Here is a recipe I've been meaning to share for a long time. In the early 1980's, I came across this delicious baked macaroni and cheese casserole in a cookbook of recipes from famous first ladies. Apparently, Nancy Reagan and I share the same affinity for a hearty, cheesy, custardy helping of pasta. This is our all-time favorite macaroni and cheese recipe.
Obviously, this one is going to take a little more effort than just boiling the pasta and dumping in a prepackaged sauce. But the results are definitely worth the extra energy. To me, the secret ingredient is the dry mustard. It adds a slightly undefinable flavor, nothing overpowering, just a pleasingly subtle zing not found in most macaroni and cheese dishes. I love to mix this up and bake it while we have chicken sizzling on the grill. Somehow, the two just go perfectly together. These two, served with baked beans, comprise our family's favorite meal.
Assemble the players.
Start the pasta boiling.
Dump in all the yumminess.
This one calls for your prettiest casserole.
Summon your clan and enjoy a true classic.
Mrs. Ronald Reagan's Macaroni and Cheese Casserole
- 1/2 lb. macaroni
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 cup milk
Remember: Kids who dine with the folks are healthier, happier and better students.
So, enjoy a meal around the table with your family tonight!