Macaroni and Cheese

Watch Amanda and Merrill Make Macaroni and Cheese Without a Recipe

October 21, 2016

To celebrate this week’s launch of Amanda and Merrill’s book, A New Way to Dinner (out now!), we’re diving into the archives to revisit times they ripped out a page from their dinner playbooks for us.  

The pasta, the cheese, the bèchamel, the add-ins, the toppings: There are lots of directions to take your macaroni and cheese. You can go wrong with it—there's a version from Amanda's childhood that she absolutely detests (find out which in the video), but macaroni and cheese is a very good thing when made right.

In this video in our weekly series with The New York Times, watch Amanda and Merrill share good tips and tricks for making a better (ie., perfectly creamy, seasoned, browned-on-top) macaroni and cheese. One hint: Add lots of salt to that pasta water.

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Video by Kyle Orosz

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A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).

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Amy September 11, 2015
I like this, so many of my recipes come about from just doing, over the years. What I do wish is that you provide transcripts of the recipes you video... at 73, I just cannot keep up with you kids and would love to be able to save and read at the time I will be cooking it.
felicita April 5, 2015
This look delicious. OMG, now I'm hungry. Off to the kitchen.