I created this Macaroni & Cheese in the summer of 2003 when our daughter and her eight children were living with us for four months. I needed something which was filling and not too expensive. I divided the recipe to make this smaller version for DH, DS and I after DD and family moved. NOTE***Don't leave off the delicious buttered topping...it helps keep the cassorole moist and also helps keep the cheese from making a crust on the top. It is a great addition to an old fashion style baked Mac and Cheese casserole.