Recipe by sloofy
This is an easy recipe that my great-Aunt Damiana (Nellie)used to make for me when I was a little kid. I found out that her mother used to make it for her family when SHE was a kid! So, this recipe is over 100 years old! The secret to this recipe is mixing the butter and cheese into the macaroni while it is still hot, thus some-what melting the cheese on contact with the macaroni. Also, it is the Fontinella cheese that gives this recipe it's unique taste.
Top Review by lesliecoy
very good, very quick - the fontinella was a surprise, since I had never tried any before. I bought it special for this recipe. I saved 1 cup of the pasta water to add later when I warmed it up, made it nice and creamy.
- 2 cups elbow macaroni
- 2 cups fontinella cheese, grated
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons butter (not margarine)
- 1 teaspoon salt
Directions See How It's Made
- Add salt to 3 quarts of water and bring to a boil.
- Once the water comes to a boil, add the elbow macaroni, stirring occasionally.
- Cook macaroni for about 6-8 minutes, or until desired tenderness. (I prefer al dente').
- While macaroni is cooking, using a cheese grater, finely grate 2 cups of Fontinella cheese.
- Pour finished macaroni into a strainer, and strain out all the water.
- Place butter in the bottom of a medium mixing bowl, and pour macaroni on top of it. Mix until all the macaroni is coated with butter.
- Finally, gradually mix in the grated Fontinella cheese, mixing together with a fork, until all the macaroni is covered with the now-melted cheese.