Here's a mac and cheese recipe that doesn't need a white sauce. I got it from allrecipes.com and it's called Chuck's Favorite I think. I like my name better. Sour cream, cottage cheese, and cheddar... mmmm. Pretty easy and definitely satisfyingly comfortable. You could add ham, peas, or whatever other cheeses you might like. Sharp cheddar would really make this yummier, but all I had was mild cheddar and it worked out just fine.
Merry Merry Mac n Dairy
1 (8 ounce) package elbow macaroni
1 (8 ounce) package shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (I used 3 C shredded mild cheddar)
1 (12 ounce) container small curd cottage cheese
1 (8 ounce) container sour cream
1/2 C milk
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese plus more for topping (canned works fine)
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9x13 glass pan, or a little smaller is even better (keeps from excess drying). Bring large pot of salted water to boil. Cook pasta until done. Combine cheddar, cottage cheese, sour cream, milk, Parmesan and salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add hot noodles and combine. Pour into prepared pan, and sprinkle with bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Bake for 30 min or until top is golden.