In this exclusive Hungry History video, host Ian Knauer explains how founding father Thomas Jefferson discovered pasta in Europe and introduced it to the United States. He also churns out some homemade pasta and a simple dish similar to the one Jefferson used to serve his guests at the White House. Check out the recipe below to try it yourself.
THOMAS JEFFERSON’S HOMEMADE PASTA WITH BUTTER AND CHEESE SAUCE
4 cups flour
Pinch of salt
Put the flour on a bread board. Make a hollow in the middle and break in the eggs. Knead it thoroughly, adding more flour if necessary, until you have a dough you can roll out. Roll it as thin as an eighth of an inch. Cut into desired shape, such as fettuccine or tagliatelle.
BUTTER AND CHEESE SAUCE
1 pound fresh pasta of choice
1 stick of butter
1 1/2 cups grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
Salt and pepper
While 1 pound of pasta cooks, melt the butter in a small saucepan. Add 1/2 cup of pasta cooking water and heat through.
Toss al dente pasta into the pan with the butter and add cheese to heat through. Season with salt and pepper.
About the Host: After spending close to a decade in the test kitchens of Gourmet Magazine, where he developed recipes and co-hosted “Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie” and “Adventures with Ruth,” Ian poured his love of food back into his family’s Pennsylvania farm. There, he grows his own vegetables and cooks everything from scratch. He recently released his first cookbook, “The Farm: Rustic Recipes for a Year of Incredible Food.” He also writes for several publications and contributes to Cooking Channel’s “Unique Eats.”