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Southern Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Southern Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Southern Baked Macaroni and Cheese

(Soul Food Style)

Yes Please!


I’m pretty sure you all know how hard it is to find a good, southern, soul food style baked macaroni and cheese recipe right?  People tend to keep a tight grasp on their prized macaroni & cheese recipes.

Well imagine my shock when my sister sashayed in on Thanksgiving and casually placed this baked macaroni & cheese on the table. I could have sworn I had all of my family members baked mac n cheese recipes. What was this impostor all about! The proof was in the taste. I had one  (ok three) plates of this macaroni and cheese and was on her heels like ash in the winter time trying to get this recipe.

southern baked macaroni and cheese recipe

If you like creamy, baked macaroni and cheese then you’ll love this recipe

My husband took a bite and said “ohhhhh you need to take your mac n cheese recipe off your blog and put this one up. This one is waaay better than yours!” THANKS A LOT MATT…You’ll pay for that comment dearly! lol (and don’t think I forgot)

Yall this baked macaroni and cheese is FULL OF SOUL!! That is the first thing that came to mind when I took that first bite.  I just love how that top layer of smoked cheese forms like a crust. It’s super creamy, flavorful, and easy. But the MVP is that SMOKED CHEDDAR! Good God I couldn’t stop eating this stuff.

So big sis….I will bow down gracefully to you and say that you make THE BEST Baked MAC N CHEESE EVER! 

*UPDATE* 2/13/12 Sorry sis but I think I’ve discovered a new best baked macaroni and cheese recipe lol I’ll be posting it soon guys, but this one is still a favorite!!

southern macaroni and cheese

I have printed out this recipe, took a photo of it, laminated it and put it in my recipe album. Not many recipes get to make it to the album. She’s a keeper!

I’m sure that if you give it a try it will end up going into your recipe collection as well.

Watch me make this southern baked macaroni and cheese from start to finish!


4.8 from 61 reviews
Southern Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe
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This southern baked macaronis and cheese is full of soul and flavor. Smoked cheddar is the secret to this truly addictive, baked macaroni and cheese recipe.
Serves: 6
  • 3 cups macaroni, uncooked
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1½ cups milk
  • salt & pepper
  • paprika (optional)
  • 1 cup smoked cheddar cheese, shredded (a must)
  • 6-8 oz. velvetta, shredded (feel free to cut back on the velvetta if you don't want it to be super creamy)
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar (can use less if you don't like a sharp taste in your mac n cheese)
  • 1 cup colby & monteray jack, shredded (cheese blend)
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Cook macaroni until just al dente or a little under al dente. (Look on the back of the box to see how long you need to cook your pasta for it to reach al dente.) Be careful no to overcook.
  3. Drain pasta and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, add milk, heavy cream & cheeses (except for the smoked cheddar).
  5. Stir to combine.
  6. Taste the milk mixture and add salt & pepper until it has a good taste. You can also add in other seasonings like onion, paprika, etc. Tasting will help avoid having a plain, bland bake macaroni & cheese. Yuck!
  7. When you are content with the taste, add in the eggs.
  8. Stir well until combined.
  9. Butter a 9 x 9 inch baking dish.
  10. Add macaroni to the baking dish.
  11. Pour cheese mixture over macaroni.
  12. Make sure the cheese distributed well.
  13. Top with smoked cheddar cheese. (I add a little more Colby jack as well.) Sprinkle with paprika and/or black pepper, if desired.
  14. Bake for 35-45 minutes. Do not overbake. It may be a bit jiggly when you take it out of the oven. It will firm up as it cool.
  15. Let cool for about 10-15 minutes or until fully set.
  16. Enjoy!
~Tips~ Smoked cheddar cheese can be found in grocery stores in the specialty cheese section, not with the shredded, common cheeses. I get mine from Walmart. Do not over bake! Mac and cheese may be a tad jiggly when removed from oven but it will firm up as it cools. Feel free to use other cheeses, but that smoked cheddar is a MUST!


  1. Holy Toledo! This is, indeed, the real deal.

    I just made this tonight and followed the recipe to a T and it’s awesome, and it definitely lends itself to modification. So many recipes I browsed called for a roux — ain’t no body got time for that. I don’t feel that this recipe cheated or cut corners. This is the recipe I have been looking for! Nothing against a roux (cooking 101), but momma wasn’t making a roux while looking after all my brothers and sisters. Fantastic.

  2. I LOVEEE this recipe. I had a hard time finding the Smoked Cheddar at Walmart, and the workers there were not much help… lol, but I did find it at Walmart. It was not in the cheese section, but instead in the area with the deli. I found it with the potato salads, sandwiches, and premade salads. I guess the “lunch on the go” section of the deli. Hope this helps!

  3. Has anyone ever tried this recipe with bacon bits?

  4. Can the velveeta be replaced with another cheese? If so, what would you all recommend? Thank you!

  5. This was the BOMB.COM! Followed the recipe to the T. Definitely my new staple. Thanks Monique :)

  6. Omg…I tried and got it perfect on my first try…my bf ate the entire thing leaving me w only a lil…lol.I added paprika ,cos we love spice.And I loved the Colby n Monterey cheese in there.I did melt it all in the milk over heat before adding to the macaroni. Yum!!!!! Thank you

    • I made this and took to a 4th of July BBQ, dropped it off and when I returned it was all GONE!! I never got a chance to taste it, but everybody was saying how GOOD it was!! I followed the recipe to a ‘T’ and it turned out great!!! Will definitely be my go to recipe for Mac and cheese in the future. For anyone looking for the smoked cheddar, I found it in the deli section at Wal Mart, bought it in a block and grated it. Next recipe I’m trying is the cream cheese pound cake, I just bought a Kitchenaid mixer so we’ll see!!! Thanks Monique for all you do to help us divas out in the kitchen!!! Keep the recipes coming!!!

