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How to Make Four Cheese Baked Macaroni

This week I’m brushing up on my cooking skills and practicing my Southern Baked Macaroni and Cheese recipe.
I love this recipe so much and the reason I need to practice is because I am not from the south. In fact, I’m the polar opposite of a southerner. I’m a northerner born and raised in New York City. I met and married my husband who is southerner to the core. He loves southern food and has the sweet  southern drawl I love. It has taken me over a decade to perfect this recipe, learning alongside the women in his family during holidays since we married. This was my year to host Christmas dinner and I want everything to be delicious.
Today I’ll show you how I make Southern Baked Macaroni and Cheese. In addition, I’m going to share some very important food safety kitchen tips.Four Cheese Baked Macaroni
Before, during and after preparing a meal wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and running water.
Always start the food prep process with a clean washcloth and use a disinfectant to clean the kitchen counters and sink area.
When cutting and prepping foods, make sure to use separate dishes and cutting boards for fresh produce and raw meat and poultry ingredients.
When storing food in the refrigerator, keep meat and poultry on a lower shelf, below produce and ready-to-eat foods. Ensure the temperature in your refrigerator is 40 degrees F or below to reduce the risk of foodborne illness.




  • 16 oz. of macaroni or penne noodles
  • 1 cup. mild cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1/4 cup. sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1/4 cup Monterrey Jack cheese (shredded)
  • 1/4 cup Colby cheese (shredded)
  • 1/2 cup of Velveeta
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • salt & pepper


1. Start by washing your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds before and after handling food. Wash your cutting boards and countertops with hot soapy water.
2. Preheat oven to 350°F.
3. Fill a large pot with 6 cups of hot water, a tablespoon of salt and bring to a boil.
4. Place macaroni into boiling water and cook for 12 minutes, remove and strain in a colander. Set aside. Return the empty pot to the stove.
5. Crack two eggs in a small bowl and mix. Wash hands with warm water and soap after handling raw eggs.
6. Place salt, pepper, butter, eggs, milk, velveeta, 1⁄2 cup mild cheddar cheese, 1⁄4 cups of sharp cheddar, Monterey Jack, and Colby cheeses into the empty pasta pot and mix over medium heat until slightly melted.
7. Return the macaroni noodles to the same pot and mix well until cheese is fully melted.
8. Pour the macaroni and cheese into a greased baking dish.
9. Bake for 30 minutes. Insert a cooking thermometer into the center of the macaroni and cheese. Continue baking until the internal temperature reaches 160°F. Then top with remaining shredded cheese and bake 5 minutes until the cheese is melted.
10. Serve immediately.
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46 thoughts on “How to Make Four Cheese Baked Macaroni

  1. Macaroni and cheese is one of my favorite dishes! I'll have to try this with the variety of cheeses!

  2. This Southern Baked Macaroni and Cheese looks incredibly delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe and tips with us! Can't wait to try!

  3. My god sister is usually the one who makes the baked mac and cheese for the holidays. I've tried her recipe and it came out great. I can't wait to try this recipe.

  4. Macaroni and cheese is one of my favorites. I've tweaked my recipe over the years and finally found one that works best for me as my go to. I can't wait to try this recipe.

  5. I remember trying this or a similar recipe one holiday season and the kids loved it. It was quite satisfying too but, I'll keep it for specials. Happy Holidays!

  6. Baked macaroni and cheese recipe sounds so delicious! I would love to try this!

  7. Mac & Cheese are any time favorites at home as we love to have them as a breakfast or dinner during weekends. Yours look more delicious and I cant wait to try it during this holiday season.

  8. My daughter would be so so happy if I made this for her. We've been looking for a good homemade mac and cheese recipe.

  9. I love mac n cheese. But I must admit, it's mostly the cheesy part that I love. This looks great, and I'm glad you emphasized food safety and handling.

  10. Pretty much the only thing my kid will eat without an argument is macaroni and cheese. This looks like something he and all of us will love!

  11. Oh my goodness, I am so making this! It looks absolutely delicious. My family LOVES mac and cheese.

  12. Oh how I miss having a working oven! I recently moved to Spain and my oven does not work. So sad! This looks amazing … I'm always a big fan of macaroni!

  13. I ADORE your blog's name. My daughter is dying to try the mac and cheese recipe with me tonight–thank you for sharing!

  14. You had me at 'four cheese!' Lactose intolerance, be darned. This looks amazing and I can't wait to have an excuse to break it out. It'll just have to be when we are hosting so I don't eat it all.

  15. What a great idea to change up Mac and Cheese a little. I never considered a quattro formaggi for this! Love it.

  16. This recipe is absolutely perfect, and a personal fave of mine too!
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  17. I have always loved baked macaroni and cheese. Since pasta and cheese are my favorite foods, it's a match made in heaven. This recipe looks so good!

  18. Yum! I absolutely love mac & cheese and this one looks amazing! And washing your hands is so important. Great reminder!

  19. This recipe is very interesting to me. I am from Boston, but I spent a number of years in San Antonio for school and now I live in Florida. I have made macaroni and cheese 100s of times, and I am truly intrigued that you did not make a roux with flour, but instead added eggs. I seriously want to try this! Looks delicious.

  20. This dish looks delicious, especially the face it's not a very strong cheese which can ruin the meal

  21. This looks insanely delicious. Seriously, you now having me craving homemade mac n' cheese in the worst way possible! lol
    erin |

  22. I don't why I always encounter posts incorporated with full of delicious food when I am hungry 😛 It takes your hunger level to the extreme and you might get obese. This is really a delicious recipe and I would love to try cooking this macaroni..thank you for a fantastic recipe.

  23. Baked mac and cheese is a favorite at our house. You've chosen some great cheeses, and I love how you didn't use Velveeta!

  24. Yummy you are talking my language mac n cheese with a cheesy crust wow! It really looks amazingly delicious.

  25. Four cheese baked macaroni?! Now, that looks amazing. Can't wait to try this recipe. Looks like it will be an absolute fave!

  26. Wait! I'm confused. Did you mix the chicken into the mac and cheese?
    I live in the south now so I feel like I should get into this! Haha 🙂

  27. I love mac and cheese and baked mac and cheese is my favorite. Thanks for sharing the recipe, I can't wait to make it.

  28. YUM! This looks delicious and I bet I could get my picky toddler to eat it. Thanks for sharing!

  29. I need to make this. This sounds perfect for the colder months. Such a comfort meal!

  30. Baked macaroni and cheese is such a great dish to make for home or to take for a potluck. I love all the cheese choice you used. This one is a keeper.

  31. Don't forget to add the milk with a little salt and pepper into the butter and cheese pot.

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