Featured Wisconsin Cheeses: Juustoleipa
Grilled Juustoleipa Mac & Cheese Salad
2 cups small macaroni noodles
2 cups flat leaf parsley, stalks removed
½ cup fresh mint leaves
¼ cup fresh oregano leaves
1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
¼ cup olive oil, plus 2 tablespoons for grill
1 pint grape tomatoes
1 pound asparagus
2 ears of sweet corn, in husks
2 red peppers
14 ounces of Juustoleipa (2 pieces)
Cook noodles in salted water according to package directions to al dente.
Meanwhile, use a 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.
Leftovers can be heated briefly in the microwave to soften cheese.
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