Creamy Stovetop Mac & Cheese with Bacon and Panko Topping

This was another first for me.  I had never made mac and cheese before, not even the box option, and since I have experienced very good and bad versions, I thought it was out of reach.  Every time we order barbecue from our favorite local BBQ spot, there is always a side order of mac and cheese and since my family enjoys it so much I decided it was time to give it a try.  I had recently purchased The Food Lab book and there are several mac and cheese recipes to choose from and use as a base to make your own mac and cheese creation.  The recipe I chose is great to make with your little one and this time I decided to organize all the ingredients first so my toddler just had to pour and mix, which is a great tip especially when you need to get a recipe made fast and in time for dinner.  I also made two changes to the original recipe linked below, first I cut the recipe in half since my family of 3 doesn’t need 6 plus servings.  Second, I added bacon and a panko topping because my toddler loves bacon and I prefer to have a crunchy texture, but these are options you can add to or leave off.  Customize for your family and enjoy!

Do you have good tip when cooking or baking with your toddler?  I would love to hear about it, leave a comment!

 

Recipe Adapted from:  The Food Lab’s Ultra-Gooey Stovetop Mac and Cheese

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