A gourmet’s macaroni and cheese, made with goat cheese, scallions and prosciutto. You can also use vegetable-colored macaroni to create a vibrant plate of red, green and orange hues—dazzling in the fall or any time of year. Photo courtesy of the National
Pasta Association, ilovepasta.org.
Updated November 2009
Macaroni And Cheese Recipe
Ronald Reagan’s Macaroni & Cheese
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Ronald Regan’s Macaroni & Cheese Recipe
Mac and cheese is the food of presidents: Ronald Reagan’s favorite food was macaroni and cheese. Here’s his recipe, as prepared by the White House staff:
Serves 4 as an entrée, or 6 to 8 as a side dish
- 1/2 pound macaroni
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 egg beaten
- 3 cups grated sharp Cheddar cheese
- 1 cup warm milk
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- Pinch of paprika
From The White House Family Cookbook by H. Haller and V. Aronson
President Ronald Reagan.
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 2-quart casserole dish.
- Add macaroni to 2 quarts of boiling salted water and cook for 10 minutes.
- Drain well in a colander. Transfer to a mixing bowl.
- Stir in butter and beaten egg. Add 2-1/2 cups of the grated cheese.
- In a small bowl, combine milk with salt, mustard and Worcestershire sauce.
- Spoon macaroni and cheese into the prepared casserole. Pour milk mixture over and sprinkle top with the remaining cheese.
- Sprinkle with paprika. Bake on middle shelf of preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until macaroni is firm to the touch and the top is crusty and browned.
- Serve at once, either as a light entree accompanied by a hot green vegetable and a crisp salad, or as a side dish with Hamburgers or Meat Loaf.
Photo of Macaroni and Cheese courtesy of Schwann’s.
Recipe Variation: Bacon Macaroni & Cheese
- 3/4 lb crisp bacon, crumbled
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 1/2 cup unseasoned bread crumbs
- 1 pound uncooked macaroni
- 3-5 scallions, finely chopped
- 1-1/2 pounds of the cheese of your choice, grated—Cheddar, Swiss, goat, blue, etc.
- Cook the bacon until it is very crisp; blot very dry on paper towels.
- Melt the butter in a small pan at a low temperature. Add the bread crumbs and saute until browned, stirring frequently to avoid burning the crumbs.
- Cook the macaroni according to package directions to the al dente state; drain.
- Layer ingredients in a baking dish, alternating macaroni, then cheese, then crumbled bacon and chopped scallions on top of this. Make thin layers.
Top with the bread crumbs and bake at 350°F for 20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.
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