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The Best Oven-Baked Macaroni and Cheese Ever

This is the best southern baked macaroni and cheese recipe with eggs ever!

When I was growing up my mother usually had one day a week, every week, that was her time. 

Homemade oven-baked macaroni pie ready to be served in a blue Pioneer woman pie plate

On that day, my dad took care of dinner one of his favorite recipes (his to cook, mine to eat!) was southern-style macaroni and cheese.

This family recipe for homemade macaroni and cheese was in my Dad's stash of main dish easy recipes and now it's is mine as well. If serving as a main dish it pairs well with my Mom's creamy cucumber salad and if serving as an easy side dish it is delicious served with slow cooker meatloaf.

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📋Ingredient Checklist

Box of elbow macaroni, bowl of 4 eggs in shells, package of Colby Jack Shredded Cheese, and two blocks of Colby Jack cheese on a brown cutting board
  • Elbow macaroni
  • Butter
  • Cubed cheese
  • Shredded cheese
  • Eggs
  • Whole milk
  • Heavy cream
  • Salt and black pepper

See recipe card for quantities and full recipe.

Colby jack cheese block being cubes on a wooden cutting board

🍴 Instructions

Heat oven to 350 degrees and grease 9 x 13 inch casserole dish.

Cook elbow macaroni to al dente following directions on the package.  Drain.

3 eggs being beaten with a wire whisk in a glass measuring cup
Milk being added to glass measuring cup with 3 beaten eggs in it
Homemade oven-baked macaroni and cheese - eggs and milk

Combine beaten eggs, milk and heavy cream in a separate bowl and set aside.

layer of cooked elbow macaroni in a prepared glass baking dish
butter topping first layer of macaroni in a glass baking pan

Place one-half of the macaroni noodles on the bottom of the prepared baking dish.

Homemade oven-baked macaroni and cheese - first layers in glass baking dish
Homemade oven-baked macaroni and cheese - sprinkle with half of the shredded cheese
Milk, heavy cream, and egg mixture being poured over cooked macaroni, butter and cheese cubes

Top with half the butter, half the cubed cheese, and half the shredded cheese.

Gently pour in half of the milk and egg mixture and sprinkle with half of the salt and pepper.

Homemade oven-baked macaroni and cheese - second layer of cooked elbow macaroni
Homemade oven-baked macaroni and cheese - second layer of butter
Homemade oven-baked macaroni and cheese - second layer of cubed Colby Jack Cheese
Homemade oven-baked macaroni and cheese - final layer close up

Repeat the above layering the macaroni, butter, and cheeses for the top layer and add what's left of the milk and egg mixture.  Sprinkle with remaining salt and pepper.

Homemade oven-baked macaroni and cheese - top layer of shredded cheese

Place in preheated oven and bake for 40 to 50 minutes until top is golden brown.

Homemade oven-baked macaroni and cheese - fresh out of the oven vertical

Remove from oven and let sit about 10 to 15 minutes before cutting into generous cubes or spoon out and serve.

The Best Oven-Baked Diner Style Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

This is a great recipe and is a crowd pleaser that's easy to double for leftovers the next day or another meal to share.

Substitutions

  • Best cheeses and different types of cheese - Use your favorite cheese or blend of cheese for this particular recipe such as mild cheddar cheese, extra-sharp cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese, Monterey jack, or pepper jack cheese to name a few.

Variations

  • Make this a macaroni pie by simply baking it in a pretty pie plate rather than a casserole dish.

⏲️ Equipment

13 x 9 inch baking dish, wire whisk, measuring cups, spatula

💭 Top Tip

This may be a bit jiggly and not fully set when you remove it from the oven. Don't get tempted to put it back in and risk overbaking it at this point. It will firm up as it cools down so allow it to cool for about 10 to 15 minutes. The wait will be worth it.

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If you click on the number of servings in the recipe card below ⬇️ you can adjust the measurements up or down for the exact number of servings you need.

Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe with Eggs

This is the best southern baked macaroni and cheese recipe ever! This family recipe for homemade macaroni and cheese was in my Dad's stash of main dish easy recipes and now it's one of mine as well.
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Homemade oven-baked macaroni and cheese fresh out of the oven in blue Pioneer Woman pie plate.
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:50 mins
Resting Time:10 mins
Total Time:1 hr 10 mins

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cooked elbow macaroni cooked according to package directions; 8 ounce package
  • 4 tablespoons butter cut up
  • 2 cups Colby jack or cheddar cheese cubed
  • 8 ounce shredded cheese Colby jack or cheddar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 2 ½ cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees and grease baking dish.
  • Cook elbow macaroni to al dente following directions on package.  Drain when cooked.
  • Combine beaten eggs, milk, salt, and black pepper, and set aside.
  • Place one-half of the macaroni on the bottom of the baking dish.
  • Top with half the butter, half the cubed cheese and half the shredded cheese.
  • Gently pour in half of the milk, half of the heavy cream, and the beaten eggs.
  • Repeat the above layering the macaroni, butter, and cheeses and add what's left of the milk, cream, and beaten eggs.
  • Place in preheated oven and bake for 40 to 50 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let sit about 10 to 15 minutes before cutting into generous cubes or spoon out and serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 549kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 179mg | Sodium: 641mg | Potassium: 243mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1345IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 491mg | Iron: 1mg
Servings: 8
Calories: 549kcal
Author: Mary Beth
Cost: $12.00

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The Best Oven-Baked Diner Style Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

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4 Comments

  1. it does look very good! i saved the recipe. thank you!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much for letting me know, Diane! I would love to hear how you like it if you do decide to make it. Have a wonderful weekend.

  2. Yum! It would not last long around here!