i'll add my 5 stars to this one. I tried to follow the recipe as close as possible, but did need to make a few changes. First, I left out the bacon and used 1% milk to make it slightly healthier ;). I didn't have a bay leaf or fresh thyme, but I did use a sprinkle of dried thyme. Everything else I kept the same. It. Was. Amazing!!! We made it to go with our Christmas ham, and it was the first thing everyone went for for leftovers!
I don't eat bacon and I only had cheddar and cream cheese but I thought I'd use this recipe for inspiration. The thyme and onion is a nock out and even with my inferior ingredients this really came out yummy! Thanks for daring mac and cheese lovers to dream.