Cheese experts: Mac 'n Goat Cheese
I think Garrotxa is too pungent and the wrong texture.
I would use a goat's milk cheddar as my first choice, perhaps mixed with some fresh goat or a gently ripened buche type, or instead of the cheddar, a goat gouda.
Someone recently gave me a half dozen different goat cheeses, and I was planning on trying a mac-n-goat cheese myself this weekend. I have some leftover goat's milk in the fridge, and am thinking I will use that rather than cow's milk. I hope my kitchen doesn't smell like a barnyard.
re: Pat P
Thanks for the suggestion, I used what I had and it wasn't too pungent at all, but it was terribly bland. I used a whole pound of cheese, 1/4 cup parmesan to 2 lbs. of pasta (is the Tom Valenti recipe in his new book), and now I have 2 pounds of bland, yucky mac 'n expensive cheese. Ugh.
I will use your suggestions to try again though.
Here's a bit of a "secret twist" on MacNGoat cheese... use a "pesto macaroni" or add pesto to the goat cheese sauce...
THEN serve with a sauvignon blanc...
If you want to be even more genius, serve this as a side dish alongside crab claws AND/OR, dice up some crab chunks and throw it in the mac...
Serve with glass of SB and your diners will be amazed.