04/15/2015 10:35 am ET | Updated Jun 15, 2015

How to Make Macaroni and Cheese Without a Recipe


Here at Food52, we love recipes -- but do we always use them? Of course not. Because once you realize you don't always need a recipe, you'll make your favorite dishes a lot more often.

Today: Watch Amanda and Merrill share their tips for making the ultimate comfort food—and without a recipe.

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 new 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.

Video by Kyle Orosz

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