The Ultimate Penne Dish

How GOOD does this look? We can’t resist a delicious pasta dish so as soon as we came across this picture, we had to find the recipe. Turns out, it originated from Jennie June’s American Cookery Book from 1870! Thanks to Kitchen Historic, it’s been modernized. Try it out and let us know how it goes in the comments below.

10 ounces MACARONI
2 cups MILK
4 tablespoons FLOUR
4 tablespoons BUTTER
2/3 cup CREAM
1 teaspoon SALT
1 teaspoon PEPPER
CAYENNE, to taste
8 ounces OLD CHEDDAR, grated

1. Set a large pot of water to boil and cook the macaroni until tender. Strain the water and return the macaroni to the pot.
2. While the macaroni is cooking, mix the milk, flour, and butter in a medium saucepan. Stir until combined and butter has melted.
3. To the sauce, add the cream, mustard, salt, pepper, cayenne, and cheese. Mix together and simmer for ~5 minutes or until thickened.

4. Add finished sauce to macaroni and stir, cooking until evenly heated.

Bonne Appetite!


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