Royal Mac & Cheese

October 31, 2020

Prince William and Prince Harry have made headlines lately for their seemingly ‘separation of ways’. While many brothers may attest to differences of opinion, it is a social media storm that follows this apparent divide. But back in the day, according to a recent reveal by chef Darren McGrady (who worked for the Royal family for 15 years), the two boys adored sharing a specially prepared dish of macaroni and cheese.

“Mac and cheese”… ahhh the memories!! I think we all can recall this scrumptious dish from years gone by. Especially during the cold winter season. How it warmed the senses and soothed the soul! This reflection made me wonder… who actually is responsible for this iconic combination?

Interestingly, pasta with cheese was recorded in the 14th century in the Italian cookbook ‘Liber de Coquina’, featuring a casserole of “parmesan and pasta”. But the first modern recipe for mac and cheese as we know it today, was included in Elizabeth Raffald’s 1770 ‘The Experienced English Housekeeper’ with instructions …”baked until bubbly and golden”.

From these roots, mac and cheese was brought to Canada by British immigrants. Recipes of such have been noted here since at least 1845. For the record, it is currently said that Canadians eat more macaroni and cheese than anywhere else in the world!

I don’t know about you, but life just seems brighter when the aroma of mac and cheese wafts freely on a cold November day. I can only hope that the sentiment is the same for Harry and William. And may these unforgettable memories rekindle their bond …and for us all, make this troubled world a little brighter.

William and Harry’s Favorite

  • 1 cup elbow macaroni pasta
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup cream
  • 1 cup Cheddar
  • 1/2 cup Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 1/2 cup Mozzarella
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Bring pot of water to boil; add macaroni; cook to el dente
  2. Mix the butter and flour in saucepan on low; gradually whisk in milk and cream
  3. Continue mixing; add pinch of salt and pepper to taste
  4. Add grated Cheddar; stir well then add grated Reggiano
  5. Allow sauce to cook for approx. 10 minutes then stir in the cooked macaroni and Mozzarella
  6. Pour all into an oven-safe dish; sprinklewith a little more Cheddar and bake for 15-20 minutes at 375F