Classic Southern Macaroni and Cheese

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 10 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Inactive: 20 min
  • Cook: 45 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 cups elbow macaroni

8 ounces grated extra-sharp Cheddar (about 2 cups)

2 cups milk

2 large eggs, lightly beaten


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9-by-13-inch ovenproof casserole dish. 
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni and cook until tender (a little more than al dente), about 12 minutes. Drain well in a colander. 
  3. In a large bowl, combine the macaroni, cheese, milk and eggs. Add some salt and pepper. Transfer to the prepared dish. 
  4. Bake until golden brown and bubbly, about 30 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool slightly before serving.

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