Southern Comfort Food: 12 Homemade Macaroni and Cheese Recipes

By: Kaitlin Weiler, Editor,

Secret Ingredient Stove-Top Macaroni and CheeseAnyone is who is a child at heart knows how satisfying a bowl of ooey and gooey macaroni and cheese can be. Rich, decadent, and creamy mac and cheese is the epitome of Southern comfort food, and this collection, Southern Comfort Food: 12 Homemade Macaroni and Cheese Recipes, will help you bring that comfort to your own kitchen table.

Each of the following macaroni and cheese recipes is quick and easy to prepare. Many of these recipes are also lighter and healthier than you might expect, so you can feel good about feeding these dishes to your loved ones. Even if you have only ever made macaroni and cheese from a box, you will able to conquer these comforting recipes. We hope you enjoy this collection of Southern Comfort Food: 12 Homemade Macaroni and Cheese Recipes.

Southern Comfort Classics: Homemade Macaroni and Cheese Recipes

Southern Comfort Food: 12 Homemade Macaroni and Cheese Recipes

Bacon and Pea Macaroni and CheeseMomma's Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Bacon and Pea Macaroni and Cheese (pictured above, left) – Both kids and adults will be clamoring to gobble up this easy macaroni and cheese recipe. Crispy bacon and sweet peas make this dish heartier than your typical mac and cheese. The yogurt-based sauce is rich and creamy without being too heavy.

Creamiest Mac and Cheese – This no-frills, no-fuss recipe for mac and cheese is the perfect go-to macaroni recipe. Pasta is combined with an easy cheese sauce and ten topped with a layer of shredded cheese before getting baked to golden brown perfection.

Creamy and Comfy Mac and Cheese – Curling up with a bowl of this creamy and comforting mac and cheese is sure to cure whatever ails you. This quick and easy recipe combines Cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese, and heavy cream for a sauce that will luxuriously coat all of the noodles. Make this stove-top recipe whenever you are stressed or pressed for time.

For more comfort food favorites, download a free, printable copy of The Ultimate Guide to Southern Comfort Food.

Homemade Stove-Top Macaroni and Cheese – Step away from the blue box! This simple and comforting recipe will help you recreate your favorite childhood meal without preservatives, artificial color, and powdered cheese. Three different cheeses give this recipe its great flavor and natural color.

Jambalaya Macaroni and Cheese – This hybrid macaroni and cheese recipe is sure to tantalize your taste buds. Celery, bell pepper, onion, celery, sausage, and Cajun spices give this cheesy pasta dish all of the great flavor that you expect from a traditional jambalaya recipe. These ingredients are tossed with pasta and simple cheese sauce before being baked in the oven until golden brown. This dish offers the perfect combination of Cajun flavor and cheesy comfort.

Momma's Baked Macaroni and Cheese (pictured above, right)– There is nothing better than a pan of macaroni and cheese just like Momma used to make. This baked macaroni and cheese recipe is just like the macaroni and cheese of your childhood. As an added bonus, this simple recipe only requires five simple ingredients.

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I don't think I've had baked mac and cheese before. Maybe I'll try one of these recipes.

Mac and cheese is a classic dish, so I'm looking to forward to trying these cheesy recipes with a twist!

So many ways to make mac and cheese! I can't resist a good bowl so I better get to the gym before I start these recipes!

If you add red pepper and tomatoes to these recipes they are sooo good and give it a little extra flavor.

Mac and Cheese is probably one of my favorite meals and these are making my mouth water. I've heard pimento cheese is to die for so I can't wait to try that recipe!

That bacon and pea mac n cheese looks great. I think I'll add some spinach, too!

One of my favorite comfort foods of all time. Great to see this variation!

I'm getting so hungry! These all look so creamy and gooey...I'm not sure which to try first!


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