A simple dish like baked macaroni and cheese seems impossible to mess up, but I’ve run across my fair share of dry, clumpy, bland, and mushy versions of it. Here we make sure to undercook the pasta (so it doesn’t get soft in the oven), rinse off the extra starch that contributes to a gluey dish, and mix it with plenty of cheesy sauce. Then we top it with buttery panko breadcrumbs and bake until it’s oozy, golden on top, and perfectly cooked. Check out this recipe if you prefer a stovetop version of mac ‘n’ cheese.
Watch the CHOW Test Kitchen’s Amy Wisniewski make this simple baked macaroni and cheese in an episode of our Easiest Way video series.