  7. i made this today . delicious. problem is i couldnt find the smoked cheddar so i used smoked gouda.. and the topping burnt after leaving it in the oven for 35 mins. next time i will take it out sooner.

  8. I made this Mac n cheese…..EXCELLENT!!!!!

    I normally don’t write reviews….but my son ATE 1/2 of the casserole dish!!!!! I did only use 1 egg and cut back on the milk…smoked Gouda ( like another reviewer did)…….couldn’t find smoked cheddar …this will be my Mac n cheese now…..!!!!!

    Trying collards next………

  9. Can someone please let me know what the purpose of the eggs is? I made this baked macaroni for Thanksgiving, but once it was already in the oven I realized I forgot to add the egg in the cheese mixture. It still came out great & was delicious so I’m wondering what difference the eggs would have really made. I plan to make it again for Christmas because it was so good, but now I can’t figure out if I should add the eggs like the recipe calls for or just don’t worry about it since it came out good without the eggs last time! Please help!!!

    • I cooked this yesterday, and I wish the seasoning measurements would have been posted, as mine was kind of bland. good recipe just next time I have to be less fearful on overseasoning, that I do not under season. velevetta did make it very creamy.

    • Eggs just make it more moist and more light tasting. If it was great without the egg, how about next time,make it with the eggs and see which is your favorite. You wont notice a difference until you try both ways.

    • Eggs in most dishes like this are a binder, that help give hold the dish together

  10. I can only find block smoked cheddar cheese. Is it okay if I replace it with shredded cheese

  11. Monique! Girl! You saved me from total family annihilation! I hosted Thanksgiving this year for a party of 8 and I offered to make the macaroni and cheese. I got a few side-eyes because I had never made it before. You hit the ball out of the park with the Red Velvet cake recipe and I knew you would not let me down! I thought your suggestion to taste the milk mixture was weird and I was so sad when I tasted it and thought I had over seasoned. All I used was sea salt and a little seasoned salt. NOPE! It turned out fantastic!!! My husband hates mac n cheese and was brave enough to test it. He said it was awesome and noticed the smoked cheddar right away. I took leftovers to church and the ‘big cooks’ welcomed me to the “MAC” club. Thanks for saving my first Thanksgiving and my life! LOL :p

  12. Confession # 1: I do not like Macaroni and Cheese, so I never fix it.

    I really wanted to make it this year for Thanksgiving, so I began my search on the Net looking for the perfect recipe and I came across your video on Youtube. I then came to your site to find the recipe and shopping I went for all the ingredients. I was really disappointed I couldn’t find the smoked cheddar cheese at Harris Teeter and went into pout mode. But I sucked it up, put my big girl panties on, and went for it anyway. After it baked, I let it sit for about 15 minutes and got enough nerve to ask my two Mac-N-Cheese lovers (hubby and daughter) to “taste” it. Drum roll please……………IT WAS A HIT!!!!!! YAY!!!!! They couldn’t keep their forks out of it. I had to ban them from taking another “taste test” or there would be none left for our dinner.

    I will be making this for Christmas and if I have to search high and low for that smoked cheddar, then a girls gotta’ do what a girls gotta’ do.

    Thank you so much for this recipe and I am looking forward to trying out many more of your recipes.

    Confession # 2- I’ve crossed over

    • Keep in mind smoked Gouda is probably more common and melts a little creamier, so it is a good substitute. That’s what I used both times I made this and I’m gonna make it again for sure! Just grate the smoked Gouda (or the smoked cheddar as it is usually found in blocks, too). Or, at least cube it into small pieces with a knife. Enjoy!

    • You can use Hoffman’s Smoked sharp cheddar cheese. You can buy it at Jewels.

  13. I followed the recipe well and I wanted to know could I cover it in foil and put it in the oven or cook uncovered

  14. Gurl gurl gurl!! This stuff is dabombdotcom!!

  15. I made the mac and cheese. It turn out excellent. I made the banana bread. It was so moist. The apple crisp was fantastic.

  16. im feeding 15 people for thanksgiving how would i do the meaurements?!

  17. Ok all ill say is, I tried it and despite the fact tht I clda used a bit mre salt (I used 2 boxes of mac), my son said “oooh this macaroni is so good!!” And I loved it too! This recipe tasted great with the dinner I cooked for my son and I! Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm lbvs

  18. Monique, I’m making this recipe in a couple of days. Some other recipes instruct you to add chunks of butter after you’ve poured on the cheese mixture. Do you think that would add or take away anything?

  19. I tried this recipe today. But I am wondering if I did anything wrong…. why is the dish turn out kind of solid and tasted like egg? Please help

  20. I love to cook but had never attempted homemade Mac&Cheese before, simply because I have tasted many over the years and have never been wowed. However, my brother and his fam were coming over on Halloween for some trick-or-treating and a quick dinner. I needed a great side dish to go with BBQ pulled pork sandwiches that both kids and adults would like- Mac&Cheese, of course. I got online and searched through tons of recipes and when I saw yours I knew this was the one! I had to go to three stores to find the smoked cheddar- I finally found a block of apple-smoked cheddar at Vons in the gourmet cheese section. I was a bit apprehensive as I wasn’t sure about the apple flavor but when I asked the lady in the deli department if she knew if there was a strong apple flavor, she opened one up and let me sample it! (I thought that was very nice!) The apple-smoked cheddar is wonderful and the apple isn’t detectable. So, with all ingredients collected, I followed the recipe exactly (except I doubled it because my husband, brother, and two teen boys are big eaters!) and it was a huge hit!! Everyone loved it- the big kids, little kids, adults, and even me. We had leftovers and it’s great the next day too! One of my teenagers even ate it cold and loved it.
    My 16 year old has a Cross Country team potluck dinner tonight and he asked me to make this Mac&Cheese. Now that’s saying something!! I’m making some extra for our dinner as well :)
    Thank you so much for taking the time to share your recipes. You’re are a gem- and adorable I might add!

