This gooey baked Southern Style Macaroni and Cheese is rich and decadent with a creamy no cook sauce. Serve it on buys days or when entertaining for a memorable side dish.
Baked Southern Style Macaroni and Cheese Recipe
When it comes to macaroni and cheese, there more far more variations than there are Southern states. I would describe this macaroni and cheese as my quick and easy, homestyle macaroni and cheese. This version is specifically designed for those days, you don't have the time to make the cheese sauce from scratch. It's not fussy but the end result is irresistible. Unlike my 5 Cheese Holiday Macaroni and Cheese, where the cheese sauce is turned from a bechamel sauce into a gloriously rich five cheese sensation, the sauce for this dish is whipped up using my stand blender. Pour the no-cook cheese sauce over layers of cooked classic elbow macaroni and top it all off with a blend of sharp cheddar cheese.
How To Make Southern Style Macaroni and Cheese
Macaroni and cheese is one of those dishes that are a "sure thing" when entertaining. It never ceases to amaze me how it continues to delight kids of every generation and kids of all ages gravitate to it no matter the occasion or what other dishes are being offered. A few things to consider when making:
- If you're planning a special event assemble this dish the night before then allow it to warm for 15 minutes or so on the counter before baking for a time saver.
- Top it off with more cheese and a few dots of butter and bake it until it's golden and bubbly.
- While I typically don't add a crumb topping to this particular variation of macaroni and cheese, you could, if you wanted to. To do so, toss ½-1 cup of panko breadcrumbs with 1-2 tablespoon melted butter and sprinkle on top before baking. You may also like to use fresh breadcrumbs or even crushed cracker crumbs, if that's what you have on hand.
- You could adapt the flavor of cheese, but I highly recommend making this recipe as directed.
- You won't believe a cheese sauce this simple can be so insanely delicious.
- You may also like to checkout my Parade article about 15 Sensational Ways To Make Mac and Cheese.
Other Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipes to Add to the Menu
Most macaroni and cheese recipes can be served as an entree or a side dish depending on the occasion. You can also use a variety of cheese or a blend of cheese's that you particularly enjoy to amp up the flavor. A few examples of other macaroni and cheese recipes to try;
- Twisted Macaroni and Cheese
- Creamy Macaroni and Cheese Pie
- Bacon Macaroni and Cheese Muffins
- Crab Macaroni and Cheese will turn any occasion onto something special
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Helpful Kitchen Items:
Southern Style Macaroni And Cheese
- 2 cup dry elbow macaroni
- 4 cup shredded Triple Cheddar Cheese blend divided [*see cook's note]
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1 10 ¾ oz can cheddar cheese soup
- ⅔ cup soft easy melting cheese [i.e. Velveeta or Cheez Whiz]
- ½ cup sour cream
- 4 tablespoon melted butter
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon ground mustard
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon white pepper
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and spray a 13 x 9 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
- In a medium size pot, boil the elbow macaroni in salted water until al dente Drain well.
- In a blender, blend together the milk, sour cream, cheddar cheese soup, cheez whiz, eggs, melted butter, white pepper, ground mustard, and salt. You can also do this by hand with a whisk.
- Layer one half of the cooked macaroni in the bottom of the baking dish. Sprinkle with 2 ½ cups of shredded cheddar cheese.
- Spread the last of the cooked elbow macaroni over the cheese layer.
- Pour the creamy sauce evenly over the macaroni. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.
- Dot the top with butter just before baking.
- Bake for 40 minutes until golden and bubbly. Serve hot.