiago substitute to sprinkle over pasta or to melt into a cheese sauce. 

Grana Padano

You can use the same quantity of grana padano to replace asiago cheese. Since the flavors are similar, there is no need to adjust the recipe. 

I recommend getting genuine grana padano cheese from Frank and Sal. It is imported from Italy and has an incredible flavor. 

3. Gruyere Cheese

Gruyere cheese and asiago both have similar grainy textures. However, gruyere is a little bit softer than asiago cheese and has a much nuttier, rich taste. 

Gruyere Cheese

When replacing asiago with gruyere, you may want to use about ¾ of the amount of gruyere. Since it is a bolder tasting cheese, you can use less and still have a great flavor. 

4. Manchego Cheese

Manchego is actually a Spanish cheese so it has a different origin than asiago. It is also a sheep’s milk cheese. However, it is still a fantastic substitute, no matter where it came from!

Manchego is usually a hard cheese but you may find softer versions that are not as aged. Both types of manchego will work great to replace asiago cheese. 

Fresh, soft manchego makes a great asiago cheese substitute for cheese platters and melted cheese sauces. I have a hard time finding fresh manchego but when I do, I always buy extra- it is so good!

Manchego Cheese

Aged, hard manchego is perfect for grating over pastas and salads. Replace asiago cheese with the same quantity of creamy manchego cheese and your recipes will be delicious!

5. Pecorino Romano

Pecorino romano cheese can be made with goat’s milk, sheep’s milk, cow’s milk or a combination of milks.

The hard Italian cheese has a very sharp, tangy taste that many people adore. In fact, romano cheese is becoming more popular than the classic parmesan cheese!

Pecorino Romano

Use pecorino tomato to replace asiago in any recipe. It works well as a grated cheese, a sliced cheese or a melted cheese. I like to pre grate a bunch of pecorino cheese so I can quickly sprinkle it over my pasta. It adds so much flavor! 

6. Comte Cheese

Comte cheese has a similar texture to asiago. Both cheeses are hard, a little grainy and aged for years. 

Comte is a French cheese that is made with unpasteurized cow’s milk. It has a nutty and buttery taste that is similar to asiago.

Comte Cheese

It is a little bit sweeter than asiago so you want to keep that in mind when using it as a substitute. 

Comte is great for melting and has a beautiful, thick texture when melted. I like to use comte to replace asiago in cheese in alfredo sauce recipes. You can replace asiago with comte using a 1:1 ratio. 

Grab a pound of French comte cheese and you can start cooking today! 

7. Nutritional Yeast – Vegan Asiago Substitute

Nutritional yeast is a fantastic vegan asiago cheese alternative. Nutritional yeast is a type of yeast that is harvested, dried and sold in flaked or powdered form. It has a nutty, cheesy taste that is almost identical to real cheese. 

Nutritional yeast is almost like crumbled, dry parmesan cheese. It does not melt so it is best to use as a grated asiago substitute. 

Use half the amount of nutritional yeast to replace grated asiago cheese. Nutritional yeast has a much stronger flavor so a little bit goes a long way. 

Nutritional Yeast

Sprinkle some nutritional yeast on your pasta or salad to get a great cheesy taste in a vegan way. I am not personally a vegan but I still love the taste and texture of nutritional yeast. It gives my foods an interesting, healthy twist. 

Grab a bag of Bragg nutritional yeast online and have it delivered right to your door. I love the flavor of this brand. It will also keep in your fridge for up to a year! 

8. Cashews – A Delicious Vegan Cheese Alternative

You may be surprised to learn that cashews are a great asiago cheese substitute. They are also a perfect vegan and vegetarian asiago cheese substitute. I must admit that it is pretty cool that you can use a nut to replace a cheese!

Cashews

Add 1 cup of cashews, 3 Tbsp nutritional yeast, ½ tsp sea salt and ¼ tsp garlic powder to a food processor. Pulse everything together until the cashews are fine and powdery.

Use this mix with a 1:1 ratio to replace grated asiago cheese. One tablespoon of our cashew powder will be delicious in place of 1 tablespoon of asiago cheese! There is just as much flavor in this vegan cheese blend as in asiago cheese. 

You probably know that cashews will not melt so this vegan cheese mix is best as a grated “cheese” or a sprinkle. I love using it on pasta dishes and my kids don’t even realize that it isn’t real cheese!

I always buy cashews in bulk because we eat them as a snack and now also as a cheese! Happy Belly cashews are always super fresh and have the perfect amount of salt. 

9. Provolone Cheese

Provolone is a great asiago substitute thanks to its strong taste. Both asiago and provolone are slightly tangy and rich. The similar flavor profile is perfect for using these two cheeses interchangeably. 

Provolone Cheese

The texture of provolone is slightly softer than asiago but it melts well, grates perfectly and slices beautifully.

