Your Best Franco-Manitoban Recipes: Baked Pasta |  Elections in Manitoba – 2016

Your Best Franco-Manitoban Recipes: Baked Pasta | Elections in Manitoba – 2016

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The first recipe for macaroni and cheese was found in a 14th century book. An Italian cookbook written in Latin was called Liber de shell rock.

The word pasta comes from the Greek. macaria which stands for barley-based recipe. In 1590 the Italians then called pasta any paste in the form of tubes. The first pasta gratin recipe as we know it today dates back to 1769. It was found in an English recipe book. This pasta was then called: detours.

Macaroni and cheese first appeared at the White House in the United States in 1801, shortly after Thomas Jefferson was elected president.

Macaroni and cheese can take many forms depending on the taste and contents of our pantry. This dish is very popular in North America. It is said that in Canada its popularity exceeds even the popularity of pizza.

Today it’s Greg Selinger, the outgoing Prime Minister of Manitoba and a candidate in the April 2016 provincial elections, who cooks a family recipe for mac and cheese and salad with his son Pascal.

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  • 2 cups pasta
  • 5 slices thick bacon, cooked
  • 500 g cottage cheese
  • 150 g Boursin cheese (one box)
  • 450g sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • salt and pepper for taste
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Start by grating the cheddar cheese.

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Cooking pasta and bacon

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Boil pasta in salted boiling water until tender, but still Al dente. Drain the pasta well and transfer to a platter. To book. Prepare bacon to your liking.

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When the bacon is cooked, remove excess fat and cut the meat into pieces.

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Mixing Ingredients

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Add three cheeses to pasta: cheddar, cottage cheese and boursen. Mix well to melt the cheeses. Then add the bacon and transfer the mixture to a heat-resistant glass dish.

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Sprinkle the casserole with shredded cheddar cheese and bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes.

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You should take advantage of the cooking time of the pot to start washing dishes and putting everything away before tasting.

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Pasta is cooked

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The dish is successful, father and son are happy. Today Pascal has changed the recipe. Usually his mother, Claudette Toupin, adds ham and green peas. Pascal replaced them with thick slices of bacon, Boursin cheese, and added cheese on top to complete the casserole.

The family cooks this comfort food at least once a month since the kids were small.

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The Selinger clan serves pasta with spinach salad, boiled eggs and bacon. A real delight!

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Dinner with the Toupin-Sellinger family

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