In these tough times, how do we cope?
Nothing we can do but tuck into a comforting bowl of mac and cheese. and if you think that means a time-consuming baked casserole in the oven, think again.
More and more stove-top versions of this classic are becoming popular. they taste just as good and are ready in a fraction of the time.
This version features a bit of cream, old white cheddar and a touch of cream cheese to make the sauce.
A rich topping of crispy bacon and panko gets sprinkled over the top just before serving.
This is a dish to keep you warm and satisfied as we wait for spring.
STOVE-TOP MAC AND CHEESE
2 strips of bacon, finely chopped
1/4 cup (50 ml) panko bread crumbs
1 tbsp. (15 ml) finely chopped parsley
1/2 lb. (8 oz.) short pasta
1/3 cup (75 ml) cream
1 cup (250 ml) grated old cheddar
1/4 cup (50 ml) cream cheese Freshly cracked pepper
Cook bacon in small skillet over medium heat until golden.