Southern Homemade Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

This baked macaroni and cheese recipe also works well with boxed macaroni and cheese, poured into a casserole dish and baked. We recommend either Annie’s Organic Shells & White Cheddar Mac and Cheese (you can get a pack of 12 boxes inexpensively) or the original Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner (pack of 5 boxes).

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Southern Baked Macaroni and Cheese

If you're looking for a homemade macaroni and cheese recipe like grandma used to make, this is it! Spice it up by using different cheeses like Pepper Jack!

 Course Main Dish

 Cuisine: American, Italian

 Prep Time: 20 minutes

 Cook Time: 30 minutes

 Total Time: 50 minutes

 Servings: 8 people


  • 16 oz. box elbow macaroni
  • 4 cups sharp cheddar cheese shredded (reserve 1 cup for the top)
  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 eggs beaten
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Prepare macaroni according to instructions on box.
  2. Drain and return to pot.
  3. Add 3 cups of cheese, milk, eggs, butter and cream cheese.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Pour into a greased 9 x 13 casserole dish.
  6. Top with the remaining 1 cup of cheese.
  7. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.

Recipe Notes

If you need a good casserole dish, We recommend the Pyrex Basic Glass Baking Dishes. They’ve been making bakeware and the good old casserole dish since practically since baking was a thing!

Tomorrow, The Budget Diet will feature Best Macaroni and Cheese! If you’re looking for a creamy macaroni and cheese, don’t miss it!

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