Southern-Style Spicy Macaroni and Cheese

This is Southern-style Macaroni and Cheese that has little pieces of cheese in it.
Southern-Style Spicy Macaroni and Cheese

Southern-Style Spicy Macaroni and Cheese

Southern-style spicy macaroni and cheese – it has white cheddar, spicy from pepper jack cheese, and a little tang from the buttermilk. An egg forms a lovely custard suspending the pasta and cheese together. It’s very cheesy and rich, so it’s perfect for a holiday or other celebration.

My grandparents came from Texas. When I was 15, my mother died and I moved in with my grandparents and aunt. My grandmother made Southern-style macaroni and cheese, and I loved it. I loved it because it wasn’t very creamy and there were pieces of cheese mixed in like little treasures.

For years and years, I tried to replicate that macaroni and cheese, but I just couldn’t get it right. My grandmother and aunt had both passed and there was no Internet or Google. Cookbooks were also of no help. Mind you, I make good creamy-style macaroni and cheese, too, but I was really craving this type of dish, especially after I went to Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles and had some.

A Trip to South Carolina for Southern-style spicy macaroni and cheese

Then I lucked out on the way back from seeing my cousin in South Carolina.  The Columbia airport had a little food court and one of the places had barbecued pork and mac and cheese.  That very day, there was a recipe in the New York Times for Southern-Style Macaroni and Cheese. I was determined when I got home to try their recipe. Sadly, our cheese box was a little low and all we had was white cheddar and pepper jack cheese. It turned out great.  The combination of white cheddar and pepper jack cheese was perfect. Really, you have to try that sometime.

This is now my favorite way to make Mac and Cheese.  I really feel like my grandmother is standing over my shoulder smiling at me when I make Southern-style Spicy Macaroni and Cheese.  I love you, Nana!

Southern-Style Spicy Macaroni and Cheese

Southern Pepper Jack Macaroni and Cheese

This is Southern-style Macaroni and Cheese that has little pieces of cheese in it.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Resting Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Course: Side, Side Dish
Cuisine: American South
Difficulty: Easy
Newsletter: 2019-12-30
Servings: 8
Calories: 414kcal

Equipment

3-quart casserole
Colander

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups Buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/8 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire
  • 2 cups white cheddar, grated
  • 1 cup Pepper Jack cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees. Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil. Add macaroni and cook according to package directions until a little under al dente, about 4 minutes. Drain it and have it standing by.
  • While that is happening, in a large bowl, whisk buttermilk, mustard, Worcestershire, and the egg. Add about a third of the cheeses.
    Southern-Style Spicy Macaroni and Cheese
  • Butter a 3-quart casserole dish.
  • Melt the butter in a small pan or the microwave.
  • Put half of the macaroni in the bottom of the dish, spread out evenly.
    Southern-Style Spicy Macaroni and Cheese
  • Put a third of the cheeses on top of the macaroni.
    Southern-Style Spicy Macaroni and Cheese
  • Top with the remaining macaroni.
    Southern-Style Spicy Macaroni and Cheese
  • Pour the buttermilk mixture over and pat it so that all the pasta and cheese is covered.
    Southern-Style Spicy Macaroni and Cheese
  • Put the rest of the cheese on top.
    Southern-Style Spicy Macaroni and Cheese
  • Sprinkle with a generous layer of breadcrumbs.
    Southern-Style Spicy Macaroni and Cheese
  • Pour the melted butter over the breadcrumbs as evenly as possible.
    Southern-Style Spicy Macaroni and Cheese
  • Cover and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the cover and bake for another 15 minutes or until the top is nicely browned.
  • Let the casserole sit for about 5 to 10 minutes to fully set and rest before serving.

Notes

You can change the cheddar to yellow cheddar and change the pepper jack to Monterey jack if you wish. Adapted from the New York Times.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Southern Pepper Jack Macaroni and Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 414 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 90mg30%
Sodium 398mg17%
Potassium 276mg8%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 19g38%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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