- As a professional chef, I know the best tips for making the perfect batch of mac and cheese.
- Pick a pasta that has ridges or curves to hold onto the sauce and boil it until it’s al dente.
- Make a sauce from scratch by starting with a roux, then slowly adding freshly grated cheese.
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Although boxed options can get the job done, mac and cheese is shockingly easy to make at home.
It’s also a dish you can experiment with and adjust to your liking by selecting your favorite cheese or adding toppings.
And as a professional chef, I know the best simple tips for making a great batch of mac and cheese in your own kitchen.
Pick your favorite pasta shape
Even though macaroni and cheese derives its name from the elbow-shaped pasta, you can make it with a variety of noodles.
Shells, cavatappi, farfalle, gemelli, and even pipette rigate can easily be tossed and coated in cheese sauce.
Ridges, cavities, and curves are ideal for holding onto the sauce, so avoid straight pasta, like spaghetti or fettuccine.
Cook the noodles until they’re al dente