  21. I am not domestically inclined in the least, however I made this for a Sunday Dinner yesterday. My two aunts and my mother whom all grew up on southern cooking and can cook their behinds off, said that this is the best mac and cheese they have ever had.
    Thank you :)

  22. My husband loves this Mac N Cheese recipe… I took this to a family pot luck and it went out in seconds. Thank you so much for sharing my family and I love your recipes!!!

  23. Mac n cheese. GENIOUS. The family loves it greatt master peice.

  24. Best Mac&Cheese I have ever eaten!
    I made this for a few friends and they loved it!

  25. My husband loves home made mac and cheese but I could never find a recipe that I actually enjoyed eating as well. This is by far the best mac and cheese I’ve had. Thanks for sharing! <3 your site!

  26. This was amazing! I couldn’t find smoked cheddar cheese so I had to use smoked gouda cheese. It was still great! My family can’t wait for me to cook it again. Thanks so much!!

  27. Awesome recipe… Just finished it. LIttle trick: Mixing a teaspoon of Smoked-Paprika with the grated Plain-Sharp-Cheddar, is an excellent, if not better substitute for the very expensive Smoked-Cheddar topping… Cheers! Thanks for the recipe. Matt B

  28. I had to lighten this recipe up slightly using 2% milk and omitting the heavy cream and Velveeta. The flavors and texture were still phenomenal! The measurements were very precise and the directions were soo easy to follow. My husband loved it and I’m definitely keeping this one for the future :)

  29. THANK YOU!!!! Monique this is THE BEST Mac-N-Cheese I’ve ever eaten!!! My husband LOVED/LOVES it!!! I opulent find the smoke cheddar nor did I use paprika but I did everything else! I topped it with regular mild cheddar and sharp cheese! Man this here is just god sent!

  30. OH DEAR LORD!!! This was just what I wanted in a baked Mac&Cheese! I found the Smkd Cheddar at GFS…huge block should last about 4 months! For my own creativity, I changed your recipe up a bit. I started by making a roux with 4 T. butter and 1/3 c. flour. After several minutes, the milk and heavy cream was added. Whisk till smooth. I used a pint of heavy whipping cream, 2 T. ketchup, 2 T. prepared mustard, hot pepper sauce, cayenne pepper (dash). Next I added the cheeses: The cheese mixture had 4 oz. Velveeta, 4 oz. cream cheese, 1 1/2 c. monterey jack, 1 1/2 c. extra sharp cheddar, and saved the 1 c. smoked cheddar for on top. My personal preference would be to reduce the smk. cheddar by half…replacing with gouda. I just felt it was a little overboard on the “smoke” flavor. But OHHHH, this casserole had rich, creamy flavor!!! Definitely a “keeper”! Thank you for sharing your love of food and the recipes!! So glad I found this site!

  31. Once again, thank you for this recipe. Mine came out good; however, too much smoke cheddar and paprika, which is optional and read that too late, for me. I am waiting on the new recipe that you say is better than this one. I used half&half and my Almond Breeze milk. I’d like to make a simple one with less milk products, i.e. half and half or whipping cream. Right the cheeses are great until I transition from it. Thanks again!!!


  33. Really liked this recipe. Very creamy! I’ve been making baked mac and cheese for a couple years now but wasn’t in the mood to make the roux, and spending what seemed like forever, prepping it for the oven. Thank you for such a quick and delicious recipe!!!

  34. This has become my signature Mac n Cheese recipe. My mom doesn’t make mac n cheese because she isn’t that crazy about it, and my dad is lactose intolerant. My sister and I were searching all over for recipes to make the perfect kind to make it for ourselves. Tried a couple of more complicated recipes, but this is the best and it’s SO easy. My boyfriend LOVES it. If he marries me, this might be the reason lol. I don’t use smoked cheddar because I couldn’t find it, so I add a couple drops of liquid smoke.

  35. I just made this recipe again but decided to add fresh crab and lobster. Deelish!

  36. Made these last night. They were awesome. I must have brought the wrong smoked cheddar because it didn’t melt on top. We just removed it and ate it without it. It still had the smoked flavor though. My husband and kids loved it. Is there a special brand name for the smoked cheddar?

  37. I made this tonight!! Incredible! I combined ideas from both your recipes and it was amazing!!

  38. I do not really care for cheddar cheese. I am more into parmesan cheese and spicy cheese. would a spicy macaroni and cheese be good, or one with parmesan? :)

  39. I tried all the mac and cheese dishes on this site lol! If you need help choosing one, the best way to choose is if you like really creamy mac n cheese, go with this Southern baked recipe. If you like cheesy but not creamy, try the other recipe under side dishes. I really did enjoy them all. Thanks Divas!

  40. Darlene Pimentel

    This recipe sounds great. I’m wondering can I make this ahead of time and refrigerate till ready to bake. How long in advance can I prepare this.

  41. Went to Harris Teeter and spent $8 on the smoked cheese and realized Walmart had the same cheese for $3.98 :-( it still turned out absolutely delicious! Even my 3 year old had 2 helpings. I consider myself a pretty decent cook but my boyfriend said this mac n cheese was great! I am now a new fan of ur recipes!!

  42. OMG!!! Theeee BEST Mac & Cheese I have EVER had! That smoked cheddar really makes a difference! I see you updated 2/12/12 and said you have an even better recipe…. I can’t imagine and cannot wait for you to post it!! Mm mm mmmm

  43. Hey Girl,

    I’m planning to try this one, but just had to write to let you know that my sons LOVED the yeast rolls sooo much … ONE son VOLUNTEERED to help me make them again…(someone hold me ..I might faint) we made them and they turned out GREAT…now you KNOW you’re a DIVA when you SHARE, and others are blessed by it…I’m very grateful for the wonderful moments that my sons and I shared cooking some GOOD FOOD…THANKS Monique! You know this is YOUR ministry! God Bless YOU!

