Mom’s Southern Baked Mac and Cheese

Mom’s Southern Baked Mac and Cheese

(Which is Pretty Much a Casserole)

I’ve spent the last 10 years learning how to cook this dish the way my mom did when I was a kid. It was my first favorite food in the whole world (that I can remember). The only problem is… my mom does not measure anything! I mean, unless she’s baking a cake or a pie, it’s always just a little bit of this and that. Well, it is truly my pleasure to share this recipe with the world; especially after a few dozen failed attempts over the years. Please enjoy my mom’s famous southern baked mac and cheese!

More comfort food sides:

Serving of mac and cheese on small white plate.

 

The Process

Water boiling in pot.

Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil, then add a lot of salt. You want it to be as salty as the ocean tastes.

 

Elbow pasta in boiling water.

Add pasta and cook pasta to an al dente texture, usually about 7 minutes. Do not fully cook since pasta will cook more later in the oven.

 

Six eggs seasoned with seasoned salt and pepper.

Meanwhile – in a large mixing bowl, add eggs, seasoned salt, and pepper…

 

Eggs in mixing bowl with whisk.

…and whisk together.

 

Eggs and milk in mixing bowl with whisk.

Add milk…

 

Eggs and milk in mixing bowl with whisk.

…and whisk again. Set aside.

 

Cooked elbow pasta in colander.

Drain pasta in a colander.

 

Stick of butter melting in pot.

Add butter to pot…

 

Cooked elbow pasta in pot.

…then return pasta to pot while still hot…

 

Cooked elbow pasta in pot with melting butter.

…and mix until butter is completely melted.

 

Cubed cheddar cheese on top of elbow pasta.

Return pot to stove over medium heat. Add cubed cheese…

 

Cubed cheese melting in elbow pasta.

…and mix until partially melted. Remove from heat.

 

Egg mixture pouring over pasta and cheese.

Add egg/milk mixture to pasta/cheese mixture…

 

Eggs/milk mixture combined with pasta/cheese mixture.

…and stir until well combined.

 

Uncooked mac and cheese mixture in Pyrex baking dish.

Then pour into 13×9 glass casserole dish. Bake for 15 minutes.

 

Mixing pasta and cheese with large spoon.

Then remove from oven and gently mix well.

 

Sliced cheddar cheese layer in Pyrex dish.

Top completely with an even layer of sliced cheddar. Return to oven and bake for about 15 more minutes. Note: the only thing that needs to cook are the eggs, so resist the urge to overcook. Remove from oven and let rest for at least 15 minutes (or more) before serving.

 

And this is the AMAZING result…

Baked mac and cheese in Pyrex baking dish.

 

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Mac and cheese on fork with white plate in background.

Mom's Southern Baked Mac and Cheese

I've spent the last 10 years learning to cook this baked macaroni and cheese the way my mom did when I was a kid. My first favorite food! You're Welcome.
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: comfort food, mac and cheese
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 20
Calories: 373kcal
Author: The Foodie Eats

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. elbow pasta
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 6 large eggs
  • 24 oz. evaporated milk
  • 1 Tbsp. Lawry’s seasoned salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 lbs. Kraft medium cheddar cheese ½ cubed, ½ medium sliced

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325F degrees.
  • Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil, then add a lot of salt. You want it to be as salty as the ocean tastes. Add pasta and cook pasta to an al dente texture, usually about 7 minutes. Do not fully cook since pasta will cook more later in the oven.
  • Meanwhile – in a large mixing bowl, add eggs, seasoned salt, and pepper and whisk together. Add milk and whisk again. Set aside.
  • Drain pasta in a colander. Add butter to pot then return pasta to pot while still hot and mix until butter is completely melted.
  • Return pot to stove over medium heat. Add cubed cheese and mix until partially melted. Remove from heat.
  • Add egg/milk mixture to pasta/cheese mixture and stir until well combined. Then pour into 13x9 glass casserole dish.
  • Bake for 15 minutes. Then remove from oven and gently mix well. Top completely with an even layer of sliced cheddar.
  • Return to oven and bake for about 15 more minutes. Note: the only thing that needs to cook are the eggs, so resist the urge to overcook.
  • Remove from oven and let rest for at least 15 minutes (or more) before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 373kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 118mg | Sodium: 664mg | Potassium: 219mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 750IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 430mg | Iron: 0.9mg

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Southern Baked Mac and Cheese image for Pinterest.

 

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9 Comments

  • Reply
    rebecca
    November 1, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    5 stars
    This is the best macaroni and cheese I have ever eaten! I love this recipe, so easy to make but tastes like you spent hours on it.

  • Reply
    Matthew
    November 7, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    5 stars
    Such a great recipe and I really appreciate the easy steps!

  • Reply
    Jesse
    December 24, 2017 at 8:12 am

    What size of cans do I use for the 2 cans of evaporated milk??

    • Reply
      Chef Gary
      January 2, 2018 at 7:44 pm

      12oz. Sorry for the delay… and being unclear.

  • Reply
    Kathryn
    March 13, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    5 stars
    My family loves this recipe!

  • Reply
    Sue
    March 13, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    5 stars
    Our new favorite. Thanks, Evelyn 🙂

  • Reply
    Deanna
    September 27, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    Question – have you tried freezing leftovers?
    I can hear people saying, “What leftovers??” 😊

  • Reply
    Sara
    September 27, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    5 stars
    Ever since my granny died Mac and cheese was never the same until this recipe. I’ve tried 100s of different styles you name it This recipe was my piece of heaven. So delicious even printed it out for future references. I will be making this at least 4x a month. Thank you so much!!!

    • Reply
      Gary White
      October 2, 2019 at 1:09 pm

      Thanks for your kind words. That makes me happy.

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