Southern-Style Macaroni and Cheese so Good It'll Make You Want to Slap Your Grandmama!

Updated on December 22, 2017
Macaroni and cheese is sure to be a hit at any potluck.
Macaroni and cheese is sure to be a hit at any potluck. | Source

Macaroni and Cheese Is About Heritage

The first thing y'all need to understand about this recipe is that I'm from the South. Anyone who's grown up there knows there are five food groups, and macaroni and cheese is the fifth. Every little Southern girl (and some little Southern boys) learns how to make the perfect macaroni and cheese at their mama's knee. This is a key life skill along with learning how to use the term "y'all" (it never means just one person) and knowing that if you're "fixin'" to do something, it means you'll do it once you get around to it. Macaroni and cheese is an all-purpose dish that works for wakes, weddings, baby showers, Sunday dinner, and church-covered dish suppers. No one turns it down. If they say they did, they'd be a doggone liar.

Now that we've established that, let's get to what I was fixin' to to help y'all make the best macaroni and cheese you ever put in your mouth.


  • 4 cups small elbow macaroni
  • 4 tbsp butter or margarine
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 12 oz extra sharp cheddar cheese, block (not pre-shredded)
  • 1 1/2 cups whole or 2% milk
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • A dash of pepper


  1. Pour 4 quarts of water into a very large pot. Add salt and a little oil to the water and bring it to a rapid boil.
  2. Add the noodles and boil them for about 8 minutes. Do not overcook them because it will continue to cook in the oven. Drain noodles with a strainer.
  3. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan. Add the flour to the pan and stir it together for 2-3 minutes to create a roux. Make sure the raw flour is absorbed.
  4. Slowly add the milk to the saucepan while constantly stirring the roux. You will use approximately one cup of milk for this step.
  5. Add in one cup of cheese to create the sauce. As it begins to thicken, add it to the cooked pasta. Stir everything together until combined and add the salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Spread half of the mixture into a greased 13"x9"x2" glass pan. Add some of the grated cheese to cover the macaroni mixture. Add just enough milk to moisten the mixture and the cheese.
  7. Repeat the last step for second half of the macaroni mixture and grated cheese. Add milk on top until you can see it coming up to the top edge of the layers.
  8. Place the baking dish on a foil-wrapped baking sheet to prevent spills in the oven. Bake for around 30 minutes at 375 degrees or until hot and bubbly. The cheese on top should just begin to brown.
  9. Now for goodness sake, eat it because you've worked so hard!


Besides the potential grandma abuse I mentioned in the title, this macaroni and cheese has been known to inspire unsolicited marriage proposals, a feeling of immense satisfaction and fullness, and healing of whatever ails you! Let me know how it turns out below! But do know that if you mess it up, it's not the recipe's fault!

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      • DIYweddingplanner profile image

        DIYweddingplanner 7 years ago from South Carolina, USA

        Thanks, Emily, been visitng on your hubs, too. I'm a proud follower!

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        emilybee 7 years ago

        Looks delicious! Recipe almost looks like the mac and cheese my momma makes - thanks for the great info in this hub.

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        DIYweddingplanner 7 years ago from South Carolina, USA

        OK, James. Just remember, if you screw it up...I know nothing! :o)

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        James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

        Sounds scrumptuous! Nothin' like macaroni and cheese. That's groceries! Thanks for the recipe. I'll try it.

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        DIYweddingplanner 7 years ago from South Carolina, USA

        I have to say no matter how good the macaroni, I would never have slapped my grandmama either. That might have put a stop to the fabulous chocolate cake and homemade bread she also mama didn't raise no fool!

        Thanks, PP!

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        The Pink Panther 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

        Mmmm this looks so mouthwatering I would slap my grandmama! - just i'm a little afraid she'll hit back...

        Great hub!

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        DIYweddingplanner 7 years ago from South Carolina, USA

        Diane and KK, this is the ultimate macaroni and cheese recipe. All three of us girls in my family make it...with some variation, of course and we learned it from our mama. And she probably learned it from her mama! I'm not the greatest cook in the world, but this is one thing I can make without killing anyone!

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        Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

        DIY, your mac and cheese looks absolutely delicious, I must try the recipe.

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        dianebowling 7 years ago from Virginia

        Great recipe! That's how I make mine, the sauce also works great on other pastas. Now that I'm allergic to milk I need to figure out how to make it without it. :(

        I have felt the need to tell people how to make it when I see mac and cheese with the cheese all stuck together in clumps (from just tossing shredded cheese on hot noodles).

        Thumbs up!

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        DIYweddingplanner 7 years ago from South Carolina, USA

        KBD, so true, that blue box stuff can't touch the macaroni & cheese I grew up with. Now you need to post that biscuit recipe! Thanks for reading!

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        Kristen Burns-Darling 7 years ago from Orange County, California

        Having been raised mostly in Southern California, but with my roots being buried firmly in the south, I know just how much truth there is to that statement, "every little girl, (and some little boys)..." My kids NEVER had boxed macaroni and cheese until they were old enough to go to someone else's house.....Macaroni and Cheese, it's part on my family's staple, I even make it for Thanksgiving. Thanks for the warm fuzzy feeling you gave me, now all I need are some of my Aunt Netta's Biscuits,(which fortunately I know how to make) and dinner will be served! Great hub, both entertaining and informative!