Mac and Cheese 101

Carlene Thomas RDN
Carlene Thomas RDN
November 3, 2021
This easy, creamy mac and cheese is cooked start to finish in the Anova Precision Oven. Use the oven’s steam mode to cook the noodles on a sheet pan, then drain and transfer to a casserole dish with a simple cheese and cream sauce. Top it all off with panko for a crispy topping. Switch up the types of cheese, seasonings or even pasta shape to make this classic crowd-pleaser your own. The only rule? Grate your own cheese! Pre-shredded cheeses contain anti-clumping agents that prevent proper melting and can ruin the texture of the sauce. Note: If you’d like to make this dish ahead of time, prepare the dish through casserole assembly, then cover and refrigerate until ready to bake.
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Mac and Cheese 101
5 (6)
1 lb
dry elbow macaroni
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 cups
heavy cream
8 oz
sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
8 oz
gouda cheese, shredded
4 oz
Parmesan cheese, grated
1 cup
panko breadcrumbs
2 Tbsp
unsalted butter, melted

1. Preheat the Oven

Sous Vide Mode: Off
Steam: 100%
Temp: 214°F
Heat: Rear

2. Prepare Pasta

Place the pasta in an even layer on a the Anova sheet pan. Pour hot salted water into the pan to cover the pasta by 1/4 inch.
Prepare Pasta

3. Cook

Transfer to the oven and cook until just al dente, about 8 minutes. The pasta will be cooked a second time, so be careful not to overcook at this stage. Remove from the oven.
Sous Vide Mode: Off
Steam: 100%
Temp: 214°F
Heat: Rear
00:08 Timer

4. Drain and Mix

Drain off any excess water from the pasta in a colander. Transfer the pasta to a large bowl. Stir in the cream and half of each cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Drain and Mix

5. Assemble Casserole

Transfer the pasta mixture to a 9- by 13-inch baking dish. Top with the remaining cheese. In a medium bowl, stir together the panko and butter until evenly combined. Sprinkle over the top of the casserole.
Assemble Casserole

6. Bake

Transfer to the oven and bake until bubbling and golden brown, about 15 minutes.
Sous Vide Mode: Off
Steam: Off
Temp: 350°F
Heat: Rear
00:15 Timer

7. Serve

Serve hot.
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