Rich Macaroni and Cheese

I’m thinking he means Mueller’s macaroni.

Although some sources and advertisements do refer to a Muller’s Macaroni, there’s no indication such a company ever actually existed, and several sources mention the “Muller plant in Jersey City,” which is where the Mueller’s factory is located.

An odd name for a pasta company, to be sure. In 1867, German immigrant Christian F. Mueller started making egg noodles in Newark. Germans do enjoy various types of traditional buttered egg noodles. Over time, this evolved into a factory that makes dry pasta, something that there really isn’t a grand German tradition of preparing.

To put it another way, as a brand name, Mueller’s pasta feels as unnatural as drinking a Botticelli hefeweizen. But as a product, you could go so far as to say it’s almost the traditional elbow macaroni for baked macaroni and cheese (although the recipe below diverges wildly from the one on the box).

coverFrom a stapled collection of recipes from my preschool, c. 1982, in University Heights, Ohio.


Rich Macaroni and Cheese

1/2 box Mueller’s Macaroni
3 cheeses (medium, sharp and extra sharp)
1 stick butter
4 large eggs, beaten
seasoned salt and pepper
4 cups of milk

Mix well and put into oven at 350 degrees ’till brown on top.

Terry Lewis

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