Southern Style Mac and Cheese, way better than the boxed macaroni and cheese, and takes a short time to come together. Creamy, rich, and cheesy, this baked mac and cheese is gloriously delicious and a family favorite.
Watch the video tutorial below and follow the tips mentioned in this post for the ultimate comfort soul food!
Southern-Style Mac and cheese Recipe
I’ve enjoyed exploring different amazing versions of macaroni and cheese in The Southern States of America, especially Georgia, and they were all delicious. Mac and cheese are a staple in the United States, and you can find it in most restaurants, and don’t be surprised to find it in stores too. There is the frozen version, and the boxed version found on the shelves. The flavor is alright, but there is a hint of an unpleasant after taste probably coming from the preservatives.
The best Southern Style mac and cheese are homemade, nothing can beat a homemade mac and cheese, simply because people have different taste, so they add different spices, cheeses, and pasta.
Mac and Cheese Ingredients
Elbow macaroni. You can use other types of pasta but avoid the large ones and the long ones like spaghetti. The large pasta will take in a lot of sauce, turning your mac and cheese dry, and long pasta, can’t hold the sauce well.
Flour. We are making a roux (basic sauce). All-purpose flour brings out great flavors when sauteed with butter. You can use whole wheat flour, but the sauce will come out dense and with less flavor.
Butter. Use unsalted and unflavored butter.
Mustard. Some people don’t like it in their mac and cheese, you can omit it, but it pairs well with cheddar cheese in this cheese sauce.
Whole milk and Heavy Cream, to add creaminess and silky texture to the cheese sauce.
Cheddar and mozzarella cheese use mild or sharp cheddar.
How Do You Make Southern Style Mac and Cheese?
- Melt the butter in a saucepan.
- Add the flour to the melted butter.
- Add the milk and the cream to the flour, stir.
- Season with salt and pepper and add the mustard.
- Turn off heat, add both cheddar and mozzarella cheese to the sauce and stir.
- Add an egg to the sauce, whisk.
- Add the cooked pasta, mix.
- Pour the mixture in a baking pan, spread cheddar cheese on top. Bake.
Tips for The Best Southern Style Mac and Cheese
- Use your favorite cheddar cheese, but know that the sharpness of the cheese decreases when you add it to the sauce.
- Do not cover the macaroni and cheese while baking to have a bubbly a little crispy top. But if your oven is too hot, then cover the macaroni and cheese with aluminum foil so it doesn’t get dry while it is baking and remove it 10 minutes before you take the mac and cheese out of the oven.
- Shred your cheese, it is convenient to use already shredded cheese, but it loses some moisture in the process, which leads to the grainy texture of cheese sauce. Buy a block of cheese and shredded it at home.
- Take out the macaroni and cheese from the oven immediately after it’s baked. Some people leave it in the oven to keep it warm, but that makes it go dry and lumpy.
- Overcooking the macaroni will create lumps in the mac and cheese. I suggest you cook the macaroni 2 minutes less than the time mentioned on the box.
- If you don’t want to use eggs in this recipe, then replace it with three tablespoon cream cheese, or quarter cup mozzarella cheese.
- Feel free to double the amount of the sauce if you like your macaroni and cheese with more sauce.
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