  44. I made this for my boyfriend and I last night. We were both craving his family’s soul food style mac and cheese so the pressure was on! Let me just say, the man had three bowls full! And I walked away with a hugeee sense of pride. Thanks so much for sharing! This was the best mac and cheese I’ve ever made. Also- I put the smoked cheddar in the mix and more on top with breadcrumbs. Delicious!

  45. I was wondering if I can mix everything up and refrigerate it over night and baked it the next day?

  46. this was very good! About 10-15 minutes before done baking i also added cheddar flavored french fried onions and it created a golden crunch and added to the flavor.

  47. Was very good. I actually mixed everything together after the macoroni was done and it was easier to distribute evenly in tray. I also added smoked ham cut in small pieces to give it more of a smoked taste. Also took the advice of someone who posted earlier and used smoked gouda cheese. Came out DELICIOUS! Thanks Monique!

  48. This is the best macaroni and cheese recipe! I substituted the smoked cheddar for smoked gouda and added chopped turkey bacon. My husband who refuses to eat macaroni that doesn’t come from a box has declared this to be one of his favorite foods. It was a big hit with everyone at Christmas.

  49. This recipe was a family hit. Quick and easy. Thanks for sharing.

  50. I made this recipe for Thanksgiving and my family loved it. I will be making it again for Christmas as well. This recipe has been officially added to the book. Thanks so much :)

  51. Many thanks! Made this for Thanksgiving dinner and it was a big hit! Love the smoky, peppery flavor of the smoked cheddar. I’ve always made a cheese sauce before incorporating with the pasta. This version is significantly quicker and more flavorful. This will be my go-to mac and cheese recipe from now on!

    Thanks for sharing!

  52. I can cook but for some reason my mac and cheese never comes out bomb.com, even if i use the same ingredients as someone else. I dont know what it is. I knew there was a secret someone didnt want to tell me and its that smoked cheese huh? So im going to try this soon and I am a skeptic but if this works, you are my new best friend..lol, Thanks

  53. This was the best mac and cheese I have ever made. The smoked cheddar really set it off. I wish I had used the sharp cheddar instead of mild. I will definitely make this again.

  54. I had stumbled on this website. I just want to say I CAN’T COOK but once I tried this recipes my husband and family couldnt believe I made this. The directions was so easy. I can’t wait to try some more of your reciepes.

  55. Excellent !!!!!!!!! Made this for Thanksgiving and it was a hit. I used Double Smoked Cheddar Cheese which I found at Sams Club and it was awsome what a difference the smoked flavor makes…..

  56. i made this and im only 12. it turned out sooo good.eveeryone was shocked.i love ur recipes!
    thank u

  57. Well, I just popped this recipe into the oven for our Thanksgiving dinner tonight – I’m soooo excited!!! The mixture is DELISH!!! I also added butter. I will be coming back to post later once my family LOVES it because I know they will :) Thank you, Divas Can Cook!

  58. Enh.. not a big fan. Don’t care for the over powering taste of “smoked” cheddar. Was my first time trying, it’s not bad.. but I doubt I make it again.
    The smell of that cheese is deep in my nose hairs and won’t go away. lol

    Will stick to regular mac n cheese recipes

  59. i just made this for thanksgiving and it is so GOOD. especially for my first time ever making macaroni! I added cream cheese to mines to make it creamier, but next time i will add velvetta cheese! other than that GREAT recepe.

  60. Thanksgiving 2012, I think I’ll add a little butter, hubby loves everything with butter.

  61. I am making this tomorrow for thanksgiving, I want to make a bigger portion, are all the ingredients doubled for every 3 cups of macaroni?

  62. Hi , I’m thinking of making this for thanksgiving dinner , how would you suggest I go about the measurements when it’s for double to triple the amount of people?

  63. Did you ever put the updated mac and cheese up that you said was better than you sisters? lol

  64. Hello, I will be cooking this recipe for thanksgiving this week and wanted to know how much half n half, eggs, and cheese will I need to make 64 ounces (2 big boxes of macaorni)? Also, should I use evaporated milk or regular milk? i need this information asap please!! Thanks

  65. Ive went to two grocery stores looking for this smoked cheddar all i found was a smoked cheddar in sandwich slices not shredded. Is this what you’re using if not please tell me where you are getting the smoked cheese and brand.

  66. what is the heavy cream????

  67. I’ve never made Mac and Cheese before and this turned out delicious!
    Things I did different was use more heavy cream (2 cups), more cheddar and Colby. My brother and mom suggested next time I add at least half of cup of the smoke cheddar inside along with the other cheeses, they love the flavor. Also I added bacon in the mixture and tiny pieces if crumbled bacon in top with the smoked cheddar cheese.

    Thanks for he recipe! Your website is on bookmark on my phone!

  68. This is my second review of your recipes..the first was the black eye peas which were so good! I did make the macaroni and cheese last night and we loved it! Two things I did different was that I used smoked gouda, and only used one extra large egg. I also mixed it all together in a bowl.
    Thank you so much.. this is the recipe for me and my family to stick with!

  69. Love this recipe, it is fantastic. I will suggest those that didn’t watch the video like me, the first time, velveeta is a total pain to shred. ;) I noticed in the video she actually just cubed it small, would’ve saved me a big mess, but once you take the first bite you forget all about the pain and suffering to make it.

    Thanks Monique!

  70. I made this recipe for dinner last night! It was amazing! My family loved it. And the smoked cheddar cheese is a must! After I tasted this mac and cheese, I threw all of my other recipes out…no need for them, because this is by far the best I’ve ever tasted!

