My kids love mac & cheese...from a box. We've gone through a half dozen recipes trying to find what they dislike about the homemade version. We finally figured out they don't like the consistency of a flour thickened cheese sauce. OK...
I was flattened to find out how easy it is to make mac & cheese if you don't bother making cheese sauce. Ready for it?
a box of mac, cooked and drained.
a can of crushed tomatoes
a pint of 1/2 & 1/2 (even the fat-free version)
a bag of shredded cheese...we like the mexican blend, but cheddar, colby jack, and Italian have all done right by us. This is a great way to use up all your cheesy odds and ends.
That is IT. Plop it in a pan and bake until bubbly...like 30 minutes.
My kiddos are particular, so they like a crunchy top, but not with breadcrumbs. So...I put slivers of butter on top. They also like bacon in it. I'm just glad they're not eating neon cheese.