Southern Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Southern Macaroni and Cheese Recipe – Macaroni and cheese makes a classic dish everyone loves. This Southern macaroni and cheese recipe is an heirloom family recipe that everyone loves! Make-ahead and freezer friendly!

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One of my favorite dishes growing up was this Southern Macaroni and Cheese recipe. And as an adult, I can easily say that it remains the best macaroni and cheese that I’ve ever tasted. It is creamy and comforting with a slight little change from the ordinary macaroni and cheese recipes you may have tried before and light years from the boxed varieties you find in the supermarket.This macaroni and cheese comes together so easily, you can have it on the table for a busy weeknight supper even though it tastes like you’ve been working away on it for hours. One of my favorite things to do is to make this macaroni and cheese ahead of time to make weeknights even easier! It is stores well in the refrigerator for 3 days in advance or in the freezer for up to a month.

Make Ahead!
Prepare the macaroni and cheese without baking and cover the dish tightly with plastic wrap. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To serve, remove from the refrigerator and remove the plastic wrap. Bake as directed in the original recipe.

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This macaroni and cheese is a family-favorite recipe that must have been a Southern church potluck staple during my Grandmother and my husband’s Grandmother’s hay day. Actually, my husband’s great aunt Thelma is credited with this recipe on his side of the family while my Grandmother’s friend Doris is credited on mine.

I like to just thank them both.

They both deserve the thanks for bringing this macaroni and cheese into each of our lives.

I’m ever so grateful.

I think you will be too when you make it. And you really should make it soon –  and often. It’s Southern comfort food at its finest.

Then just watch it disappear.

It’s like magic how quickly it goes.

Southern Macaroni and Cheese Recipe - Macaroni and cheese makes a classic dish everyone loves. This Southern macaroni and cheese recipe is an heirloom family recipe that everyone loves! // addapinch.com

You really should make it soon.

You’ll be thanking Aunt T and Mrs. Doris, too.

Here’s our Southern Macaroni and Cheese Recipe. I hope you love it as much as we do!

Yield: 8

Southern Macaroni and Cheese

Total Time 45 minutes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Southern Macaroni and Cheese Recipe - Macaroni and cheese makes a classic dish everyone loves. This Southern macaroni and cheese recipe is an heirloom family recipe that everyone loves! Make-ahead and freezer friendly!
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Ingredients

  • 1 (8-ounce) package elbow noodles cooked and drained
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups homemade cream of chicken soup or 1 (10 3/4 ounce) can cream of chicken soup + 10 3/4 ounces of water
  • 1/4 cup onion chopped
  • 3 heaping tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup pimento pepper chopped (large jar)
  • 1 sleeve Ritz Crackers crumbled
  • 4 tablespoons butter melted

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. Mix the cooked noodles, cheese, cream of chicken soup (and water if using store-bought), onion, mayonnaise, and pimentos together in a large bowl. Spread into a 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix Ritz Crackers and melted butter until thoroughly blended. Sprinkle crackers on top of casserole.
  4. Bake at 350º F degrees until the cheese have melted and the top is golden brown, 30 minutes.

Notes

If using homemade cream of chicken soup, do not add water. If using store-bought cream of chicken soup, do add the water.

Make-Ahead:
Prepare Southern Macaroni and Cheese recipe without baking and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Bake as directed for serving.

 

Nutrition Facts
Southern Macaroni and Cheese
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 331 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 50mg 17%
Sodium 673mg 28%
Potassium 129mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 26g 9%
Sugars 1g
Protein 12g 24%
Vitamin A 11.5%
Vitamin C 0.4%
Calcium 22.1%
Iron 6.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All images and text © Robyn Stone for Add a Pinch

Enjoy!
Robyn xo

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27 comments on “Southern Macaroni and Cheese Recipe”

  1. You might make my hubby fall in love with me all over again with this recipe!!! Its pure genius!

  2. This looks and sounds so good…only problem is I’m not a fan of mushroom soup. Do you think it would be good if I substituted cream of celery soup?

  3. yep, right about now is when i’m glad i’m not living next door . . . i’d never have to cook again!!

  4. I love seeing everyones favorite mac n cheese recipes. There are so many varieties out there! This is definitely a new one to me 🙂

  5. Someone else put Ritz crackers in a recipe for me recently and it was SO GOOD. I bet it would be magical in mac n’ cheese!

  6. Love the simplicity of this! Must be so rich and creamy!

  7. Southern macaroni and cheese is always a favorite.

  8. This just made me so incredibly hungry!

  9. I want some right now!!!!!

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  12. This recipe was very delicious, it definitely lives upto its name. I did add a few other things, I bought roisterer chicken to use for the other recipe(chicken salad with grapes) for my husband and decided to throw in some of the extra left over pieces, and then I added more sharp cheddar on top before adding the ritz topping and oh my! my daughter loves it and she is quite picky, even my husband tried it!:o haha he said it was delicious.
    Thank you so much for the recipe Robyn! I can’t wait to try more of your recipes:)

  13. Thank you for solving my Monday dinner ! Have a pleasant weekend !

  14. I wonder…would a cream of broccoli soup work to make this vegetarian?

    • Hi Jen,
      Yes! Absolutely! You could also use a cream of mushroom or cream of celery would work as well. I hope you enjoy it! xo

  15. This is a great guide. I am so happy that you posted this. I have been searching for this information for a long time. Am glad that I got it! It is very simple and clear to understand. This is very informative to us readers. Keep posting such great information.

  16. This is the best mac & cheese I had , been looking for one that stays creamy the next day ,it was even better the next day , it tast so good ,I made it for our church Christmas party every one loved it ,it was a big hit I had many request for the recipe – try it you will love it too!

  17. Thank you for everything 🙂 especially the notes.

  18. Best Mac and Cheese ever!

  19. Yes, and it’s one of our favorites, delicious!

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