Is there a more perfect food than macaroni and cheese? As you savor a chewy bite of pasta coated in melted cheese and sprinkled with toasted breadcrumbs and parmesan, you get the feeling that with this classic comfort food, cheese has found one its most important purpose in life.
The beauty of macaroni and cheese is that there's a million ways to make it, and everyone gets to choose their own favorite. Here in Wisconsin, we're fortunate to have more than 600 varieties of cheese at our fingertips as we consider what kind of mac to whip up today.
If you're looking for some cheesy inspiration, our website is chock-full of terrific recipes. And if you want a few tips on mastering your own take on this world-favorite phenom, read on.
Here's a tip straight from our Master Cheesemakers: it takes more than one kind of cheese to make great macaroni and cheese. You need cheeses that melt well to get that creamy flow, but melters often have milder, subtler flavors that get lost in a big, hearty dish. But if you use big-flavored cheeses that don't melt well, you may pull a rubbery, clumpy, oily mess out of the oven. Pairing two or more cheeses to get the perfect balance of gooey warmth and bold flavor is the key to killer macaroni and cheese.
Here are some of the Wisconsin cheeses that we think can help you find your own macaroni and cheese nirvana.
Cheeses that melt and bring flavor
Recipes for cheese and pasta casseroles were recorded as early as the 14th century in Italy. The first modern recipe for macaroni and cheese comes from an English cookbook in the 18th century. Thomas Jefferson and his che are often credited with bringing macaroni and cheese to prominence in America after having dined on the dish in Paris.
You'll find tons of great recipes on our website with all the details you need to make a fantastically delicious mac at home.
Here are a few additional tips:
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If you love macaroni and cheese, you gotta love Wisconsin. As the #1 cheese state, we produce one-quarter of all the cheese in America, and nearly half of the nation's artisan cheese. We're home to 1200 licensed cheesemakers as well as the only Master Cheesemaking program in the world outside of Switzerland. And our 600 varieties of cheese have won more than 5,500 awards for excellence, including many for the coveted Best Cheese in the World.
All that's to say, you'll find the best cheese in the world in Wisconsin. Which makes it easy to take your mac and cheese to a whole new level. So grab a few of your favorites, and let's make some mac and cheese magic.
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In Wisconsin, we make more flavors, varieties, and styles of cheese than anywhere else in the world. We believe in tradition, producing everything from Italian classics, like parmesan and ricotta, to swiss cheese and cheddar varieties. But every Wisconsin cheesemaker is an innovator as well, which is why we have so many Wisconsin originals, like colby and muenster. Whether it’s a grilled cheese sandwich, potatoes au gratin, or a charcuterie board, Wisconsin cheese makes every dish and recipe tastier.