Civil War Macaroni and Cheese

Old Fashioned recipe for homemade Macaroni and Cheese comes from 1861 Civil War recipes cookbook “Civil War Recipes: Receipts from the Pages of Godey’s Lady’s Book“. The most unusual thing about this recipe is that macaroni are cooked in milk. I haven’t tried that before, but I can tell you that it is a very good idea. The pasta soaks milk flavor while cooking and you don’t need to make sauce separately. And it is all done in one pot. The original recipe for “Maccaroni Cheese” reads as follows: “Boil the maccaroni in milk; put in the stewpan butter, cheese, and seasoning; when melted, pour into the maccaroni, putting breadcrums over, which brown before the fire all together.” As you can see, it is not very precise about ingredient measurements so we are free to interpret as best as we can. During Civil War they used long, straight “pipe maccaroni” (in Italy called Bucatini) for this recipe. I didn’t have them on hand so I used penne instead. If one wants to be completely authentic, one should make their own macaroni and probably use Parmesan cheese. Civil War Macaroni and Cheese are different then the kind we are used to, but they are certainly worth a try. READ MORE...

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