Classic Mac n Cheese
Melt butter in medium saucepan and gradually whisk in flour.
In another pan warm the milk and add to the flour/butter mixture and heat until thick, stirring occasionally. (You are creating a white sauce)
In another pan cook the macaroni until al dente, drain and set aside in large mixing bowl.
Add the cream cheese to the warm white sauce and stir until smooth, then add the
shredded cheese and continue to stir until blended and smooth.
Add cheese sauce to the cooked noodles and mix until fully incorporated.
Take remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and melt in pan. Add panko crumbs to the butter and coat. Place buttered crumbs on a cookie sheet and carefully under the broiler toast until golden brown.
In a large baking dish (Sprayed lightly with cooking oil) add the macaroni mixture and sprinkle the top with toasted panko crumbs. Place in oven and cook at 350 de- grees for 30 minutes.
Some other ideas are adding green chilies, chives, pimentos, sundried tomatoes, shredded chicken, tuna, corn, chopped jalapenos or hot dogs.
*You can also substitute crumbled potato chips as a crunchy topping.