Who invented macaroni and cheese?
Macaroni and cheese may be the ultimate comfort food: warm, filling and easy to make. But how did this Italian delicacy become one of the world’s most beloved dishes?
The Liber de Coquina, or Book of Cooking, an Italian cookbook from the 13th century, includes a recipe called de lasanis that foodie historians believe is the first macaroni and cheese recipe. The recipe calls for sheet pasta cut into two-inch (50-millimeter) squares, cooked in water and tossed with grated cheese, likely Parmesan.
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