This is a sort-of free-form, gourmet kiddie Mac ‘n Cheese. Whatever you want to call it, once you have made this simple but ‘classy’ version of the old classic, you will be begged for more several times per month. And who can say no to a special request if it only takes 30 minutes from start to finish? However, the cheese and bacon used in the ingredients below may not meet the ‘budget-friendly’ criteria. Use any tasty semi-hard cheese that you can find that is on a special. And look for bacon bits or smoked sausages, often cheaper than bacon. That should bring the cost down. Remember, every little bit adds up to bigger savings.