One of my favorite comfort foods of all time is mac n cheese. It's cheesy (most importantly)creamy, and just plain good. The gruyere, (a Swiss cheese) and panchetta (an Italian bacon) gives this ordinary dish some extra delicious flavor. (As if it wasn't delicious enough already.)This may not be the cheapest recipe, but I assure you the flavor matches the dollar. If you are budgeting, consider American Swiss cheese and regular bacon as a cheaper alternative.
In the pan you fried your bacon in (clean out the fat after the pan cools) Melt the butter in pan until golden and bubbly. Add flour and whisk into clumps. Whisk on/off for several minutes until it becomes a little dryer like pie crust. Add the warm milk, only about 2 tbsp at a time. Whisk each time until blended before next addition of milk.When all the milk mixture is whisked to a smooth texture, whisk in the cheese until melted. Add panchetta, spices, and macaroni. Heat through, about 1 minute and serve.