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Southern Mac and Cheese

Southern Mac and Cheese is easy to make, loaded with flavor, and perfect to share with your friends and family. Few ingredients and worth every bite!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: southern mac and cheese
Servings: 12
Calories: 460kcal


  • 6 cups cooked elbow macaroni
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon dry ground mustard
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 cups shredded cheese + extra for topping


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. and set aside a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  • Using a large pot, melt the butter over medium-high heat.
  • Add the flour, stirring constantly until completely dissolved and thick.
  • Slowly stir in the half and half and heavy cream. Cook for 2-3 minutes to thicken.
  • Stir in the mustard, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  • Add the cheese, stirring the sauce to allow the cheese to completely melt. About 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add the cooked pasta and stir until fully covered in the cheese sauce. Pour into the prepared baking dish.
  • Spread evenly, top with additional shredded cheese, and place in the oven to bake for 20 minutes, until golden and bubbly.
  • Serve warm.


Calories: 460kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 453mg | Potassium: 135mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 1045IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 334mg | Iron: 0.8mg