  71. Just wanted to say that I made this recipe and it was AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!! My family really enjoyed it, especially my husband! :) His words ” This mac and cheese is amazing!” Thanks for sharing this recipe, I’ve been looking for a great Southern Comfort Food recipe for Mac and Cheese and I’ve finally found it! Can’t wait to make it for a family get together, I know it will be a big hit! Thanks.

  72. I am SOO happy that I found this website! This recipe is amazing and my husband loved the macaroni. I will definitely be trying more recipes! Thank you Monique

  73. OMG… My family loved it…. They said momma forget the one you normally make and make this one instead it has flavor… *TEAR* lol… I will make again and again :)

  74. hi my question is what exactly is heavy cream? or did you mix bunch of things together?? if so please fill me in

    • heavy whipping cream…. I hope that helps….. Thats what I used and it came out perfect.

    • @Ade, you can find heavy cream at almost any grocery market! try Walmart if you have one in your area, they usually have it, go to the milk section, and it is actually labled “Heavy Whipping Cream” ….

  75. I CAN’T wait to try this!!!! This sounds amazing!!!

  76. OMG!!! Guuuurl, I made this for sunday dinner and the fam loooved it…thanx a mil !!!

  77. tasted better

  78. Question? If I double the recipe, do I need to adjust the cooking time? I don’t want to overbake as you mentioned thus being dry. I’m having a dinner party and 3 cups mac is not enough. I was thinking 6 cups. Please respond someone.

  79. I was sweating bullets thinking this mac and cheese wasnt going to turn out right for the BBQ I had to take it too. They pan was empty!!! I was so happy. Now I can take it out in 45min and trust that it will be ok. Thanks Monique!!! Oh and can you post a gouda mac and cheese recipe?

  80. Okay…This is the best mac and cheese recipe EVER!  I just love your site… I’ve already made 3 of your recipes over the past 2 days.  Love, love, love it !!!  Thanks Diva :-) 

  81. I dont know what I did wrong but its taking forever for the milk and stuff to dry up. My oven is at 350 and its been an hour already and the inside is still very milky. I followed directions perfectly. what did i do wrong?

  82. I tried this minus the smoked cheddar (sharp cheddar instead) and extra coby and man was this good!

    I thank you for your efforts! My family now enjoys eatting my cooking.

  83. The Smoke Cheddar is usually near the deli. Its more ”gourmet”. Comes in a hard block. Expensive but worth it. I had a hard time finding it because I was in the dairy section, looking for it by the cheese. Hope that info helps!

  84. This is the Mac n Cheez is ricdiculous!! OMG!! I am not a big M&C fan but I make it for my family every now and then. But this recipe right here is keeper. I don’t cook very often and I actually got much props from my DH on dinner last night. I will be visiting your site quite often for more recipes.

  85. Delicious. I have made this twice and some guys at my job have lost their mind.

  86. That looks really yummy… Thank you for sharing. I’m hosting a dinner party tonight. Hi is it mandatory to use heavy cream?

  87. I want to make this but what is “shredded velveeta? Are you not referring to a block of melt-able cheese and if so, how do you mix that in with the other ingredients? Do you have to microwave it to soften it to mix it? I am a little unclear on that part. Thanks!!


  88. This is definitely the bomb. So i made mac n cheese from scratch, for the 1st time. I cook alot of things but never found a recipe that I wanted to try until yours. I from the west indies so we dont do man n cheese but I must say it came out perfect and i followed the recipe to the T. Thanks for sharing.

  89. So, update from the Non-Southerner….. the macaroni & cheese was the bomb! The cook in the family was standing up eating it and her boyfriend told her that she needed to get some cooking lessons from me ;). I fessed up and told them that they too can cook like me (divascancook.com) ;) Finally, I made macaroni & Cheese!!! Thanks Monique ;)

  90. Oh, I am from Montreal and now find myself recently married to a man from the US, who is use to some good ole down home soul food. I have been avoiding cooking for large crowds because I do not know how to cook these dishes. I tasted Mac N Cheese for the first time when I moved here LOVED it but have NEVER been able to make right. So I am going to give it a try for Fathers Day, I figure that should be safe for my first “family” tasting, it is only us and the kids. Wish me luck and I will let you know how it turns out.

  91. I Couldn’t find any smoked cheddar, can I use some chipotle smoked Gouda instead!???

  92. Hi! This looks so yummy and I want to try to make this, this weekend for my hubby for Fathers day, but I need to make more of it. It is fine to just double all the ingredients for every 3 cups of macaroni?

  93. I just made this recipe but sad to say without the smoked cheddar cheese since I couldnt find it I also couldnt find the velvita so I used my best friend cheese whiz and sprinkled some mozzarella chese on top with monteray jack cheese and it came out so darn good that i am on a mission to find the original missing ingredients to see how my improvised version taste compared to the original recipe.Oh this was my first time making baked mac cheese!

  94. This recipe is wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have been looking for a mac and cheese recipe for years and this one is a winner. My husband said it was great! Thanks so much Monique

  95. I just pulled this out of the oven not too long ago and I must say this mac n cheese if off the chain! It’s rich and full of so much flavor! I bought applewood smoked cheddar and I happen to find it in the gourmet/deli cheese area in my local grocery store. It was block cheese that I brought home and shredded. The smoked cheddar really adds a nice flavor to this dish! Ya’ll it’s definitely going down in my house tonight! The kids are going to love this dish!

  96. I wanted a new recipe for Macaroni and cheese to make for a Mother’s Day Dinner my family was having. I found this one and at first the Smoked Chedder threw me off but the more I ate the more I liked it. It was a big hit at the dinner. We had 2 other Baked Macaroni and Cheese dishes there (including one that had won a big contest over 70 ppl) and this was the only one that was completely gone by the end of the dinner. This is a great recipe and very delicious.

