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Macaroni and Cheese

Updated: Mar 21, 2019

Origin - Italy

#Italian #American #Rich #Creamy #Cheesy #Pasta

mac and cheese recipe
Toppings vary between each Macaroni and Cheese recipe

Since the Kraft Company put Macaroni and Cheese in a box in 1937, every American kid has had this creamy gooey favorite. From a backyard picnic to a classy restaurant, Macaroni and Cheese is universally loved! Whether it’s from a box, homemade from scratch, or served at a Beverly hills restaurant, this dish is equally welcomed wherever it finds itself, in any kind of recipe.

There are so many kinds of Macaroni and Cheese recipes out there, but it mainly consists of cooked macaroni drenched in a cheese sauce, most commonly using cheddar cheese. Toppings vary depending on the creativity of the chef.

[ Fun Fact ]

Macaroni and Cheese has remained on the list of America’s Top 10 Comfort Foods for decades!

[ History ]

As you might expect, Macaroni and Cheese traces its roots to Italy; home to many culinary delights enjoyed internationally. Food historians have found the first version of the Macaroni and Cheese recipe in an Italian cookbook from all the way back in the 13th century!

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Thomas Jefferson from the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC.

How the dish traveled all the way to the United States is unclear, but some say that the creamy combo made its way across the world courtesy of Thomas Jefferson, who, while visiting France, fell in love with the different pasta dishes served there. He then brought back some of his favorite pasta recipes and had them served at a state dinner. His love for macaroni and cheese eventually spread to the American people and became a staple dish of American cuisine.


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