Comfort Food 101: Southern Style Mac & Cheese Recipe

This cooler time of year requires hearty, satisfying, stick-to-your-ribs kind of meals. What better way to warm up than a delicious plate of comfort food? From Grandma Holtkamp’s Pot Roast with a Twist to my Baked Spinach Dip, comfort food often features family recipes passed down from previous generations or shared amongst friends.

A family friend shared their grandmother’s delicious recipe for Southern Style Macaroni & Cheese. You’ll find many different ways to make mac & cheese, quite possibly the ultimate comfort food, but this super simple recipe features elbow macaroni with sharp cheddar cheese and a fluffy egg custard with a crispy, browned top.

They’ve enjoyed this recipe in their family for years, and I hope you’ll enjoy it too!

Southern Style Macaroni & Cheese


16oz Box of Mueller’s elbow pasta
16oz New York Sharp Cheddar Cheese (freshly grated is best)
2 Eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
Salt and Pepper
Dash (or two!) of Hot Sauce (Holtkamp Heatwave hot sauce, or your favorite)


Bring pot of water to a rolling boil. Add salt.
Add box of pasta – stir to separate and boil for 7-8 minutes.
Drain pasta and add to the grated cheese.
Mix and add salt and pepper and put in buttered 2 quart deep baking dish.
Beat 2 eggs and add to milk – add dash(es) of hot sauce and pour over pasta and cheese.
Make sure it comes to the top, but don’t put too much. (direct quote from grandma!)
Finish off with a few dabs of butter and bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes until the top is browned.

This cheesy comfort food is the perfect side with a few slices of sweet ham or pork tenderloin, but it really pairs well with almost anything.

Give this easy recipe a try, and I bet it will become one of your family’s favorites as well. Enjoy!

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