Anybody who doubts that macaroni and cheese has a Southern pedigree need only be directed to any cafeteria from Virginia to Alabama to observe the heaping spoonfuls being plopped on virtually every plate that passes down the line. History has not recorded whether this was the dish
In a large, heavy saucepan, melt the butter over moderate heat, add the flour, and whisk 1 minute. Whisking constantly, gradually add the milk till the mixture bubbles and thickens. Remove the pan from the heat, add the salt, nutmeg, two peppers, and cheddar cheese, and stir till the cheese melts completely. Set aside.
Fill another large saucepan with water, bring to a boil, add the macaroni, and cook according to package directions. Drain the macaroni well in a colander.
Stir the drained macaroni into the cheese sauce till well blended, scrape into the prepared casserole, and sprinkle Parmesan over the top.
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