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Easy Southern Mac and Cheese

Everybody loves macaroni and cheese!  This recipe is the best because there are only 4 simple ingredients.  Elbow macaroni, shredded cheese, milk, and butter.  Sometimes, the simplest recipes are the best!
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 357kcal
Author Anne Clark


  • 2-¼ cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese (divided)
  • salt and pepper, if desired


  • Preheat oven to 375F.
  • In a large pot, cook the macaroni according to the package directions. Then, drain in a colander. Return pasta to the pot.
  • Add the butter to the hot pasta and stir until butter is melted. Then add the milk.
  • Add 2-½ cups of cheddar cheese to the pasta mixture, and stir well. Pour the mac and cheese into a casserole dish, top with ½ cup cheese, and bake at 375F for 5-10 minutes or until hot and bubbly.


This recipe can easily be doubled and baked in a 9x13-inch casserole dish.  To reheat cold mac and cheese, add a tablespoon of milk, stir, then warm in the microwave.
Store any leftovers in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


Serving: 4.8oz | Calories: 357kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 431mg | Potassium: 124mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 849IU | Calcium: 447mg | Iron: 1mg