Wow! This is comfort food at it's finest. I stirred in ham before baking, but skipped the bacon topping. I also didn't put the breadcrumbs and melted butter on top, and it was still heavenly. I cooked my noodles only until slightly underdone so they wouldn't be overcooked but you decide how you like them. If you use processed cheese (like Velveeta), the recipe says to omit the bread crumbs. Recipe courtesy of Southern Living January 2004.