Use the same quantity of provolone to replace asiago in any recipe. Everyone loves provolone slices on a cheese board and provolone grated over pasta is quite delicious. 

10. Sap Sago – A Low Fat Asiago Cheese Substitute

Sap Sago is an interesting, herby cheese. It is made in Switzerland and is surprisingly low in fat.

Two teaspoons of grated Sap Sago has only 20 calories and 0 grams of fat. Asiago, on the other hand, has about 111 calories per ounce and 7 grams of fat. Sap Sago is clearly a great, healthy asiago substitute.

Sap sago is a very hard cheese so it is not great to slice. However, it is perfect for grating. 

Try sprinkling a little Sap Sago over your pasta and you will get a tangy, herby taste! I love the unique taste and have used this asiago substitute many, many times. Look for the cone shaped cheese in your grocery store and grab at least two!

11. Seasoned Breadcrumbs

Did you know you can use seasoned breadcrumbs instead of grated asiago cheese? I absolutely love this asiago substitute because it is an out of the box idea!

Replace one tablespoon of grated asiago with one tablespoon of season breadcrumbs.

You will get a great, Italian flavor especially if you use 4C brand of breadcrumbs. They are my favorite by far!

Breadcrumbs are also such an easy asiago cheese substitute. They keep in the pantry for months and all you need to do is scoop and sprinkle!

Breadcrumbs are a wonderful vegan substitute for asiago cheese as well. I love the bit of crunch they add to my pasta and salads. Who knew breadcrumbs could work in place of cheese!?

12. Monteray Jack Cheese

I was surprised to find out that monterey jack is a really good substitute for asiago cheese.

Monterey Jack is a softer cheese than asiago but it has a similar tangy taste. Monterey jack cheese is a little spicier than asiago so I like to use a little less. I replace 1 cup of grated asiago cheese with ¾ cup grated monterey jack.

Monteray Jack Cheese

Monterey jack cheese is also a fantastic sliced cheese. It is good on crackers and sandwiches. 

I especially love monterey jack cheese as an asiago cheese substitute because it is very easy to find. Almost every grocery store carries Monterey Jack! 

What is Asiago Cheese?

Asiago cheese is a hard, Italian cheese made from cow’s milk. Asiago cheese has to be made in the Asiago Plateau in Italy.

The cheese actually has a special certification and only cheese from this area can be labeled as true Asiago. Pretty cool!

Asiago cheese has been around since the 10th century. It started off as a sheep’s milk cheese and switched to cow’s milk as the popularity of cattle farming grew.

However, the cheese didn’t gain special certification until 1979 when it quickly became super popular through the new, special branding. 

What Does Asiago Cheese Taste Like?

Asiago cheese is a hard cheese that grows in flavor as it ages. It has a nutty, buttery flavor that is fairly mild. It is also quite salty, a little bit sweet and has a texture reminiscent of parmesan cheese

Wondering what to make with Asiago cheese? It is actually very versatile!

Asiago melts beautifully so it is great as a cheese on top of pizza, in a pasta dish or as a cheesy dipping sauce.

It is also a perfect cheese to grate and can be added as a finishing touch to salads, sandwiches and even into soups. 

The flavor does grow stronger if the cheese is aged longer than 9 months. If you want a more powerful asiago, make sure to get an aged version! 

Asiago Cheese Nutritional Facts

I mentioned before that I was looking for a cheese that may be a little healthier than asiago. But what exactly is the nutritional content of asiago cheese? 

Here is a quick look at the nutritional facts for one ounce of asiago cheese. 

Calories111
Fat7.3 grams
Protein10 grams
Carbs.9 grams

Final Considerations

Asiago cheese sure is delicious but all of these substitutes are great, too. There are so many cheeses you can use to replace asiago and each one is unique and tasty in its own way. Let me know which ones are your favorite! 

Asiago Alfredo Pasta

Asiago Alfredo Pasta

Yield: 5 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

A creamy, asiago cheese sauce is so delicious on pasta. I make this asiago alfredo pasta almost once a week.
This cheese sauce is the perfect quantity to coat one pound of pasta. Fettuccine noodles are the classic choice but I love this sauce on rigatoni or penne. 

Ingredients

  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • 4 ounces low fat cream cheese
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 cup grated asiago cheese

Instructions

  1. Add the butter, heavy cream and cream cheese to a small pot and bring to a simmer. Stir well to melt the cream cheese into the sauce. 
  2. Add the garlic, basil, salt and pepper and simmer for 2 minutes. 
  3. Add the asiago cheese and stir to melt the cheese into the sauce. Whisk and simmer for about 3 minutes. The sauce should be bubbling and thick.
  4. Pour the cheese sauce over your favorite cooked pasta noodles and then enjoy while hot and fresh!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 598Total Fat: 60gSaturated Fat: 38gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 180mgSodium: 706mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 11g
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