Southern Macaroni and Cheese

When we think of macaroni and cheese we always think of Grandma Carol's ultimate comfort food, her cheesy Southern Macaroni and Cheese! ohsweetbasil.com

 

When we think of macaroni and cheese we always think of Grandma Carol’s ultimate comfort food, her cheesy Southern Macaroni and Cheese!

 

 

When we think of macaroni and cheese we always think of Grandma Carol's ultimate comfort food, her cheesy Southern Macaroni and Cheese! ohsweetbasil.com

 

 

It is so nice when we get to go back to the Carolina’s to visit family, we wish we could go more often.  There is so much history there and we love to see it all.  As much as we love to visit all the places, we can’t wait to get together with family for some good old family food favorites and great chats.  When we get together with Grandma Carol and Grandpa Lou it is a sure bet that one of the dishes will be macaroni and cheese and not one morsel is left in the dish at the end of the meal.

 

 

 

 

When we think of macaroni and cheese we always think of Grandma Carol's ultimate comfort food, her cheesy Southern Macaroni and Cheese! ohsweetbasil.com

 

 

We carry on this tradition as often as we can with our little family.  The first time we made it with our little one’s they did not recognize that it was the “real macaroni and cheese”.  They were use to one of their favorite out of the box macaroni and cheese meals.

 

Don’t get me wrong, the out of the box macaroni and cheese is a life saver at those meal times when time is just not on your side.  However, when we have the time we love making our southern macaroni and cheese from scratch, where every bite is full of cheesy, buttery, heart stopping goodness!

 

When we think of macaroni and cheese we always think of Grandma Carol's ultimate comfort food, her cheesy Southern Macaroni and Cheese! ohsweetbasil.com

 

Southern Macaroni and Cheese

Southern macaroni and cheese is soul food and different than other recipes, it’s not creamy like the macaroni and cheese Carrian grew up with. Instead it’s simple elbow macaroni, cheese and butter. Oh and this Southern macaroni and cheese with sour cream really takes the cake. Yep, that’s it. And I love it. Carrian still prefers the creamy with a panko bread crumb topping, but she can appreciate a baked southern macaroni and cheese.

Scroll to the bottom for the full recipe.

Another favorite macaroni and cheese recipe is this Panera Macaroni and Cheese Copycat.  Yum!

 

When we think of macaroni and cheese we always think of Grandma Carol's ultimate comfort food, her cheesy Southern Macaroni and Cheese!

Carolina Pulled Pork

The juiciest, most flavorful pork you’ll ever have and you don’t even need a BBQ. 

 

This pulled pork is the best I've ever had and it's made in the oven! Check out my south carolina husband's secrets for the best pork! ohsweetbasil.com

Southern Macaroni and Cheese

Southern Macaroni and Cheese

When we think of macaroni and cheese we always think of Grandma Carol’s ultimate comfort food, her cheesy Southern Macaroni and Cheese!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Pound box elbow macaroni
  • 3 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (reserve 1 cup for topping)
  • 1/4 Cup Butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups whole or 2% milk
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9×11″ casserole dish.
  2. Cook the macaroni per package instructions.
  3. Place the pasta in a large bowl and while still hot and add 2 1/2 cups cheese and butter.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine the remaining ingredients, whisking to combine, and add to the macaroni mixture.
  5. Pour macaroni mixture into a casserole dish, top with remaining 1 cup of cheese and bake for 30 to 45 minutes.

Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 6, Serving Size: 1

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 714 Calories
  • Total Fat: 38.1g
  • Cholesterol: 182.4mg
  • Carbohydrates: 61g
  • Fiber: 2.4g
  • Sugar: 5.9g
  • Protein: 30.9g
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Carrian Cheney

Lover of all things beautiful, good and delicious. Wife, mother, friend, foodie.

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36 comments on “Southern Macaroni and Cheese”

  1. Can this be made ahead of time…..Like assemble the macaroni and the cheese and then the next day whisk the other stuff together and pour it on top of the macaroni and cheese mixture so the noodles wouldn’t get soggy ? Also do you have to add the sour cream cause I have some in my family that arent very big sour cream eaters……Hoping for a reply before Christmas day

    • I’m so sorry! We took the last two days off to spend uninterrupted time with our kids! Did you try it? Yes, that should work great, and you can’t taste the sour cream in it, but you need it to get the right creamy texture.

  2. Hi!!  This recipe sounds so good and I making it for Thanksgiving… Can I make this ahead of time and just put in the fridge and bake it tomorrow? Thank you

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  7. What can I substitute for eggs?

  8. great recipe will make again. instant favorite for the entire family.

  9. Followed the directions perfectly and the cheese turned out lumpy not creamy 

  10. This recipe would really benefit from including measurements of salt for both the pasta water as it cooks and any additional salt to be added to the mixture. Not all pasta dishes call for the same amount of salt in the cooking water, and not all packages of pasta offer the same advice for salting the water. If, as seems to be the case here, there is no other salt called for in the recipe, it might be a good idea to note that instead of cooking the pasta per the directions on the package, you should generously salt the cooking water. I tend to fall somewhere in the mid-range on salting pasta water, and it this case it resulted in a really bland dish. I can see why, absent instruction in the recipe, others had the same experience.

  11. Can this be doubled and baked in a 9×13 or should I do two separate dishes?

  12. This recipe is perfect timing!

  13. I made this twice and it was pretty bland. I think it needs more salt…or something.

  14. What temperature for the oven? Bake for how long.
    I dont see it in the reciepe above.

    Thanks

  15. Just made this last night and was so happy with the results! Absolutely delicious!

  16. Could I use a glass baking dish instead of a casserole dish?

  17. This was awesome!I am curious to know if it would be safe to mix it up a day ahead of baking it?

    • Hi JP, We haven’t ever mixed it up a whole day ahead, so I can’t say for certain, however I would worry that the pasta would take on too much of the liquid and be mushy. 🙁

  18. YES-this is exactly my kind of mac and cheese!!! I adore it

  19. Apologizing for what might be an obvious answer that I can’t seem to find – but does the butter get put in with the remaining ingredients and whisked? is it melted first? Maybe it goes in with the hot pasta?
    I’m so clueless. 😀

  20. I would also strongly urge not to change the quantity of the ingredients. At least for the first time you make it. For us they are perfect!

  21. This particular Mac ‘n Cheese is the bomb. My wife tried different recipes for years until she settled on this style and ingredients. It canalso be topped with panko every once in a while also.