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Paula Deen’s Macaroni and Cheese

Paula Deen’s Macaroni & Cheese can be baked in the oven or in the Slow Cooker! Made extra creamy with eggs, cream cheese, and 2 other cheeses!

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Paula Deen’s Macaroni and Cheese

If you’re looking for some delicious Southern-style Macaroni and Cheese, then look no further, this is IT!

Being a Northerner, I had never actually made mac and cheese with eggs before trying this recipe, and I have to admit, I was skeptical at first. But it adds this really creamy element to the dish that my family loves.

The ingredients are simple, it’s easy to throw together, and you can make it fully on the stove top, bake it like a casserole, or even let it cook in the Crock Pot. Let’s do it.

Ingredients

  • Elbow Macaroni
  • Unsalted Butter- You can also use salted butter and skip the salt seasoning.
  • Half and Half
  • Eggs– Used for a thicker, creamier consistency.
  • Sour Cream
  • Cheddar Cheese– Purchase a block and grate your own at home for creamiest consistency. Heluva Good! Orange Sharp Cheddar is my preferred brand, it melts really well and tastes great.
  • American Cheese– Velveeta orange packaged slices work well
  • Cream Cheese
  • Cayenne Pepper 
  • Salt/Pepper

PRO TIP: The half and half, sour cream, and cheeses should be close to room temperature prior to being added to the macaroni.

Ingredients to make Paula Deen's Mac and Cheese on a white Surface

How to Make it (Baking Method)

Boil the macaroni until al dente, according to package instructions.

Combine the melted/softened butter, half and half, eggs, sour cream, half and half, and salt/pepper/cayenne. Whisk until combined. It will be a little lumpy.

Drain the macaroni and return it to the warm pot you boiled it in.

Cream sauce and boiled macaroni to make Paula Deen's Mac and Cheese

Add the cream cheese, cheddar, and American cheese. Use a silicone spatula and stir to combine.

Cheese being added to Elbow Macaroni Noodles

Add the creamy egg mixture and stir to combine. (Paula Deen pours it over the top of the cheesy macaroni once it’s in the casserole dish, either way works.)

Cheese and cream sauce being added to Macaroni to make Mac and Cheese

Transfer to a greased 9×13 casserole dish. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

A casserole dish filled with Macaroni and Cheese before and after baking.

Macaroni and Cheese with Eggs

Southern-Style macaroni and cheese recipes such as this one may call for using eggs. The purpose of the eggs is to create a custard-like consistency. This method is used instead of creating a roux.

Be warned that some people love the eggs, and others aren’t a fan of the texture.

To skip the eggs and make this recipe with a roux:

  • Use an extra cup of half and half. (2 cups total)
  • Melt 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add 3 Tablespoons of flour and whisk until the consistency is that of a paste.
  • Slowly add 1/2 cup half and half. Whisk until combined. Gradually add the remaining 1/2 cup until combined.
  • Continue to heat, whisking occasionally for about 10 minutes to allow it to thicken.
  • Remove from heat, combine with remaining ingredients, add to warm macaroni and bake.

Make-Ahead Method

The following make-ahead tips apply to both the Oven and Crock Pot:

  • Cook the Pasta no more than Al Dente.
  • Immediately rinse the cooked pasta with cold water to halt the cooking process and rid it of extra starch.
  • Combine all remaining ingredients (minus the macaroni) in a saucepan and whisk together over medium heat until well-combined and smooth. Let it cool until it’s just warm to the touch.
  • Combine the cooled macaroni and sauce.
  • Store in the fridge for up to two days, covered.
  • Add it to a casserole dish or Crock Pot and proceed as instructed. Note that you may have to cook it a tad longer since its starting off cold.

Crock Pot Method

  • Boil the macaroni for 1-2 minutes less than instructed on package.
  • Combine the melted/softened butter, half and half, eggs, sour cream, half and half, and salt/pepper/cayenne. Whisk until combined. It will be a little lumpy.
  • Drain the pasta and return to the warm pot you boiled it in. Combine with the cream cheese, American Cheese, and cheddar.Add the creamy egg mixture and stir to combine.
  • Transfer to a lightly greased Crock Pot.
  • Heat over low heat for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally. Then switch to warm until ready to serve.

Pro Tips

  • You can also combine 1 cup of crushed Ritz crackers + 2 TBS Butter and bake that on top for the last 10 minutes.
  • If you prefer not to use all 4 eggs, you can substitute 1/4 cup half and half for every egg that you choose to leave out.

Storage

  • Let the mac and cheese cool and store it in an airtight container. Refrigerate for up to 3 days.
  •  This recipe doesn’t freeze well as the dairy tends to separate when reheated.

Cooked macaroni and cheese in a casserole dish.

 

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Paula Deen's Macaroni and Cheese

4.8 from 20 ratings
Paula Deen's Macaroni & Cheese can be baked in the oven or in the Slow Cooker! Made extra creamy with eggs, cream cheese, and 2 other cheeses!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni, *Not a pound*
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened or melted. Equal to 1/2 stick.
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 oz. cheddar cheese, grated
  • 13 slices American cheese, cut into cubes, Velveeta packaged slices work well. (equal to 8 oz.)
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened

Instructions

  • Note: The butter, half and half, sour cream, and cheeses should be close to room temperature prior to being added to the macaroni.

