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Macaroni and Cheese

grandma and me Hey, that’s not a picture of Macaroni and Cheese.  No, that’s “Grandma” and me.  She’s not really my grandma, she’s my children’s Grandma (my husband’s mom).  I call her “Grandma” because when my husband and I first married we struggled with what to call each other’s parents.  Being brought up in the South, we didn’t feel right about calling them by their first names. “Mom and Dad” seemed not quite right since we both already had a “Mom and Dad”.  So, when we had our first child it was settled! We would call them whatever our children called them.  I’d like you to meet “Grandma”.

What does she have to do with Mac & Cheese?  Plenty! And many more of our family’s favorite recipes. This recipe was passed down to her from her mom and it’s been a family favorite for generations.

It does take some time, but I boil the noodles ahead, either earlier in the day or even the day before, and put them in the “fridge”.  That saves TONS of time.

Now for the name.  After eating this mac & cheese for dinner, we were talking about it and realized that since our girls also know how to make this, that they are at least the Fourth Generation to use this recipe.  No doubt, it will be treasured for generations to come.

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It’s more than a recipe…..It’s a legacy!

Here the Recipe:

It makes A LOT.  These amounts are for a smaller dish (as shown)  but you can easily make more for large groups.

  • 4 cups (cooked) elbow noodles. Make sure you salt the water good when cooking.
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese (sharp works best)
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 eggs
  • pepper
  • butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

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Put half the noodles in an glass baking dish.  Layer with half the cheese.  Repeat.

In a separate bowl mix eggs and milk. (Shortcut: Just add the eggs to the measuring cup and mix there. That’s one less dish to wash)

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Pour milk mixture over the noodles and cheese.  Be careful not to overflow.

Place pats of butter or margarine on top.  

Sprinkle with pepper and bake.

I recommend putting a baking sheet underneath, just in case it overflows.  

Check it after about 30-40 minutes but it may take an hour or so – it just depends on the depth of your baking dish.  It should be firm in the center when done.  If the top is getting too brown before it’s done, just put a piece of tin foil over it to finish baking.

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Four Generations of YUM!

This post featured by FoodySchoomdy in the Mac & Cheese Round-up!

Macaroni and Cheese
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Ingredients
  1. 4 cups (cooked) elbow noodles. Make sure you salt the water good when cooking.
  2. 2 cups cheddar cheese (sharp works best)
  3. 2 cups milk
  4. 2 eggs
  5. pepper
  6. butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Put half the noodles in an glass baking dish. Layer with half the cheese. Repeat.
  3. Pour milk mixture over the noodles and cheese. Be careful not to overflow.
  4. Place pats of butter or margarine on top.
  5. Sprinkle with pepper and bake.
  6. I recommend putting a baking sheet underneath, just in case it overflows.
  7. Check it after about 30-40 minutes but it may take an hour or so - it just depends on the depth of your baking dish. It should be firm in the center when done. If the top is getting too brown before it's done, just put a piece of tin foil over it to finish baking.
Notes
  1. Shortcut: Just add the eggs to the measuring cup and mix there. That's one less dish to wash
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12 Responses

  1. Iris Torculas

    Hi Danita,

    I’m so encouraged by the “what’s in the name?” and bookmarked your blog in my computer. I agree with what you wrote there and hoping that I will soon be able to start my own blog as well, as soon as God answers my prayer for a laptop.

    I am excited to try this recipe of yours since just last week my son is asking me to make Mac-and-cheese. And since I am not sure of how to do it I delayed it for awhile. Good thing I was able to see your blog and now I can try your legacy recipe.

    Thank you so much for this.

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  5. Elaine

    Actually my grandmother, which the boys called Ma Tompkins, taught my mother how to make this. We had a joke in our family when we were growing up. One day Grandma(Ma Tompkins) made mac and cheese. My brother Grant looked around the table and said, “Where is the meat.” My grandmother pointed to the mac and cheese and said, “That takes the place of meat”. From then on when we had mac and cheese Grant would always say, “Please pass the meat!” However, I was never able to get away with just having mac and cheese without the meat. What a blessing to see traditions continue.

  6. Dane

    I love this stuff! It is WAY better than the box-style Mac & Cheese. It is so hearty some use it as the main dish – a meat replacement – some do, but I don’t.

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