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.

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 373 kcal
Author The Foodie Eats


  • 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


  1. Preheat oven to 325F degrees.

  2. 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.

  3. Meanwhile – in a large mixing bowl, add eggs, seasoned salt, and pepper and whisk together. Add milk and whisk again. Set aside.

  4. Drain pasta in a colander. Add butter to pot then return pasta to pot while still hot and mix until butter is completely melted.

  5. Return pot to stove over medium heat. Add cubed cheese and mix until partially melted. Remove from heat.
  6. Add egg/milk mixture to pasta/cheese mixture and stir until well combined. Then pour into 13x9 glass casserole dish.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes. Then remove from oven and gently mix well. Top completely with an even layer of sliced cheddar.
  8. 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.
  9. Remove from oven and let rest for at least 15 minutes (or more) before serving.

Nutrition Facts
Mom's Southern Baked Mac and Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 373 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 35%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 118mg 39%
Sodium 664mg 28%
Potassium 219mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 21g 7%
Sugars 4g
Protein 18g 36%
Vitamin A 15%
Vitamin C 0.8%
Calcium 43%
Iron 5.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.