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Soul Food Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Soul Food Macaroni and Cheese made with 6 different cheese. No Velvetta no eggs required.
Course Dinner
Cuisine Soul Food
Keyword Soul Food Macaroni and Cheese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Author I Heart Recipes


  • 1 lb elbow macaroni pasta uncooked
  • 1 tsp salt to salt the water for the pasta
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 cup half & half
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter not margarine
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 8 oz gouda cheese shredded or cubed
  • 8 oz creamy havarti cheese shredded or cubed
  • 8 oz sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 4 oz mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 4 oz colby jack cheese shredded
  • 1 tsp seasoning salt OR plain salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika


  • Pour 8 cups of water into a pot, and sprinkle in 1 tsp of salt.
  • Bring the water to a boil, over high heat, then add in the elbow macaroni pasta.
  • Cook the pasta until it is al dente ( cooked but still firm), then drain the pasta and rise it under cool water.
  • Place a large sauce pan over medium heat, then toss in 4 tbsp of butter.
  • Melt the butter down completely, then sprinkle in 2 tbsp of flour.
  • Whisk the ingredients until they are well incorporated, then pour in the evaporated milk and half & half.
  • Whisk the ingredients, and continue to cook it over medium heat for about 3 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat to low, then add in the cream cheese, gouda, and havarti.
  • Stir the mixture until the cheese melts, and you have a nice creamy cheese sauce.
  • Sprinkle in the seasoning salt, pepper, paprika, onion powder, and garlic powder. Mix until well incorporated.
  • Toss the macaroni pasta into a large pot, and pour in the cheese sauce.
  • Stir everything until it is well combined, then pour half of the macaroni and cheese mixture into a 9 x 13 bake dish.
  • Sprinkle some of the sharp cheddar, mozzarella, and colby jack on top of the mac and cheese.
  • Next add the remaining macaroni and cheese into the bake dish, and top it off with the remaining cheese.
  • Bake the macaroni and cheese, in a preheated oven, on 350 F for 25-30 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven, and let sit for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy!