January 28, 2022

Creamy Baked Mac and Cheese

Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 35 mins
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This five cheese creamy baked mac and cheese is the BEST macaroni cheese you'll ever have. It's easy to make and comes together in under an hour. If you love a cheesy, easy, and incredibly flavorful mac and cheese, this recipe is for you!

Looking for some more soul food and comfort food recipes? Check out my Old Bay Lobster Mac and Cheese, these Buttermilk Biscuits, and don't forget to try this cornbread!

a cheese pull from a spoon

I've been keeping this recipe in my back pocket for a rainy day. It's a classic southern style macaroni and cheese recipe that's been in my family for years. Well, today it's snowing and I'm ready for it to make its debut. This creamy baked macaroni and cheese is ridiculously good.

I made this recipe for Thanksgiving last year and then again (by popular demand) for Christmas... and then all the time randomly whenever my family comes to visit!

It's creamy, has five cheeses, is perfectly seasoned, and is SO simple to make. It's the ULTIMATE comfort food!

Baked Macaroni and Cheese in a baking dish

how do you make baked mac and cheese?

Ok, this goes fast so listen up! Just kidding, it's super simple to make this baked macaroni and cheese. Like REALLY really simple. Check out the steps below:

  1. Preheat the oven and then cook macaroni/elbow pasta until it's al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. Grate the cheeses, mix them together, and add them to a large bowl.
  3. Pour in heavy cream, milk, and seasonings. Mix.
  4. Add macaroni to a 9x13 baking dish and pour cheese/milk mixture on top. Add cream cheese and sour cream and mix together again (I use my hands). Then bake for 35 minutes.

That's it. No, really, it's THAT simple. Baked Mac and Cheese in under an hour?! Yes. Get ready for an EPIC cheese pull too.

a spoonful of baked macaroni and cheese

what cheeses do you use for baked macaroni and cheese?

It took some time to get the perfect balance/combination of cheese but I finally nailed it. For this recipe, I used the five cheeses below:

what makes this dish so creamy?

It's a balancing act. Firstly, I know that there's a huge debate about using eggs in mac and cheese. The eggs are a binding agent which can make the mac and cheese kinda stiff (which is a good thing if that's your intent behind the recipe - I use eggs in my Old Bay Lobster Mac and Cheese!).

So, to keep this recipe nice and creamy, I omitted the eggs to prevent the mac and cheese from becoming hard while baking in the oven.

Also, I added liquids with the cheese to keep this baked mac and cheese nice and creamy and cheesy. I added heavy cream and milk and a little sour cream too for added texture, tang, and cream!

a spoon in a serving dish scooping food

tips for Making the perfect baked mac and cheese

  • Use block cheese and shred the cheese with a grater. Pre-shredded cheeses are drier and tend to have additives in them. This may seem like a minuscule step but it makes the world of a difference!
  • Only cook pasta until it's al dente. If you cook the pasta as per normal, it'll be too soggy when you bake it in the oven!
  • If you want a crispy top, broil the macaroni and cheese for about 2-3 minutes once it's done baking in the oven. The crispy top give it a really nice crust!
  • When boiling pasta, add salt to your water. This enhances the flavor of the pasta! Also, do not rinse your pasta while draining. You want to keep all of the flavor in!

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Creamy Baked Macaroni and Cheese

This five cheese creamy baked macaroni and cheese is the BEST macaroni cheese you'll ever have. It's easy to make and comes together in under an hour. If you love a cheesy, easy, and incredibly flavorful macaroni and cheese, this recipe is for you!
Serving: 12 servings
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 35 mins
Calories: 553kcal

Equipment

  • 9x13 baking dish

Ingredients

  • 16 oz Macaroni/Elbow Pasta
  • 1 cups Asiago cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups Mozzarella, shredded
  • 2 cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup Colby Jack, shredded
  • 2 cups Heavy Cream
  • 1 cup Whole Milk
  • 1 tbsp Thyme
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 tsp Chili Powder
  • ½ tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • ¼ tsp Nutmeg
  • ½ cup Sour cream 
  • 8 oz Cream cheese, room temperature
  • Salt and Pepper, as desired

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Boil pasta until al dente, according to package instructions. Drain pasta and set aside.
  • Combine shredded cheeses in a large bowl and then pour in heavy cream and milk on top. Add thyme, garlic powder, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and nutmeg and stir together.
  • Add macaroni to a 9x13 baking dish and pour cheese/milk mixture on top. Add sour cream and cream cheese to the baking dish and mix together until evenly distributed throughout. Season with salt and pepper as desired.
  • Bake for 35 minutes. For a browned top, broil for 2-3 minutes.

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Nutrition

Calories: 553kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 116mg | Sodium: 396mg | Potassium: 252mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1515IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 394mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Comfort Food, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American

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  1. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for this delicious baked mac and cheese recipe! I never thought to add cream cheese to it, and now that I've made yours, I will be doing this over an over again. I LOVE the addition of the Colby Jack and Asiago cheese too, wow this recipe is top notch!

  2. 5 stars
    Britney thank you so much for this recipe. I struggled to make macaroni and cheese for years, then I made this recipe and was redeemed!! I loved it, my nieces and nephews loved it, and on top of that - the five cheeses you picked compliment each other so well.

  3. 5 stars
    Nothing beats a good mac n’ cheese. This is one of the best recipes I have ever had yet. It was perfectly creamy and cheesy. I have saved this recipe for later!

  4. 5 stars
    Wow, this mac and cheese was so creamy. Really simple ingredients and easy to make. I made this for a family event and it was devoured in minutes. Will definitely be making this again.

  5. 5 stars
    Such cheesy goodness! Thank you for all the helpful tips and easy-to-follow instructions! My family could not stop raving about how good the mac and cheese was! I shared your recipe with everyone and now they want to make it too!

  6. 5 stars
    This was the creamiest mac n' cheese recipe I've ever made. My family couldn't get enough of this, Thank you for the recipe!

  7. 5 stars
    I love how easily this baked mac and cheese came together. All of the cheeses complimented each other so perfectly. I was able to squirrel some away and ate the rest for lunch today!

  8. 5 stars
    This Mac and Cheese is absolute BOMB!! It’s easy to make, especially at the last minute, if you need to wipe something up. Most definitely a 5-star dish.