The Ultimate Lady’s Cheesy Mac and Cheese

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The Ultimate Lady’s Cheesy Mac and Cheese The Ultimate Lady’s Cheesy Mac and Cheese

Servings: 8-10 servings
Prep Time: 25 min
Cook Time: 45 min
Difficulty: Easy

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2 cup dried elbow macaroni (4 cups cooked)
1/3 cup grated Cheddar
1/3 cup grated Swiss
1/3 cup grated Jack
1/3 cup grated Colby
1/3 cup grated Muenster
1/3 cup grated Gouda
1/2 cup sour cream
4 tablespoon butter, cut into pieces
6   eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 cup milk
Nonstick spray





Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Season water with salt and cook macaroni until al dente, about 10 minutes. Drain pasta and place in a large bowl. While pasta is still hot, add all cheeses. In a separate medium bowl, using a whisk, combine the sour cream, butter, eggs, salt, pepper and milk and add to the macaroni mixture. Spray casserole dish with nonstick spray and pour macaroni mixture into the dish. Bake for 30-45 minutes or until golden brown. Top with additional cheese, if desired.

Recipe courtesy Paula Deen

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By Anonymous on November 26, 2013


When are you coming back on tv. for good.

By Cheryl on November 04, 2013


This looks exactly like what I was searching for! A good, non-creamy yet very flavorful southern mac and cheese! Thank you, Paula! I love you and pray you will come out of all of your troubles very soon! You are the very best!!!!!

By Marilyn Sloper on August 17, 2013


I think the 6 eggs called for is a misprint. this same recipe on calls for 3 eggs. All portions of other ingredients are the same as this one.

By Anonymous on August 17, 2013


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By Patricia Crayton on March 03, 2013


The best I've ever had. Period!

By Paula Quillen on February 28, 2013


I just made your Mac and cheese I love it! It's better than the family recipe that my daughters family uses

By Christina haggard on January 25, 2013


I thought the 6 eggs were a bit much and added 3 and i like it drier than creamy but there wasn' enough cheese and I knew it when I put it together and I wanted to follow the recipe cheeses should be doubled a little more milk and sour cream but than thats not the lady" recipe thats my mother's

By mike on January 13, 2013


I hated this recipe and was surprised it was by Paula. It was like a egg and pasta casserole. Yuck!!!

By Felicia Wyman on October 02, 2012


Way too much egg! Not creamy at all

By Anonymous on August 27, 2012


Well I tried it with have the eggs and it seems like there is still something missing. I will keep tinkering with this recipe until I get it to the way I want it. Maybe next time I will double the cheeses, sour cream, butter and milk and Take the eggs to 2. Update will follow and a later day and time. Lol

By Janie Hazelbaker on June 05, 2012


Like some of the comments on here, I too thought this recipe has too many eggs. But, instead of saying "I'm never going to fix this dish again"! I tweeked it a little. It's in the oven right now. I used 3 eggs this time. If I still think thats to much, Well, I'll tweek it again until I get it to where I liked it. That's what recipes are for. Paula gave me her version. I tried it, Thought it had too much eggs (For me) so I tweeked it. No sense in saying "I'm Never Going To Fix This Dish Again"!

By Janie Hazelbaker on June 05, 2012


I Absolutely LOVE this recipe. I added 1/3 cup Asiago Cheese and 1/3 cup Havarti Cheese and 3 Tablespoons of Chia seed to it and increased the milk to 1 1/4 cups instead of 1 cup. And I crushed a sleeve of Ritz Crackers mixed with 1/3 grated Cheddar cheese and put on top for the last few mins of cooking.

By susan on May 24, 2012


The Ultimate Lady's Cheesy Mac & Cheese: Would this be the recipe that is served in the restaurant? I will certainly make it if this is the one. Thanks. Lisette Donovan

By Lisette Donovan on April 24, 2012


Hi Paula I plan to make this for a church dinner, and planing to feed sixty. If i double the reciepe how do i adjust the time and temperature for baking?I love your website! Thank you for sharing your awesome talent!

By Lynda Linquist on February 03, 2012


Hey Paula, Im lookin for the crock pot mac & cheese recipe I saw on your show the other day when you and bobby were cookin. thanks RoyceAnne

By Royce Kent on January 31, 2012


I usually hate when people review recipes and don't follow the exact recipe at least the first time they make it but I just HAD to review this mac and cheese recipe. I followed the basic format of the recipe except used only mild cheddar cheese and only 1 egg (i didn't have 6 eggs available). This is BY FAR the best mac and cheese recipe I've found, and i've tried A LOT, at least 20+ recipes. My boyfriend is a big fan of baked mac and cheese but none of the other recipes i've tried seemed to have enough flavor or be creamy enough but this one it and definitely doesn't disappoint!

By LearningtoCook on December 20, 2011


this was the great mac chesse we had i make it about four time a month

By marywells on November 29, 2011

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