Let me take you back about a month ago to the cutest foodie friend date the world has ever seen. It was a beautifully sunny afternoon, not too hot with a nice cool breeze running through the air. Living in Ohio, you have to take advantage of the weather right away because the weather is incredibly temperamental. Thus, my two friends and I set out on a picnic in the park under the cutest little gazebo you ever did see. We all agreed to bring a small element for our somewhat impromptu lunch. I volunteered to bring avocado toast, my friend cassidy brought along fruit salad, and my other friend, Haily, offered to bring a turkey salad for sandwiches.
When we convened at our picnic spot, the menu changed slightly to a more snack-like lunch, which I was rather happy about. Snack food is the best food and should not be limited to the snacking hours of the day. Instead of turkey salad, Haily brought along goat cheese, crackers, and fresh raspberries, a much more portable option, and in my opinion, a rather tasty one too!
We had a wonderful afternoon, sitting inside the gazebo, munching on our snacks and girl-talking our hearts out. Of course a dancing foodie meal never goes without some kind of glitch, and suddenly the sprinklers turned on, showering us with it’s freezing cold droplets. It could have been a very tragic end to lunch, but we laughed it off and embraced the moment.
The rest of the afternoon, my mind kept returning back to the simple ingredients that we ate for lunch that were absolutely delicious. Bakery bread, creamy goat cheese, perfectly ripe avocados: ingredients in their natural state, but it no way, shape or form boring. I also could not get over the incredibly creamy goat cheese. How could I call myself a foodie when I never even bothered to pay attention to this extraordinary cheese? It is a shame how underrated this fromage has been in the culinary world, and I was determinded to do something about it.
And with that I was off to the kitchen, pots and pans scattered all over the burner, the sink quickly filling up with dirty dishes. A gigantic kitchen mess and an hour later, this recipe was born: Goat Cheese Mac and Cheese. Aka an ode to the best cheese in the world.
I apologize for all the overdramatic-ness and (goat) cheesy-ness of this post, but I kind of had to. Goat cheese is a serious matter. Now it is your duty as a foodie to make this goat cheese mac and cheese and have a super-hipster picnic under a gazebo.
- 1 & ¾ cups Modern Table Meals lentil elbow pasta
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 4 oz goat cheese
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp pepper
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tbsp parsley
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- ½ cup sun-dried tomatoes
- Pour the chicken broth into a medium pot, and boil until the liquid is reduced to about half.
- Once the broth is reduced, add in the goat cheese, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cornstarch. Stir continuously until all of the cheese has melted and the mixture has begun to thicken.
- Let the mixture simmer for about 5-10 minutes, stirring frequently until it has thickened to the desired consistency.
- While the sauce is thickening, cook the pasta according to the package directions.
- Add in parsley and sun-dried tomatoes to the sauce along with the pasta and serve immediately.