Southern Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Southern Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Classic southern-style baked macaroni and cheese with egg-milk custard and lots of cheese, soul food heaven!
Prep Time20minutes 
Cook Time40minutes 
Total Time1hour 
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American


Servings: 10 servings


Calories: 471kcal


  • 8 to 10 ounces elbow macaroni
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  •  teaspoons white pepper
  •  teaspoons granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • ½ pound Velveeta, cut into small chunks
  • 8 ounces shredded Colby-Jack cheese or 4 ounces Colby and 4 ounces Monterey Jack
  • 4 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese


  • Preheat oven to 350º. Bring large pot of water to boil and then salt generously. Cook macaroni just shy of package directions, al dente. Drain well and place in 9″ by 13″ baking dish or pan.
  • In same pasta pot, whisk together whole milk, evaporated milk, eggs, salt, pepper and sugar until combined. Pour mixture over cooked macaroni in pan.
  • Add butter, sour cream, Velveeta, Colby-Jack and sharp cheddar cheeses. Stir to combine well and top evenly with shredded mild cheddar.
  • Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until bubbly and lightly browned on top. Let rest 10 minutes or so before serving. Enjoy!


  • People swear by Velveeta in this recipe, do not use a substitute.  Miss Robie herself uses only Velveeta.
  • While pre-packaged shredded cheese works fine, grating your own is the better option.  It just melts better.
  • It’s going to be oily on top after baking, that’s how it is with real cheeses and butter.  If you think it’s excessive, blot some up with a paper towel while it rests.  I do sometimes.
  • Reheats are great, just pop in the microwave.
  • This is filling and hearty enough to serve as the main dish but most often it is a side dish.  It’s unbelievably good alongside collard greens and fried chicken!


Calories: 471kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 124mg | Sodium: 889mg | Potassium: 315mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1122IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 565mg | Iron: 1mg