  97. I made this yesterday for Mother’s Day and it was so good. At first the smoked cheddar through me off but the more I ate the better it was. There were two other baked. Mac & Cheese at the dinner and this one was the only one completely gone. First time making it from scratch and it was GREAT!!!

  98. Made it this past Easter and although it tasted great, I prefer a more cheesy but firm Mac n cheese. Every recipe I tried with egg seems to be to cake like and dry. I’m going to try it again today minus the eggs. Also I had the most hardest time finding smoke cheddar. We don’t have a ton of markets, just Krogers and Walmart. Any tips.

  99. Followed your recipe and now my boyfriend wants to marry me.

  100. Former Microwaving Heifer

    Luv all the recipes

  101. Former Microwaving Heifer

    I made my first soul food meal (this, the cabbage recipe and fried pork chops)
    and my FAMILY WENT WILD!!!

    They tease me cause I am the worst cook but I can tell u that your site is giving me a new found confidence to cook EVERYTHING!! THANK U

  102. HI, I must say first off I LOVE your site. Secondly I love this recipe and I tried it over the weekend with a Bavarian Smoked Cheese I found at Harris Teeter. The attendant convinced me to get this kind vs another type of smoked cheddar I had come across. I”m not sure I like it with the Bavarian Smoke Cheddar so next time I’ll try it with the other type of smoked cheddar and see if there is a difference. But thank you nonetheless for sharing.

    P.S. I saw you mention you may have another recipe for mac and cheese in mind, I’ll be looking forward to that. PLUS everyone loved your red velvet cake recipe. I didn’t use your frosting recipe but next time I will. THANK YOU THANK YOU !!!

  103. This is the best Mac and cheese recipe I have came across in a while and I have been making baked macaroni and cheese for 10 years now. I do add a few things that are traditional in my family but other than that its perfect. Thanks for the recipe Monique.

  104. Let me start off by saying I don’t eat mac & cheese and was making this because my boyfriend and sister eat it! This was also my first time making mac & cheese at all! So I was searching for a recipe and came across this one! So I cook this and OMG, I think I love mac & cheese now! My boyfriend has stated several times since last night that this is the best mac & cheese he’s ever had in his life! He is very happy that I found this recipe as well as the chicken recipe because I don’t cook and that was my first time cooking him Sunday dinner! Thanks soooooooo much for sharing this recipe! The best hands down!

  105. I made this for he first time on Saturday and I must of eaten a third of the pan by myself. You are absolutely right about the smoked cheddar, its expensive, but it sets this dish off just right! The only I did differet was add some chicken broth…DELISH!!!

  106. Hy girl!! This was a delicious recipe!!! The only thing I changed was using smoked Gouda instead of cheddar and My husban and i loved it!!! I was wondering If I were to omit the velveeta cheese would this be more custard style than creamy?

  107. I tried this recipe and it is soo good. next I’m trying the chicken.

  108. So this is a first. I never leave comments on anything but I felt it was necessary cause girllllllllll!!!!!! this mac and cheese is the sh**! I didn’t have the smoke cheddar but it tasted delicious regardless. Thanks for the delicious recipe. Can’t wait to try the others. P.S. it tastes even better the next day.

  109. I am hosting Christmas Eve dinner today and I just took this Mac & Cheese out of the oven. I have never been able to make a good mac & cheese, but this one is great!! I dont think I put enough seasoning in it but my husband and daughter said it tastes great anyway!!

  110. I never knew how to cook, now I’m a chef thanks to you. Anyway, I made this for Thanksgiving and I would just like to say, I never ever ate Mac n cheese, cut when I tried this one….its the best I want to make it all the time. Oh I could never find the smoke cheddar, I just use mozzarella cheese, it still tastes good. I love your food and so does everyone else at my house!

  111. I wanna make this dish for about 30 people. Should I just double everything?

  112. Ok so i just made this and it smells absolutely positively amazing!!! I dont know if i can wait til it cools…lol only thing is i had to use smoked Gouda instead of smoked cheddar. so i hope it taste as good as it looks :)

  113. It’s me again! I made this again today for Thanksgiving and took it to my MIL’s house. Let’s just say, I didn’t have any to bring back home with me. I got major complements!! Thank you so much!!

  114. Oh my God!!!! I am so proud of myself, normally my mac and cheese isn’t good and I just tried this for thanksgiving and it is the bomb.com! I can’t wait for my brothers to taste it later…whooop, whooop. Thank you girl! Btw, I put jalapeno cheese on the top instead of the smoke cheddar cheese (only because they didn’t have it at the market it I went to) and it’s sooooo good! Can’t wait to try more of your recipes, have a great holiday!

  115. This recipe is for cooking in a 9×9 pan; i have a large family if I wanted to use at 13×9 baking dish would i just double everything? Sorry if this is a silly question but i’m still learning…lol.

  116. Dang, I think I over baked it. the top macaroni a bit hard, but the middle…ooohh so delish….guess I just have to scrap that top off, LOL. Thanx for the recipe, my very 1st from scratch mac n cheese.

  117. Just want to make sure is 1 pound macaroni equals 4 cups macaroni? I check on internet said 1 pound macaroni equals 4 cups, but when I use my measuring cup to measure, I only get 1 pound macaroni equals 3 cups? Please advise.

  118. This sounds like a great recipe. My husband isn’t a big fan of Velvetta, can I leave it out or would it hender the recipe? I was hoping to make this for Thanksgiving dinner.

  119. Hi there,
    I really have to say that you really do amaze me with your cooking knowledge and that is coming from a former restaurant owner and foodie of more years than you have been alive.
    Just your advice to shred all the cheese is spot on because block cheeses have stabalizers added and they do not melt well if cut rather than shredded.
    Your mac and cheese recipe is identical to the one I’ve always used except that a few years ago I discovered gruyere cheese.
    Shred 8-10 ounces of that into your recipe and I guarantee that you will be blown away.
    It also makes the topping for french onion soup totally amazing.

