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Old-Fashioned Southern Macaroni and Cheese

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This isn't your average recipe for macaroni and cheese. Old-Fashioned Southern Macaroni and Cheese is an old-fashioned recipe from the Civil War era. What sets this recipe apart is that the macaroni is cooked in milk, so the noodles absorb a creamy flavor and the sauce can be made right in the same pan! Once baked with a bread crumb topping, you'll have delicious macaroni and cheese that's creamy and comforting.


Cooking Time35 min

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I can honestly say that this recipe is delicious. I had some left over mac cheese. I came here looking for a recipe for what to do with the leftovers and I saw that I had commented on this recipe before a year ago! I had forgotten about it. This time I will make it differently because the mac cheese is already cooked but the concept stays the same with the breadcrumb topping. That is the part which is especially nice and I add in some grated cheese to that.

I have never before made macaroni and cheese in a pan but I think, after having had this dish, I am a total convert to this method of cooking it! And cooking the pasta in milk makes it so creamy and absolutely delicious! Our family LOVES cheese so I confess we used a bit more than indicated in the recipe but that was the only change. It really is a very good dish, Hearty and totally satisfying and we will definitely be making it like this from now on.

I love recipes like this. My wife and I enjoy watching British cooking shows, and they'll often update a Victorian recipe for modern tastes and cooking. This sounds like a fascinating recipe to try out. The thought of cooking the macaroni in milk was completely new to me, and it makes sense since it eliminates some steps. I'm curious about the use of Parmesan cheese. I'm used to a cheddar or American cheese base, so this will be quite different. Definitely looking forward to giving this a try.

Boil the pasta in milk? Interesting. Ive never done that before, and I read that Im not the only one. Creamy and cheesy sounds great. My kids will love this creamy version of mac and cheese, but I think Ill add sausage to the recipe. Nice for tomorrows dinner. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

This macaroni and cheese does sound interesting. I am very keen to find out how it turns out with the pasta cooked in milk. How does the pasta not clump together? When I boil it in water I add in a teaspoon of oil. I expected this recipe to maybe add in the butter whilst the macaroni is cooking because of that but it doesn't. I think I will add in the butter when I cook the macaroni.

I am making this tonight for dinner. This recipe absolutely intrigues me. I have never boiled pasta in milk, and then it being made with parmesan cheese and breadcrubs, nutmeg and paprika, make it sound so Italian to me. Did the Italians fight in the Civil War?? All kidding aside. I can't wait to try it. The recipe is so straightforward and easy, how can I go wrong.

I love a great creamy macaroni and cheese as either a side dish or even on its own on those cold winter nights. I would probably use panko bread crumbs on this instead of the regular ones for even more crunch in the topping. I like the little bit of nutmeg in this dish, which is used a lot in traditional Italian cuisine.

I made this last night for the family and it was a hit! I've never cooked the pasta in milk before, so I was a bit skeptical at first. However, it made the mac creamy and the consistency was perfect. It tasted like a classic southern mac and cheese! My brothers are not huge fans of breadcrumbs on mac and cheese, but this recipe 100% won them over! Also -- the nutmeg was a power play, LOVED it!

Homemade macaroni and cheese is my comfort food! I'm always looking for good recipes for this. This recipe is quite unique since the macaroni or penne is cooked in the milk. Also, most of these dishes are made with cheddar cheese so the parmesan cheese is a welcome variation. The nutmeg will impart a good flavor. Since I like my pasta al dente, I would add the other ingredients while it was still a bit underdone. Then, the pasta will have a good consistency after it is baked.

This would be an Alfredo made in one pan. I would really like to try this. Going to the store today and I am planning on picking up some pasta. I may just make this tonight. Parmesan cheese sauce over pasta is one of my daughters favorite meals. I am sure she would like it.

Been looking for a good Mac and Cheese recipe. This one looks really good and easy to make. It is only made with one cup Parmesan cheese and that sounds absolutely delicious. This sounds like it will be one of my favorite go to recipes when I am in a hurry. Can't wait to try it.

This sounds pretty delicious. I'll have to try it. I'm used to the other way, where you cook the noodles in water, strain, and then get into the nitty gritty of making your cheese sauce. This looks like it cuts out the extra steps, which is always nice.

I like idea of one pot cooking. I would boil the pasta in one pot and then transfer it to the oven. This recipe is lower in fat than many mac and cheese recipes I have seen, economizing on butter and cheeses. It looks good and I will give it a try.


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