Homemade Macaroni & Cheese

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Homemade Macaroni & Cheese

My Homemade Macaroni & Cheese is a staple around our house for the holidays.


One of my family’s favorite side dishes for any holiday has always been my Homemade Macaroni & Cheese. In fact this recipe gets made several times throughout the year for various holidays, like Thanksgiving, Easter and Fourth of July. Occasionally, I will make it for Christmas but only if we are having Honey Baked Ham.Macaroni & Cheese JENRON DESIGNS The other  great thing about this recipe is that you can make it a gluten free option just by your choice of noodles that you use. We are very lucky to not have many gluten issues in our family, but if you do you can always substitute in a gluten free pasta option. It you are lactose intolerant you may be able to exchange out the cheese for nut cheese options, use lactose free yogurts in place of the sour cream, and Lactaid cottage cheese.

Homemade Mac & Cheese JENRON DESIGNS
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5 from 17 votes

Homemade Macaroni & Cheese

The perfect side dish
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Pasta
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 12 people
Calories 450kcal
Author Jennifer Gainer


  • Stock Pot
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Whisk
  • 13 x 9 Baking Dish


  • 1 cup Elbow Macaroni uncooked, you will need to pre boil your pasta first
  • 6 cup Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese shredded, reserve 2 cups for topping (Tillamook farmhouse style is perfect)
  • 1 Egg
  • 8 oz Sour Cream
  • 16 oz Cottage Cheese
  • 1 tsp Seasoned Salt Penzy's Seasoned Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 tbsp Half & Half


  • Pre cook your elbow macaroni noodles
  • Crack egg and whisk in a bowl with salt, pepper and half & half
  • Combine sour cream, cottage cheese, egg mixture and 4 cups of cheese in baking dish
  • Stir in macaroni noodles and top with remaining cheese
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minute to an hour


This recipe has had several renditions: from adding crushed Cheetos, Panko, or Ritz Crackers on top. When my nephews were little boys they absolutely loved that I made it with the crushed Cheetos on top and could eat there weight in the stuff. I honestly think it was because it had crushed up junk food on top which made it even more appealing.

Then there is my smoked grilling variety where I stir in fresh jalapeños, smoked paprika and Jack Cheese and top with French Fried Jalapeños and smoke on the Green Egg. Macaroni & Cheese JENRON DESIGNSI have even done a 5 cheese version which is perfect after the holidays to use up my leftover cheeses from the holiday Charcuterie board. I found that the best flavor combinations were Sharp Cheddar, Colby Jack, Parmesan, Swiss and Goat cheese. The recipes stays the same, you just need to keep the amount of cheese the same even if you have other varieties.  Macaroni & Cheese JENRON DESIGNSWhich ever variety you choose, I know you will love this rich and creamy side dish just as much as my family does. This also pairs nicely as a side with my Mama’s Homemade Meatloaf Recipe, which is makes a great Sunday dinner especially with a side of green beans.

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  1. I will be tripling this recipe for my family dinner night this coming weekend. Love mac and cheese!

  2. Jazmine

    5 stars
    Droolworthy! Can’t wait to try this recipe! Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. This looks so yummy! I am in love with the cute way you served them in the little custard dishes!

  4. 5 stars
    I love love macaroni and cheese grew up on it. However my tastes buds have evolved so I’m always looking for an adult version lol this looks so good. Thank you for sharing, I’ll be trying it soon.

  5. 5 stars
    Oh wow, I wouldn’t be able to eat this, but it sure does look good! Nothing like some good comfort food!

    -Madi xo |

  6. This looks so good! Perfect for a holiday party, right?!

  7. Yum!!! Mac and cheese is my favorite!

  8. Maryvivian

    Oh wow! I’m actually salivating, cannot wait to try this. Thanks for sharing.

  9. 5 stars
    Looks delish! I haven’t had mac and cheese in a long time but I’m hoping to indulge in the fall!

  10. Shar

    Hot melted cheese with macaroni is one of my favourites! Great idea for a cozy dinner at home.

  11. Karletta

    You make everything divine. Even the cheese dripping down the pots looks delicious!

  12. I love your presentation having them oozing out of those little cups. Such a great addition to a holiday meal.

  13. Tisha

    5 stars
    Homemade macaroni and cheese is always the best and my favorite! You get to decide how cheesy you want it!

  14. Amber Myers

    5 stars
    Yum, thank you. I have been looking for a delicious mac and cheese recipe!

  15. 5 stars
    We all love Mac & Cheese at our home! My teen makes the best one, I will def try your recipe now

  16. 5 stars
    I can’t get over how gooey this recipe looks! I can’t wait to try it.

  17. Viano

    5 stars
    Yaaas! It does look rich and creamy. I look forward to trying this out.

  18. Digitaldaybook

    5 stars
    Homemade Mac and cheese always hits different and the presentation of this one is just on point!

  19. Karletta

    5 stars
    My gosh … you weave magic into macaroni cheese. I need to sign up for some domestic goddess classes with you

  20. 5 stars
    Homemade mac and cheese is simply the best! I haven’t made it in forever but I am totally craving it now!

  21. 5 stars
    Oh, we love mac & cheese! They look so yummy!

  22. 5 stars
    Who doesn’t love mac and cheese? I can cook it all year round for my kids. Your homemade version is worth a try. I wonder what would sour cream and cottage cheese would taste like.

  23. 5 stars
    The cottage cheese surprised me but I bet it’s delicious!!

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