The steam rises off the al dente macaroni shells coated in thick, creamy, bright-as-the-sun-yellow, likely artificial cheese. What you have in front of you is the best damn bowl of mac and cheese.
This isn't your homemade, spent-hours-in-the-kitchen macaroni and cheese. Heck, this isn't even your average, I-need-dinner-on-the-table-quick macaroni and cheese.
Ladies and gentlemen, we're talking about frozen mac and cheese.
That's right. That "pull back the plastic film halfway" or "puncture the plastic film" frozen meal you admittedly not-so-begrudgingly pop into the microwave on a weeknight so you can satiate your hunger in five minutes or less.
And, yes, there is such a thing as high-quality frozen mac and cheese.
For many of us, we know which mac and cheese entrées to absolutely avoid in the frozen food aisle. But for the rest, no need to take any wild guesses the next time you go grocery shopping.
These are the eight best frozen mac and cheese dinners out there.