In my opinion, pasta and cheese are a great combination. Undoubtedly Macaroni and Cheese (Mac and Cheese) is a favorite in many households. Indeed also a favorite for the beginner cook, looking for an easy recipe to follow.
In the 14th century it was recorded in an Italian cookbook, Liber de Coquina. This recipe was made with parmesan cheese and paste.
A cheese and pasta casserole was also famous way back then as an English medieval cookbook had a recipe for Forme of Cury. (Referring to a dish made with fresh hand-cut pasta and a mixture of melted cheese and butter.)
Now modern recipes of Macaroni and cheese include a Béchamel sauce with cheddar cheese. In French cooking, the sauce would be called a Mornay sauce. I think the idea of macaroni, sprinkled with cheese, and baked until bubbly and golden, is simply fantastic. Some indulgence is to add heavy cream to the recipe, but this is purely optional.
What to expect!
The original recipe would have only macaroni and cheese in it, but our recipe has a twist. Topped with tomato, it gives it an extra bit of flavor, but it is optional.
As is the bacon that we’ve added.
Time: 60 mins
Course: Lunch, Dinner
Preheat oven to 180°C.
Bake for 30 to 40 min until golden and set.
The Italian ‘Liber de Conquino’ or ‘Book of Cooking’ dated back to the 13th century included a recipe called “de lasanis”. This is believed to be the origin of Macaroni and Cheese. The recipe called for sheet pasta cut into 2-inch squares, cooked in water, and tossed with grated cheese like Parmesan.
Americans improvised and used cheddar cheese.
Today there are thousands of versions of Mac and Cheese, even including onion, bacon, and tomato, and often a variety of cheeses.
“Boxed mixes consist of uncooked pasta and either a liquid cheese sauce (often labeled “deluxe”) or powdered ingredients to prepare it. The powdered cheese sauce is mixed with either milk or water, and margarine, butter, or olive oil and added to the cooked pasta. Some mixes prepared in a microwave cook the pasta in the sauce.
Another popular variant is jarred macaroni cheese sauce, which is especially popular in the UK and US, available under the Dolmio and Ragú brands, among others. The pasta is purchased and prepared separately, then mixed with the heated cheese sauce.
Powdered cheese sauce, very similar to what is found inside a box of macaroni and cheese mix, is also sold without the pasta.
A number of different products on the market use this basic formulation with minor variations in ingredients.
Although high in carbohydrates, calories, fat, and salt, macaroni and cheese is a source of protein and certain variations of the dish can decrease the negative health aspects.”
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