My mom often used the bread crumb topping as an alternate recipe now and then. So do I, today…sometimes she’sd also put some Italian peeled tomato in the casserole..not much, just a bit for flavor and a little color!
My daughter-in-law makes it that way, with the peeled tomatoes in it. She introduced me to tomatoes in the mac&cheese, and I her to breadcrumbs on top. Funny thing, my wife doesn’t like ether way. She simply likes it cooked, mixed then served.
So we mix up a big batch of mac&cheese, placing aside some for those who like it plain-outta-the-pot. Then I take my portion, put in in a baking pan and sprinkle breadcrumbs on it, Amber mixes tomatoes into her portion and puts hers into a baking pan. Then both our pans go into the oven. When they’re toasty-golden brown, we take out the pans and we all eat!
Oh BTW, we’ll have the extended family over for these meals, so what’s not eaten goes home in doggy bags!