Oven Baked Method:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Boil the macaroni until al dente, according to package instructions.
  • Combine the melted/softened butter, half and half, eggs, sour cream, and salt/pepper/cayenne. Whisk until combined. It will be a little lumpy.
  • Drain the macaroni and return it to the warm pot you boiled it in. Add the cream cheese, cheddar, and American cheese. Use a silicone spatula and stir to combine.
  • Add the creamy egg mixture and stir to combine. (Paula Deen pours it over the top of the cheesy macaroni once it's in the casserole dish, I like to mix with the macaroni first.)
  • Transfer to a greased 9x13 casserole dish. Bake for 40-45 minutes.
  • Let it stand for 10 minutes prior to serving.

Crock Pot Method:

  • Cook the macaroni for 1-2 minutes less than instructed on package so the macaroni doesn't become mushy.
  • Combine the melted/softened butter, half and half, eggs, sour cream, half and half, and salt/pepper/cayenne. Whisk until combined. It will be a little lumpy.
  • Drain the macaroni and return it to the warm pot you boiled it in. Add the cream cheese, cheddar, and American cheese. Use a silicone spatula and stir to combine.
  • Add the creamy egg mixture and stir to combine.
  • Transfer to a lightly greased Crock Pot. Heat on low for 2-3 hours hours, then switch to warm, and serve! Stir occasionally as it cooks if you're able.

Notes

Make-Ahead Method For Baked OR Crock Pot Mac and Cheese:

  • Cook the Pasta no more than Al Dente.
  • Immediately rinse the cooked pasta with cold water to halt the cooking process and rid it of extra starch.
  • Combine all remaining ingredients in a saucepan and whisk together over medium heat until well-combined and smooth. Let it cool until it's just warm to the touch.
  • Combine the cooled macaroni and sauce.
    Store in the fridge for up to two days, covered.
Add it to a casserole dish or Crock Pot and proceed as instructed. Note that you may have to cook it a tad longer since its starting off cold.

Using Eggs in Macaroni and Cheese

Southern-Style macaroni and cheese recipes such as this one typically call for using eggs. The purpose of the eggs is to create a custard-like consistency. This method is used instead of creating a roux. 
Be warned that some people love the eggs, and others aren't a fan of the texture.
To skip the eggs and make this recipe with a roux:
  • Use an additional cup of half and half to make 2 cups total.
  • Melt 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add 3 Tablespoons of flour and whisk until the consistency is that of a paste.
  • Slowly add 1/2 cup half and half. Whisk until combined. Gradually add the remaining 1/2 cup until combined.
  • Continue to heat, whisking occasionally for about 10 minutes to allow it to thicken.
  • Remove from heat, combine with remaining ingredients, add to warm macaroni and bake.

You can also combine 1 cup of crushed Ritz crackers + 2 TBS Butter and bake that on top for the last 10 minutes

If you don't have unsalted butter, you can use salted butter and skip the salting step.

Nutrition

Calories: 472kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 19g, Fat: 37g, Saturated Fat: 22g, Cholesterol: 189mg, Sodium: 946mg, Potassium: 190mg, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 1260IU, Vitamin C: 0.4mg, Calcium: 579mg, Iron: 1mg

Recipe Source: PaulaDeen

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99 comments on “Paula Deen’s Macaroni and Cheese”

  1. How many people will this recipe feed?

  2. Do you have to cook the macaroni before throwing it in the Crockpot or can you use uncooked macaroni?

  3. Didn’t see a serving size to determine how much I need if doubled etc.?

  4. Something went wrong with mines, all the whisk ingredients stayed on top of the macaroni. I can’t figure out where I went wrong. So I cook the entire box of 16oz elbow macaroni noodles? I feel like I didn’t have enough noodles or maybe didn’t cook them long enough. Any suggestions? Thanks

    • Hi Shirley, you cooked the elbow macaroni first, before combining them with the whisked ingredients, right? There is a video on this recipe that shows you how to make it, maybe if you review that it will help you see what may have gone wrong? I haven’t had anyone experience this issue before. 😢

    • I had the same issue. Tastes ok, not great. It’s like the eggs just kind of scrambled. I’ll try it again and see what happens.

      • Hi Mary! I’ve updated the instructions based on some additional recipe testing. Basically you just combine all of the ingredients with the warm macaroni instead of pouring the eggs, etc. on top of the macaroni and baking straight from there. I hope this helps! -Stephanie

  5. Very tasty. I’ll make it again because my family loved it. I have always been a Paula Deen fan so that made it even better.

  6. I am making this to put in the freezer and pull out later for a party. Should I cook the dish all the way through or freeze uncooked.

    • Hi Mary, I didn’t test out how to prepare this as an entire casserole to freeze for later. I would recommend if possible, preparing it two days ahead of time and refrigerating. I would otherwise try to freeze it prior to baking, let it thaw overnight in the refrigerator, and then bake it as instructed. Good luck! 🙌🏻

  7. This may sound stupid but are you supposed to shred the cheese and then measure out 8oz or buy a block of cheese and put the whole thing in? 

  8. What are the cheeses in the picture? I’m guessing the orange one is the cheddar? what is the white shredded one?

  9. I put more butter Double what Paula uses ! And the 4 eggs make it good

  10. I only used 3 eggs instead of 4 that in called for.

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