This is THE best oven-baked macaroni and cheese ever!

When I was growing up my mother usually had one day a week, every week, that was her time.  She would go downtown Pittsburgh and shopped till she dropped.  Literally.  She would leave right after lunch and take the last bus home from town at night.  My dad would pick her up at the bus stop and bring her home, bags in hand.  I loved that day because often, she brought me home a little trinket, some jewelry, a piece of clothing, or something small that she knew I would like.  I also loved that day because that was the day Daddy cooked dinner.

Homemade oven-baked macaroni and cheese fresh out of the oven in blue Pioneer Woman pie plate.

My Dad was a great cook.  I especially loved when he would make his homemade macaroni and cheese.  I remember the cookbook it came from.  Little snippets of memory.  It was a camping cookbook that I wish I had.  (After writing this I found it on Etsy!).  When I saw that cookbook out on the counter I knew that it was macaroni and cheese day!

The Best Homemade Oven-Baked Diner Style Macaroni and Cheese EVER!

This mac and cheese is now a favorite of my family and when I don’t make it for a while I hear about it.

I vary my recipe just slightly from my Dad’s and it will never be the same as his (at least to me) but I would love to share it with you.

Oven-Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Homemade oven-baked macaroni and cheese - ingredients

Ingredients:

4 cups cooked elbow macaroni – 8-ounce package

4 tablespoons butter cut up

2 cups cubed Colby jack or cheddar cheese

8-ounce package of shredded cheese -Colby jack or cheddar

1/2 Tsp. salt

1/4 Tsp. pepper

3 eggs beaten

3 1/2 cups whole milk

Directions:

Heat oven to 350 degrees and grease baking dish.

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

Homemade oven-baked macaroni and cheese - beaten eggs

Homemade oven-baked macaroni and cheese - add milk to beaten eggs
Homemade oven-baked macaroni and cheese - eggs and milk

Combine beaten eggs and milk and set aside.

Homemade oven-baked macaroni and cheese - first layer cooked macaroni in greased baking dish

Place one-half of the macaroni on the bottom of the baking dish.Homemade oven-baked macaroni and cheese - butter topping first layer of macaroni

Homemade oven-baked macaroni and cheese - first half
Homemade oven-baked macaroni and cheese - sprinkle with half of the shredded cheeseTop with half the butter, half the cubed cheese, and half the shredded cheese.Homemade oven-baked macaroni and cheese - pour half of milk and egg mixture

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 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.

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

Remove from oven and let sit about 5 to 10 minutes before cutting into generous cubes or spoon out and serve.

The Best Oven-Baked Diner Style Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

I always double the recipe and bake enough for leftovers the next day, for another meal, or to share!

Now you know why I loved when my Daddy cooked dinner!

The Best Oven-Baked Macaroni and Cheese Ever
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Ingredients

4 cups cooked elbow macaroni - 8-ounce package

4 tablespoons butter cut up

2 cups cubed Colby jack or cheddar cheese

8-ounce package of shredded cheese -Colby jack or cheddar

1/2 Tsp. salt

1/4 Tsp. pepper

3 eggs beaten

3 1/2 cups whole milk

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees and grease baking dish.
  2. Cook elbow macaroni to al dente following directions on package.  Drain when cooked.
  3. Combine beaten eggs, milk, salt and pepper, and set aside.
  4. Place one-half of the macaroni on the bottom of the baking dish.
  5. Top with half the butter, half the cubed cheese and half the shredded cheese.
  6. Gently pour in half of the milk and egg mixture.
  7. Repeat the above layering the macaroni, butter, and cheeses and add what's left of the milk and egg mixture.
  8. Place in preheated oven and bake for 40 to 50 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and let sit about 5 to 10 minutes before cutting into generous cubes or spoon out and serve.
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The Best Oven-Baked Diner Style Homemade Macaroni and Cheese