Macaroni and Cheese
A gourmet’s macaroni and cheese, made with goat cheese, scallions and prosciutto. You can also use vegetable-colored macaroni to create a vibrant plate of red, green and orange hues—dazzling in the fall or any time of year. Photo courtesy of the National
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September 2005
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Macaroni And Cheese Recipe

Ronald Reagan’s Macaroni & Cheese



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Ronald Regan’s Macaroni & Cheese Recipe

Mac and cheese is the food of presidents: Ronald Reagan’s favorite food was macaroni and cheese.  Here’s his recipe, as prepared by the White House staff:

Serves 4 as an entrée, or 6 to 8 as a side dish


  • 1/2 pound macaroni
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 3 cups grated sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Pinch of paprika

From The White House Family Cookbook by H. Haller and V. Aronson

Ronald Reagan
President Ronald Reagan.


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.  Butter a 2-quart casserole dish.
  • Add macaroni to 2 quarts of boiling salted water and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Drain well in a colander. Transfer to a mixing bowl.
  • Stir in butter and beaten egg.  Add 2-1/2 cups of the grated cheese.
  • In a small bowl, combine milk with salt, mustard and Worcestershire sauce.
  • Spoon macaroni and cheese into the prepared casserole.  Pour milk mixture over and sprinkle top with the remaining cheese.
  • Sprinkle with paprika.  Bake on middle shelf of preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until macaroni is firm to the touch and the top is crusty and browned.
  • Serve at once, either as a light entree accompanied by a hot green vegetable and a crisp salad, or as a side dish with Hamburgers or Meat Loaf.

Mac & Cheese

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Recipe Variation: Bacon Macaroni & Cheese



  • 3/4 lb crisp bacon, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cup unseasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 pound uncooked macaroni
  • 3-5 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1-1/2 pounds of the cheese of your choice, grated—Cheddar, Swiss, goat, blue, etc.


  • Cook the bacon until it is very crisp; blot very dry on paper towels.
  • Melt the butter in a small pan at a low temperature. Add the bread crumbs and saute until browned, stirring frequently to avoid burning the crumbs.
  • Cook the macaroni according to package directions to the al dente state; drain.
  • Layer ingredients in a baking dish, alternating macaroni, then cheese, then crumbled bacon and chopped scallions on top of this. Make thin layers.

Top with the bread crumbs and bake at 350°F for 20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.

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