It’s about time for our mac & cheese of the month, isn’t it?
I’m away this weekend, in Toronto and then Hockley, at the very first Food Bloggers of Canada conference, and so in my absence I left some frozen meatballs and a casserole for the boys (which I fully expect to find in the fridge on Sunday), and I’m leaving this mac and cheese for you.
My sister texted it to me, having seen it on Food52… she knows there’s a good chance that if she texts me something, it will show up on the dinner table. (See: Shakshuka.) She always comes up with good finds – I should have her curate DwJ on the side.
The genius of this particular mac & cheese, besides the fact that there’s no cheese sauce to make, is that it’s baked on a rimmed baking sheet (read: all surface area), making it all crunchy top, no soft innards. If you’re all about the cheesy, crispy bits, you’ll want to make this.
In short, it’s perfect for leaving on the stovetop and picking at. Which is pretty much what we did.
Baking Sheet Mac & Cheese
adapted from Food52
4-5 cups grated old cheddar
3/4 lb. macaroni or other small pasta
salt and pepper
3/4 cup half & half
Preheat the oven to 450F and generously butter a large rimmed baking sheet – I buy half bun pans at the restaurant supply store. Combine the grated cheeses and set aside 2 generous cups for topping.
Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted water until tender but still slightly firm; it will spend more time in the oven, so you don’t want it mushy.
In a large bowl, toss together the pasta, cheeses, and salt and pepper to taste. Spread the mixture evenly in the baking sheet and pour the milk over the surface. Sprinkle the reserved cheese on top, dot with another tablespoon or two of butter and bake, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes, or until golden and crisp.