Panko Bacon Mac n’ Cheese
1/2 cup butter divided
1/2 cup flour
2 cups milk
1 lb. (8 oz.) VELVEETA, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
4 cups elbow macaroni, cooked (1 lb box)
1 cup Colby Jack Cheese
1\2 cup Panko (or cheese crackers)
4 Strips bacon fried until crisp
HEAT oven to 350°F.
MELT 3 Tbsp. butter in medium saucepan on medium heat. Whisk in flour; cook 2 min., stirring constantly. Gradually stir in milk. Bring to boil; cook and stir 3 to 5 min. or until thickened. Add VELVEETA; cook 3 min. or until melted, stirring frequently. Stir in macaroni.
SPOON into 4-qt. casserole sprayed with cooking spray; sprinkle with cheddar. Melt remaining butter; toss with Panko or cracker crumbs then sprinkle bacon bits over casserole.
BAKE 30 min. or until heated through.
I sprinkle bacon salt over mine and in the cheese mixture.