When we think of macaroni and cheese we always think of Grandma Carol’s ultimate comfort food, her cheesy Southern Macaroni and Cheese!
It is so nice when we get to go back to the Carolina’s to visit family, we wish we could go more often. There is so much history there and we love to see it all. As much as we love to visit all the places, we can’t wait to get together with family for some good old family food favorites and great chats. When we get together with Grandma Carol and Grandpa Lou it is a sure bet that one of the dishes will be macaroni and cheese and not one morsel is left in the dish at the end of the meal.
We carry on this tradition as often as we can with our little family. The first time we made it with our little one’s they did not recognize that it was the “real macaroni and cheese”. They were use to one of their favorite out of the box macaroni and cheese meals. Don’t get me wrong, the out of the box macaroni and cheese is a life saver at those meal times when time is just not on your side. However, when we have the time we love making our macaroni and cheese from scratch, where every bite is full of cheesy, buttery, heart stopping goodness!
Southern macaroni and cheese is different than other recipes, it’s not creamy like the macaroni and cheese Carrian grew up with. Instead it’s simple elbow macaroni, cheese and butter. Yep, that’s it. And I love it. Carrian still prefers the creamy with a panko bread crumb topping, but she can appreciate a baked southern macaroni and cheese.
Southern Macaroni and Cheese
- 1 Pound box elbow macaroni
- 3½ cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (reserve 1 cup for topping)
- ¼ Cup Butter, softened
- 1½ cups whole or 2% milk
- 3 eggs, beaten
- ½ Cup Sour Cream
- ½ Teaspoon Salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9x11" casserole dish.
- Cook the macaroni per package instructions.
- Place the pasta in a large bowl and while still hot and add 2½ cups cheese and butter. In a medium bowl, combine the remaining ingredients, whisking to combine, and add to the macaroni mixture. Pour macaroni mixture into a casserole dish, top with remaining 1 cup of cheese and bake for 30 to 45 minutes. Serve immediately.
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