Veggie

Grilled Juustoleipa Mac and Cheese Salad

Juustoleipa, or “bread cheese,” is a squeaky, buttery cheese that is toasted and best served warm. You can place the cheese directly on the grill to heat through until it reaches gooey perfection – it won’t completely melt.

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Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 2 cups elbow pasta, dry
  •   salt
  • 2 cups fresh flat-leaf parsley, stalks removed
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint
  • 1/4 cup fresh oregano
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 garlic clove
  •   black pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes
  • 1 pound asparagus
  • 2 ears sweet corn, in husks
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 14 ounces Wisconsin juustoleipa cheese

Directions

Cook noodles in salted water according to package directions to al dente.

Meanwhile, use food processor to combine parsley, mint, oregano, zest and juice of both lemons, garlic and black pepper to taste. Stream in ¼ cup olive oil and process until well blended. Toss noodles with dressing while still warm. Set aside.

Heat grill and brush with olive oil. Skewer tomatoes and asparagus (to prevent rolling) and place directly on grill (a grill basket can be used in place of skewers). Grill for a few minutes on each side. Remove and set aside. Place corn (in husks) and whole red peppers directly on grill and cook until all sides are well blackened. Remove from grill and allow to cool.

Once vegetables are cooled, chop asparagus into bite-sized pieces, discarding tough ends. Peel corn and cut kernels off the cob. Remove blackened skin, stem and seeds from red peppers and slice into small pieces. Add tomatoes, asparagus, corn and red pepper to pasta mixture and mix well.

Finally, place juustoleipa on grill and heat for a few minutes on each side until cheese is softened and warmed through. Remove cheese from grill and slice into bite-sized pieces. Mix into pasta vegetable mixture and serve immediately, while cheese is still warm.

Tip: Leftovers can be heated briefly in the microwave to soften cheese.

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Be sure to use plenty of cheese. Use as much cheese as macaroni, by weight. More is better!