Reply mary vincent April 10, 2009 at 10:25 am. Cheese slices will stand in for shredded cheese in any melting application. Parmesan, fontina, ricotta, or marscapone are good here but optional. Here are three incredible ways to turn mozzarella into a cheese lover's paradise. Reduced fat cheeses do not have the same structure as regular cheeses and they become tough and rubbery with prolonged heating, according to the cheese company Sargento, so avoid using low fat cheese slices for melting. It should take about 5 minutes for the cheese to melt, but keep your eye on it in case it melts in less time. Make it on the thin side so the pasta can continue to cook by absorbing it in the oven. https://www.epicurious.com/expert-advice/how-to-melt-cheese-recipe-article nothing in it but moz. I admit the years ago..an x inlaw used to make a baked moz to die for. Baked Mozzarella in Tomato Sauce Pour 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes into a 6" or 8" cast-iron skillet. Stir the cheese as necessary in order to break up any large chunks that form in the bowl. Put the bowl of cheese in the steamer basket to melt the cheese. Don’t put the cheese … You can add a good melting cheese to this sauce (mozz is not one of them) but it is not necessary.