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Creamy Baked Macaroni and Cheese

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This Creamy Baked Macaroni and Cheese recipe is the perfect combination of flavor and creaminess. This is the recipe to use when making that big casserole of macaroni and cheese for the Holidays. 

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If you were wondering what side you should make and bring to Thanksgiving this year look no further. It’s this creamy baked macaroni and cheese recipe. As a matter of fact, don’t even wait that long to make this homemade creamy baked macaroni and cheese.

Make it now, thank me later. If you do decide to make it, perhaps for dinner, why not try it along with these Easy Baked Chicken Wings and wash it down with this Peach Sweet Tea & Rum for that Southern feel.

This recipe comes courtesy of Elgin. Thanks Elgin! Here’s a little back story…Two years ago, a friend of mine, Sally, had a beach getaway for her hubby, Lou, where we were all invited to stay at this lovely beach house on the outer banks.

Sally invited her friends which included me and hubby, and Lou invited his friends, which included Elgin and his wife, among other friends. The things that happened that weekend are for another post…or maybe I’ll never tell because what happens at the beach house, stays at the beach house.

Ok, back to this mac and cheese. So apparently one night, Elgin makes this baked creamy macaroni and cheese and everyone in the house gets some…except for me. Why not you may ask? Well they claim I was drunk…or asleep. I don’t believe it, I just think the greedies in the house didn’t want to share. hmmmpph. So I got none of this macaroni and cheese but I heard enough about it the entire weekend to imagine how delicious it was.

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Fast forward to a year later and my friend put together another event for her hubby. This time, everyone pretty much demands that Elgin makes this baked macaroni and cheese. This time, I for sure was going to get me a plate. Get me a plate I did and I had about 4 servings that night of this macaroni and cheese.

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This macaroni and cheese was so creamy and delicious, it reminded me of stove top….but it was baked! Yall, I have had so much dry and bad baked macaroni in my life that I usually run when I see it.

But this macaroni was so creamy and cheesy and gooey that it was love…all love! It as so good that I begged and pleaded with Elgin for the recipe. Just kidding! I asked once and he was like “sure, let me write it down” and his wife even got the pen and paper. Seriously, if it were me, I don’t know if I’d share. hmm…thinking of hitting the delete button on this post…just kidding.

I hope you all enjoy this oooey goooey creamy baked macaroni and cheese recipe. I will go ahead and go on record and say that this is the BEST baked macaroni and cheese recipe I have ever had. No more of that dry baked macaroni and cheese…Come on over to the creamy side.

Notes on Creamy Baked Macaroni and Cheese

  • The original recipe for this macaroni and cheese recipe comes from Patti Labelle. She is a beast in the kitchen so no surprise that it’s so good. Elgin did make modifications by doubling the cheese and substituting whipping cream for half&half.
  • I modified the recipe as well by creating a crunchy topping, increasing the heat by 25 degrees. I also subbed colbyjack/monterey cheese for just monterey.  Feel free to leave the panko topping off if you choose but I feel it’s a must in a baked macaroni and cheese recipe.
  • This recipe has 5 types of cheese. Yes, 5 different kinds of cheese. The amount of cheese will scare you at first but believe me, it’s necessary and makes this dish delicious.
  • Is this recipe healthy? Probably not…but who cares because…CHEEEEEEEESE.
  • I’d recommend keeping the cheeses the same as stated…even the velveeta. The beauty of this is that all the cheese melts and taste perfectly. There is a science to melting cheese.

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Southern Candied Sweet Potatoes

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You can also use this leftover macaroni and cheese to make these Air Fried Macaroni and Cheese Balls recipe. 

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Creamy Baked Macaroni and Cheese

This Creamy Baked Macaroni and Cheese recipe is the only baked macaroni cheese recipe you will need. It’s the combination of different cheeses that makes this a crowd favorite. 
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword creamy baked macaroni and cheese
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8
Author Tanya


  • 1 lb elbow macaroni
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • 8 oz mild cheddar cheese
  • 8 oz sharp cheddar cheese
  • 8 oz monterey jack cheese
  • 8 oz Muenster cheese
  • 8 oz velveeta cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 stick of butter unsalted
  • 1 teaspoon creole seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 3 Tbs butter unsalted


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    Prepare macaroni following instructions on the box. (Add 1 Tbsp oil and 1 tsp salt to 4 cups water and bring to boil. Cook to al dente.). Drain and Set aside.
    Meanwhile, shred mild cheddar, sharp cheddar, monterery jack, and Muenster cheese. Mix shredded cheese in bowl and remove 1 cup of cheese and set aside. Cut Velveeta cheese into small pieces and mix with the other cheese.
    Cut butter into small pieces (leaving one small piece to the side) and add to hot drained noodles and stir.
    Coat a 3qt glass casserole dish with a small piece of butter and set aside.
    Add eggs and cream to a cup and stir. Add to hot butter macaroni and stir. Add cheese, creole seasoning, salt and stir to combine.
    Pour mixture into casserole dish and spread out.
    Melt 3 TBsp butter and stir in 1 cup panko breadcrumbs. Add 1 cup of cheese and stir. Sprinkle over the top of the macaroni.
    Bake in preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, until bubbly.
    Remove from oven and allow to cool. Enjoy 


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Wednesday 17th of November 2021

Thinking about making this recipe for Thanksgiving. Can I prepare it the day before and keep it in the fridge and cook it on Thanksgiving day? Or will the wet ingredients soak up in the noodles?


Wednesday 17th of November 2021

Hi Darlene, the wet ingredients would likely soak up the noodles. I'd likely prep by shredding the cheese and cooking the noodles the day before. Then combine all the ingredients before baking the next day.

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Lynn Jackson

Wednesday 27th of January 2021

Made this last night and it was amazing!!!! Had to substitute and used 1 cup whipping cream and 1 cup half & half since that's what I had in the house. Also used a cheddar/Gruyere blend for the mild cheddar. This is our new favorite mac n cheese recipe!


Tuesday 19th of January 2021

Made this last night, and in my goddess it's amazing!! Had trouble finding the Muenster so eventually got it from the deli counter, but was given smoked muenster, and I will definitely use it again, and again! That little bit of smoky flavor was perfect!