How many of you have been missing authentic chicken noodle soup? Well guess what?! You don’t have to miss out any longer. I’m going to show you how to make a perfect chicken noodle soup with noodles made from… CHEESE!
It seems crazy I know, but it was one of my more brilliant ideas. And I’m so excited to share with you. In this recipe I’ve used something called bread cheese for the noodles!
Bread cheese, also known as Juustoleipa or Finnish “squeaky cheese,” is a curd cheese that doesn’t melt but gets soft and slightly chewy with heat. You can find another way I’ve used bread cheese in my recipe for Butter-Fried Bread Cheese With Marinara Dipping Sauce (they are wayyy better than mozzarella sticks!).
What Exactly Is Bread Cheese?
Bread cheese, or Juustoleipa, originated in Finland and other parts of northern Europe. Juustoleipa is a fresh-milk curd cheese that has been pressed into blocks and dried. Removing the moisture from the cheese allows it to have a very long shelf life, therefore traditionally keeping for up to several years. Because of the low moisture and the low fat content of the cheese, it doesn’t melt easily but instead gets soft, chewy, and squeaks against your teeth when biting, hence the name “squeaky cheese.” Originally, Juustoleipa was just dried and then re-toasted before serving, giving it a slightly browned crust resembling bread. Today, manufacturers actually toast the cheese during the manufacturing process so it’s sold with the brown crust.
Juustoleipa is very similar to the Turkish cheese halloumi or the Indian cheese paneer. All three of these cheeses have a very high melting point and brown nicely in a pan or on the grill. This style of cheese is very easy to make at home and I can recommend a few books and kits to get you started! Both the books below have recipes for halloumi and paneer.
Now, it’s not that easy to find a recipe to make your own bread cheese. So I’ll make it my mission to come up with an awesome recipe and share it here at Butter For ALL. In the meantime I did run across this pretty easy recipe from Foodgeeks, but I haven’t tried it yet.
Bread Cheese For Noodles!
I have only used Carr Valley Bread Cheese to make the noodles for this chicken noodle soup recipe. You may experience different results if another brand or a homemade cheese is used.