Provel and Provolone Cheese: Same?

Last Updated on August 14, 2023 by Aaron

Do you know the difference between provel and provolone cheese? Most people think that they are the same, but they are actually quite different.

In this blog post, we will discuss the differences between these two types of cheese. We will also give you a few tips on how to choose the right cheese for your needs.

Are they the same?

No, they are not the same. Provel cheese is processed cheese made of cheddar, Swiss, and provolone cheese. It is usually used in pizza, particularly the St. Louis style pizza, or as a topping on burgers. Provel cheese is known for its creamy and smooth texture. They also add the “smokey flavor” to the cheese.

On the other hand, provolone cheese is an aged cheese made from cow’s milk and has a mild flavor. It is often used in sandwiches and Italian dishes, such as lasagna or pizza. Provolone cheese is a semi-hard cheese that has a slightly salty, piquant flavor and a smooth texture.


Provolone is an aged pasta filata (stretched-curd) cheese made from cow’s milk. It melts well and has a good chewy texture in it. The younger version called provolone dolce is sweeter and milder. While the aged version is called Piccante, is sharper and grainier.

Provel is ideally a combination of different cheeses into a perfect cheese that not only melts well but also gives a nice break-off when biting down.

It combines the provolone melty stretchy properties, Swiss buttery nutty aroma, and cheddar’s sharp flavor, into a cheese that has a low melting point and is gooey but at the same time firm enough texture so it doesn’t all turn to a liquid mess – just right for the pizza!

Provel is not a table cheese. “Provel is an acquired taste…akin to chewing on a candle,” said in a blog post by The Salt.


Which one is Healthier?

By comparing the two brands of nutrition data from the USDA FoodData Central ( Imo’s Pizza 1, Heinen’s 2), provolone is providing double the amount of sodium than provel. In other words, provel is saltier. Both cheeses provide a good source of protein, calcium, vitamins, and other trace minerals.

Can You Substitute each other?

Yes, you can substitute each other. However, provel is not as readily available in most places as provolone cheese.

Is Provel another name for provolone cheese?

No, provel is not another name for provolone cheese. Provel is a processed cheese made of cheddar, Swiss, and provolone cheese. There were some rumors for the origin of the name, such as a combination of provolone and mozzarella, or comes from provolone but without the “-one” for more than one type of cheese. However, no answer is definitive.


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