Lily's been asking for baked mac and cheese a lot lately, including
for breakfast in the morning before school when there's not much
time. Her favorite part is also the top, where the cheese is crispy.
I've started making what's essentially grilled cheese with a pasta
base, under the broiler.
I put cold leftover pasta from the fridge on a quarter sheet , and
put cheese on top:
Put it in the oven, turn on the broiler, set the timer for ~4min.
The broiler can turn things from "not yet" to "burnt" very quickly, so
after the timer goes off if it's not done I bump another minute on the
timer (in case I forget) but plan to check it after 30s.
Here's how it looks when it's done:
If you don't like any browned pasta with crunchy bits (I do) you can put the oven
rack down a notch.
The broiler is fast enough and the layer of pasta and cheese is thin
enough that I don't bother with microwaving anything first.
 It's a "quarter" sheet pan (9x13") because in a professional
kitchen full size is 18x26". You can't fit that in a home oven,
though, and you'll often see either 2/3 sheets (16x22"), about the
biggest you can fit on a rack, or half sheets (13x18") which are an
easier to manage size and get better airflow. I like the quarter
sheets for cooking smaller amounts because they're small enough to fit
in our dishwasher and I can put two different things on an oven rack.
Ours are uncoated aluminum, 16 gauge with a wire-reinforced rim, $5/each
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Kinda amazing that the dishwasher cleans the baked on cheese effectively.
See also: Put Dirty Dishes in the Dishwasher.