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    How To Make Better Mac 'n' Cheese

    Maybe you're eating mac 'n' cheese out of a box right now. It's probably great. But with just a tiny bit more effort, you could be having a hero's meal.

    Step 1: Salt your pasta water GENEROUSLY.

    Step 2: Don't overcook the noodles.

    Step 3: Make a real sauce.

    Step 4: Add spices and seasoning (this step's optional).

    Step 5: Temper egg yolks into the sauce (definitely optional).

    Step 6: Add CHEEEEEESE (not optional).

    But also: Go WILD with the cheese varieties.

    Step 7: Now, really just add whatever you want.

    Step 8: Now combine your sauce with the pasta.

    Step 9: Put it in a thing that'll go in your oven.

    One thing to keep in mind with the vessel is exposed surface area.

    Step 10: Next step is toppings. Good macaroni and cheese has cheese on top too.

    For extra crunch you might use a combination that includes Parmesan.

    But for the most crunch, you'll need breadcrumbs. This just means combining melted butter

    with something crunchy.

    Step 11: Sprinkle the crumbs on top then put it in a 375F oven for 20-25 minutes.

    You'll know it's ready when it's bubbly, golden, smells amazing, and looks gorgeous.

    Once you've mastered basic mac 'n' cheese, there's lots of fun to have.

    Make a free-standing casserole.

    Make fried nuggets of mac 'n' cheese.

    Enjoy it even if you're gluten-free.

    Or vegan.