  120. What type of heavy cream should I use? What brand? I really want to get this right. I never heard of heavy cream in Mac n cheese. Thanks.

  121. I can not not cook a lick…However, my friend put me on to this website and I have to say…I swear by it after making this macaroni and cheese. It came out PERFECT….It was sooo perfect I went to the store @ 9pm at night and got all the ingredients for the red velvet cake, yeast rolls, and the honey curry chicken… I even started and finish all of them…GIRLLLLLLLLL I dont know who I became over night….I HEART U MONIQUE…you change my kitchen….

    • LOL@I don’t know who I became over night! You worked it out hun!!! so glad you are enjoying the recipes!

    • Tika! I read your comment and had to laugh. I can truly relate when you say you became a different person after finding Monique and her delicious recipes! I am cooking every Sunday now and feel confident enough to invite everyone.

      Thank you soooo much, Monique! You are a BLESSING!

  122. Just saw the Nate Berkus episode on tivo…you mentioned something about boiling the macaroni in chicken broth but don’t see it in this recipe..is this the same recipe?

  123. Hey Monique,

    I have tried every mac & cheese recipe on the planet and this, my friend, is by far the best! I LOVE this macaroni and cheese! Thanks, girl!

  124. Looking forward to trying your mac and cheese for Thanksgiving. I just found you and can’t wait to try some of your grandma’s recipes. Nothing better in the world than good ole southern cooking. In fact, I just want to go eat at your grandma’s! Keep up the good work, Monique.

  125. I cooked this mac and cheese tonight. My bf loved it. I couldn’t find the “smoked cheddar” so I had to go with the “hickory smoked cheddar” I didn’t really care for the Hickory smoked, because it had a bacon flavor, but besides that, it is a good recipe and I will be making it again, minus the Hickory Smoked cheddar cheese. You get major points for this!!!!!!

  126. man this mac and cheese was AWESOME…

  127. Question @ Monique: Can I mix it all, pour it in the pan, then refrigerate it so I can bake it the next day? I am trying to cut down on work time on the actual day of my husband’s birthday lunch.. help?!

  128. OMG!!! I made this today and it was soooo bangin!! everyone is right about finding the smoked cheddar… I live in wisconsin and it was hard to find but I found it!! I was told by the deli lady that it comes out more around Thanksgiving… My fiancee loved it!! This is my permanent mac and cheese recipe!!

  129. My family went crazy for it. I’ve been making mac and cheese for years, but this recipe reigns supreme.

  130. hello i love all ur recipes and cant wait to try ur collard greens and smoked turkey legs becuz i stop eating pork and i been trying to find ways to substitute..anyway i wanted to try this recipe but i have a quick question..when u say 1cup of colby and monteray jack blended..are you talking about a half cup of colby and a half cup of monteray jack put together? i jus want to be certain so i dont over do it..thanks;-)

  131. Ill be trying it today but i looked high and low for velveeta shredded cheese and had no luck… I live in Fl if u kno of any stores that might have it.. Thanks for sharing

    • To Bonita, I live in FL and every store carries velveeta it’s just not in the “cheese” refrigerated section. It’s by the mexican food. It’s at walmart, publix and winn dixie. It comes in a block,you have to shred. SOOOOOOOOO worth it!

  132. I finally found smoked cheddar and to my surprise is was coated in paprika. Gotta love Whole Foods. Absolutley delicious.

  133. I just have a simple question, for every 3 cups of macarnoni do you double all the other ingredients??

  134. thedailyblabber

    I LOVE this recipe, but I've done a few of tweaks since I first found it. I still use the smoked cheddar though because nothing compares to the flavor you get from it. I took out the eggs and paprika and opted for a cheese sauce instead. Oh, and I use garlic salt… so good. Thanks to you and your sister for sharing.

  135. I made this for Easter and my old man was loving it!! We have been together 7 years and he always has something to say bout my mac n cheese(which everyone else loves! men!!) Anywayz he loved it, I added a lil sour cream and cream cheese. Big shot out to ur sister on this recipe! LOve it

  136. Great recipe!! I added a couple of things to it to fit my taste…1/3 cup sour cream, a dash of hot sauce, and a dash of nutmeg. I know that sounds funny, but it works :) Thanks for sharing.

  137. OMG!!! This turned out absolutely wonderful!

    Glad I found your site. Going to write a blog review about it on my blog for busy moms.

    Thanks so much for posting.

  138. Can I use all shredded cheddar instead? (Im not sure if we would like a smoky flavored cheese or a ton of different flavors of cheese)

    Also, what do u mean by Velveeta shredded? Is that the block of cheese but you would have to shred it yourself? Or can you use any brand shredded cheese?

  139. Do you have a recipe for lasagna or chicken tetrazini or spinach casserole…well all of these are casseroles i guess…

  140. Oh My Gosh!!!! I tried this recipe and WE LOVE IT!!! Thanks for sharing, my kids are so picky so to my surprise they asked me to stop making my normal mac n cheese and to always make this recipe. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!

    Lori Dayton, Shipshewana, IN

  141. Even though this is delish! and it truly is I made it, i still like moe's better!

  142. i made this mac-n-cheese a few nights ago. i couldn't find smoked cheddar anywhere in my neighborhood, so i substituted smoked gouda. it was very good! my husband loved it! its tastes very similar to my mother's mac-n-cheese! i don't like mine real creamy, i prefer it more "stretchy" and firm, so i cut WAY down on the velveeta (i only used about 2 oz.) as i said, it was great… but i think i'll use the amount of velveeta that the recipe calls for next time just to see what i think of it.

    thank you for this recipe! i love your site!!!

    p.s. this is just a small thing, but i really like the appearence of it after adding paprika and pepper to the top. i usually don't add anything on top, but this way looked much more appetizing! yum!

