Knowledge Nugget–September 20

Mac n’ cheese did not always come in a box.  In the 14th century it was made with hand-cut pasta sandwiched between a mixture of melted butter and cheese. Make Cosmo’s favorite mac n’ cheese recipe for dinner tonight with your family.

Believe it or not but back before the 18th century macaroni and cheese was considered an upper-class dish.

Cosmo’s Favorite Mac n’ Cheese
(serves 4)

2 C. dried elbow macaroni (or your favorite variety of pasta)
2 Tbsp butter or margarine
2 Tbsp. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper to taste
2 1/2 C. milk
10 slices of American cheese
1/2 C. crushed Ritz® crackers or Goldfish® crackers

1. Cook macaroni according to package directions.
2. Meanwhile, for cheese sauce, in a medium saucepan melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour, salt and pepper. Add milk all at once. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Add cheese slices, stirring until melted. Stir in cooked macaroni. Transfer mixture to a 2-qt casserole. Sprinkle crushed crackers on top.
3. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

Short on time? Skip the crackers and omit the baking step.

Fun fact: In other countries macaroni and cheese is called “macaroni pie” because it is cooked like a casserole.

We would love to hear how your batch of Cosmo’s Mac’ n Cheese turned out by leaving a comment.

Recipe provided, tested and loved by KidzWorld
Information on macaroni and cheese from Wikipedia