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!


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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. Michelle C. says

    Hands down best recipe ever! So much flavor and great texture. The smoked cheese (or shredded cheese with smoked paprika in my case) is perfect.

  2. Kali Know says

    This recipe is Da Bomb… I cook this mac recipe once a year for “Thanksgiving” for the past three years. I refuse to cook it any other time. So, I can give my family and friend something to look forward to. Believe me”they can’t wait.” This year I’ll be cooking two pans. One as the recipe stated, the other with lobster meat.

    Love it, Love it, Love it…… I can’t wait.

  3. Jennipher says

    I’m planning on making this in the next few days but don’t have access to the heavy cream. what can i replace it with??

  4. Dana says

    I made this last night for dinner and my family loved it! My little 10 yr old niece couldn’t get enough! Unfortunately I couldn’t find the smoked cheddar at the one store that I went to so I had to do without :( I will definitely use it in the future. Great recipe!

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