18 Oct

User Error: Mozzarella Macaroni

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Pin Reaper: Blendra

My Blog: http://blendra.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Blendra

Original Inspiration: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/283656476503757319/, via http://dontworrybehappykeeplearning.blogspot.com/2013/04/best-easiest-tastiest-mac-and-cheese.html

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What I Did: It looked like a super fast, yummy recipe for macaroni and cheese. Who wouldn’t love that.

Blog Post Detailing The Experience: http://blendra.com/eat/my-mozzarella-macaroni-mishap

My Result:

pinteret fail mozzarella macaroni and cheese

Next Time I Will:  Definitely won’t use shredded mozzarella again. Yes! Roll those bad boys into balls and fry ‘em up!

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Comments on this post
  1. Anne says:

    Sounds delicious to me. Then again, I don’t mind mozzarella clumps in food.

    1. Patrick M. says:

      The original recipe called for cheddar cheese. Cheddar and mozzarella have completely different water/fat ratios. It would have worked if you had followed the recipe.

      1. Christin says:

        I’d still eat it :)

        1. Blendra says:

          Haha, Patrick, you didn’t read all the way to the end where she tells me I can use any kind of cheese and pasta I wanted. (;

          1. Blendra says:

            Thanks for posting this, seriously, one of my worst pinterest fails. Ha. (: Love your site!

            1. Jenna says:

              Hope you don’t mind that I labeled it as a “user error” fail. I like that this site teaches me things like “Don’t substitute mozzarella when a recipe calls for cheddar.” For a novice cook, cheese is cheese!

              1. Blendra says:

                Haha, I don’t mind at all. Cheese is cheese to me too!

                1. Sylvie says:

                  My guess? This wasn’t the cheese’s fault. this was a problem with the heat. The pasta was not hot enough to properly get the cheese to blend into it.

                  This is what happens if you try to make a cheese sauce and the base isn’t hot enough. It causes all kinds of fails.

                  Yes, mozzarella has a different melt texture than cheddar. True. But it could have been done with mozzarella, provided the milk was still super hot, and provided the cheese was added in smaller amounts at a time.

                  So, try again, but this time, add the cheese one small handful at a time, BEFORE the pasta has completely absorbed the milk, and while the milk is still super hot. Like lava. Stir, stir, stir. Let it heat up to lava state again, then add another handful of cheese.

                  Hopefully, this will work.

                  1. Sylvie says:

                    Oh, and you totally don’t have to publish this comment, but I wanted to tell you that I LOVE your site so much. As in… I’m one of those super fans that subscribes to your rss feed so I don’t miss a thing. Thanks for making me laugh so hard my ribs hurt. :)

                    1. Brittany says:

                      I would SO still eat it!

                      1. Tenko says:

                        The fail doesn’t look like the original, but it looks delicious nonetheless.

                        1. Jennifer says:

                          It looks good for me too!

                          1. Angie @ Don't Worry. Be Happy. Keep Learning. says:

                            Hello there!

                            I am the author of mac & cheese post you got this from, and I just stumbled upon your blog. Thanks for sharing it (even though this time was a fail…)!

                            I am so bummed that the mozzarella didn’t work out for you either. I recently posted an update to the post mentioning that mozzarella just didn’t work great for us either. I guess we live and learn. (See update here: http://dontworrybehappykeeplearning.blogspot.com/2013/04/best-easiest-tastiest-mac-and-cheese.html)

                            I do hope that you try it again with all cheddar or a mix of cheddar jack or something else you love. Or maybe look into what Sylvie suggests above. She’s got good points!

                            It really is a staple at our house and we love to make it often!

                            Anyway, happy cooking as always!
                            Angie @ Don’t Worry. Be Happy. Keep Learning.

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