Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Macaroni and Muenster Cheese

I was so excited to receive an invitation to participate a Linky Party called Crazy Cooking Challenge! The brainchild of this is Tina from Moms Crazy Cooking.
Here's how it works: Each month there's a theme and all participants search blog world to find a recipe from another blogger to make. It's a nice way to honor another blogger by making a recipe from their blog. We all post on the same day at the same time and then host a blog hop on our blogs. This month's theme is the Ultimate Macaroni & Cheese recipe.
Macaroni and Muenster Cheese
I told my husband I was going to join this party and mentioned what we'd be eating. I've never been fond of macaroni & cheese, but didn't know until the other day that he wasn't either. Boy were we both wrong! We loved THIS recipe!
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This mac and cheese recipe is from Melanie and her blog is Adorkable Recipes. What I like about it is the use of a white cheese since I don't care for cheddar. I followed the recipe exactly as it was on her blog. You will note that she mentions that she would decrease the amount of pasta the next time she makes it. We loved it just the way the recipes states. I don't care for the creamier texture. I loved the hint of garlic this recipe has.

Macaroni and Muenster Cheese
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Serves 6

16 oz. short cut pasta (medium shells, cavatappi, elbow macaroni, etc)*
3 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup evaporated milk (2/3 of a 12 oz can)
8 oz (2 cups) Muenster cheese, shredded
1/2 tsp dry mustard
2 Tbsp unsalted butter, for topping
1/4 cup cracker crumbs, for topping

*next time, I will try decreasing the pasta amount to 8oz, to allow for a creamier mac and cheese.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Boil water and cook pasta just shy of al dente. Meanwhile melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add in garlic and cook 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in evaporated milk. Add cheese and stir constantly until smoothly combined. Stir in salt, pepper and dry mustard.

Pour sauce over cooked pasta and stir to combine. Place in a greased 8x8 cooking dish. Melt remaining 2 Tbsp butter and toss with cracker crumbs. Sprinkle crumb mixture over the top of the casserole. Bake 20-25 minutes until topping is lightly golden.

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to check out all the great recipes on all of these blogs. There are over 60 of us participating! Don't forget to vote for your favorite!


BigBearswife said...

Love shell pasta! Great looking mac and cheese!!!

Stopping by from the MACARONI & CHEESE Linky Party through Moms Crazy Cooking

The Daily Smash said...

Hi I found your blog on the crazy cooking challenge. You have a great blog looks so yummy :) Check out my food blog

Lisa~~ said...

Munster is one of my favorite cheeses and I bet that it made one delicious recipe.
My Crazy Cooking Challenge entry: Velvety Mac & Cheese.

Cook Lisa Cook

Erin @ EKat's Kitchen said...

What a great looking dish. I'm not as familiar with Muenster cheese, but I'd love to try this soon!

Julie said...

We LOVE muenster at our house so I can't wait to give this one a try. Check out my recipe it's the mini mac-n-cheese pies!

The Farm Girl

Melanie {} said...

This is SO great, Patti! Thanks for emailing me and letting me know you had included my recipe. I am honored and super excited to hear you loved it!!

happydays525 said...

Wow, Patty! Loving looking at these recipes...I AM fond of mac and cheese sadly lol! :) Thanks for sharing!

Jennifer @ Mother Thyme said...

Hi! Thanks for sharing this delicious Mac and Cheese recipe! My folder is getting bigger with lots of new Mac and Cheese recipes I can't wait to try! Glad I found your site thru the Crazy Cooking Challenge! :)

The Better Baker said...

I am a participant in the Crazy Cooking Challenge and your dish really 'grabbed' me...I LOVE muenster cheese and shells and know this must be so tasty. I AM a mac 'n' cheese lover by the way...=) See you again next month!

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Nicole said...

Oh wow!! That looks excellent!! I've never had muenster cheese, definitely adding it to my list of things to try!!

Lyuba @ Will Cook For Smiles said...

Oh I love this version! I have to try it now...jez after this challenge I will be making mac and cheese for a year :)
Come see mine at

kayla said...

Yum, this sounds great! I'll be honest, I've never had muenster cheese before! But it sounds delish!

Thanks for checking out my recipe for CCC!


So glad you tried it anyway, and LIKED IT! Yeah for trying new things!

This challenge was so much fun! Hope you check out my Mac & Cheese Bites too!

Chameleon Girls said...

Muenster cheese? Yum!

Concetta said...

This is a really good choice - love Muenster cheese!!!

Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground said...

Hadn't thought of using Muenster in mac & cheese. Bet it was a wonderful mild cheesy flavor! Stopping over as a fellow CCC participant. Nice to 'meet' you!! (I'm #5.)

Diana said...

Patti....fabulous recipes. Thanks for sharing. Always love coming for a visit. Thanks for coming to see me!

Desi said...

I'm not sure if I've ever had Muenster cheese... but I'm willing to try any kind of cheese in my mac and cheese! Thanks for visiting my blog :)

Jimmy said...

Mm, looks so fresh. :) And with the tomatoes as a side dish <3 Thanks for the recipe!

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