  143. Looove it. I make it all the time now

  144. I made this today and it was amazing, truly the best ever! Thanks so much diva! It tasted full of soul and southern!

  145. @Divas can cook, I want to make this for my college graduation party. I will have 100 people. Can you tell me how much more of the intregridents I will need?

  146. I made this recipe last night. It was so easy and tasted great. I plan to add this recipe to my repertoire but will use extra sharp cheese and add a few sprinkles of salt to the cheese mixture.

    Yummy yummy! Thanks.

  147. Where can I buy smoked cheddar?

  148. OMG!!!!!!!!!!! this was the best i ever made, i made it for thanks giving, and it almost has a smoky flavor to it, i could not find the smoke cheese, but it seemed to be a bit bitter was it because of the parika?

  149. Oh! I forgot 1 ingredient, I also used 1/2 cup of heavy cream! I added that in along with the evap milk and broth.

  150. Hi! I decided to incorporate some ideas from both of the mac and cheese recipes on here, mainly because your sister's calls for eggs but yours does not, and I prefer the consistency of egg-less baked mac and cheese. So here's what I did:

    *3 cups macaroni (I measured out 3/4 cups of chicken broth and used what was left over to add to the water to cook the noodles).
    *3 tbsp butter
    *3 tbsp flour
    *3/4 cups evaporated milk
    *3/4 cups chicken broth
    *1 cup smoked gouda (I wanted to use the smoked cheddar but could not find it at the market)
    *1 cup sharp white cheddar
    *1 cup cheddar jack
    *1 cup velveeta

    I melted the butter, then added flour, evap milk and chicken broth, and mixed until smooth.

    I then added all the cheeses and let them melt slowly, stirring frequently. Next time I do this, I will add the gouda first and let that melt for about 10 min. before adding the other cheeses. Gouda takes a little longer to melt.

    I added about 2 tbsp sour cream and some pepper to the drained macaroni.

    I added the cheese mix to the noodles, but noticed it was not very loose at all. So I ended up adding about another cup of skim milk to it, which did the trick.

    I greased the bottom of my baking pan and poured the mix in.

    I then took about 1/4 cup of each of the cheeses, mixed them together, and sprinkled that on top.

    I baked it for about 25 minutes, then let it sit for about 20 minutes.

    It was delicious!!

    Thank you so much for sharing your ideas, I've bookmarked your blog for future reference.

  151. I also used this recipe for Thankgiving and it was also a big hit! It was so delicious. It was truly like what my mother use to make…so thank you! The only thing I changed was I had to use mild cheddar on top b/c I couldn't find smoked cheddar. I searched high and low and never found it…UNTIL yesterday when I was in Target and found it in the "smoked" food section. FIGURES! lol Anyway…thanks again. I'll be using this again and again!!!!

  152. I made this for the very first time for Thanksgiving and I made a full tray of it. I used different cheeses tho, but pretty much sticked with the recipe and it was a hit! Everyone loved it…thanx for the recipe and love this site!

  153. Wow this is the best mac & cheese EVER. Its my 1st time making it homemade and let me just say I'm sooo glad I found this recipe. Its the only one I'll ever use. Its so creamy & cheesy. I didn't use smoked cheddar I used mild instead, but it still came out the bomb! Thank so much for sharing this

  154. There's nothing better that eat a good macaroni whit enough cheese That's perfect.

  155. am learning how to cook, so i may be asking some odd question like what is heavy cream?

  156. This was so delicious, not to mention it made me a hit with the inlaws *whoop whoop* By the way I came across an awesome appetizer.
    Figured I would share it with you and hopefully you like it.
    3 blocks Philly Cream Cheese
    1 can Rotel (tomato and green pepper) drained
    1 roll Jimmy Dean Sausage cooked and drained.
    (melt cream cheese add drained rotel and mix)
    (add sausage, I like adding a little bit of garlic powder or salt)
    mix up really good *remember the cheese must be melted* and this dip must be warm
    and serve with some tortilla chips. OMG Girl so yummy! I hope you like

  157. can you use chicken broth in this recipe, like you did in your other one?

  158. Thanks! I'm learning how to cook and I'm using several of your recipes from this site this Sunday for dinner! BTW…the bourbon chicken…OMG! Looking forward to trying many more recipes!!!!

  159. Kita I got mine from Walmart, but you can get it from Harris Teeter as well.

  160. I want to try this so bad for my upcoming Sunday dinner that I'm hosting…but I don't know where to find the smoked cheddar cheese! Any suggestions???

  161. I Just tried this and I ALMOST left out the smoked cheddar b/c I had to drive all over looking for it, but it was well worth it. I loved it two thumbs up..love ur site.

  162. Yep no butter required in this one. I was suprised about that too. It really doesn't need any in my opinion, with the cheeses,milk & heavy cream it surely makes up for the butter but if you'd like to add some go right ahead. Let me know how it turns out!!

    • This recipe was the Bomb my family talked about this for 2 weeks after thanksgiving I added 2 tbsp of butter it was delicious!

  163. I noticed this recipe doesn't call for any butter as most baked macaroni recipes do. Would it hurt to add some to this recipe?

  164. Flickchick..girl you know what…you sure can! And that's how I'm going to make it next time. Mix and pour, my kind of dish!

  165. Question Monique….can we just mix it up in a bowl, then put it in the baking dish? I ask because some recipes are particular about the order of things. I would just want it mixed together real good is all.


  166. LOL @ "ash on heels in winter" & also the DH (dear husband)'s response. Girl you are funny! Thanks for sharing. :O) looks yummy

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