Civil War Mac ‘n Cheese ~ Sundays With Steffi

Happy Sunday, Liberty Lovers!

Who doesn’t love macaroni and cheese?

Ronald Reagan and Thomas Jefferson both loved macaroni and cheese. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was recently seen making instant mac and cheese on Instagram. She and I have one thing in common – we both are cooking challenged!

In this video, I kick it up a notch (as chef Emeril Lagasse would say) by making homemade macaroni and cheese from an 1861 Civil War recipes cookbook called “Civil War Recipes: Receipts from the Pages of Godey’s Lady’s Book.” You can purchase the cookbook at my Amazon affiliate link here:

Civil War Macaroni and Cheese Recipe:
Servings: 2-3


2 1/2 cups macaroni or penne
4 cups milk
3 Tbsp butter
1 cup Parmesan cheese
ground pepper black or white
a pinch of nutmeg
1/4 cup bread crumbs
a pinch of paprika


1. Boil macaroni noodles for about 15 minutes in milk with a pinch of salt. Be careful since the milk could boil over.
2. When macaroni are done, and they absorb most of the milk, add butter, parmesan cheese, pepper and nutmeg to the pot. Stir until butter and cheese melt.
3. Transfer to a buttered baking dish (volume 4 cups or 1 liter).
4. Combine bread crumbs with paprika and sprinkle over macaroni.

Bake Civil War Macaroni and Cheese in 350 F (175C) oven for about 20 minutes or until breadcrumbs become lightly brown.

Let’s burn things and learn some fun facts in this action-packed historical cooking demonstration!

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