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Southern Baked Mac and Cheese

Rachel Guttentag: "Delicious. Heats up again nicely later too, with…" Read More
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Marrekus Wilkes of Cooks with Soul slips a little Cajun seasoning into his homey, extra-cheesy version of mac ‘n’ cheese that stars on his family’s Thanksgiving table. And he goes with curly cavatappi pasta instead of the usual elbow noodles to give the cheese sauce more to hold onto. If you’re looking for comfort food, this one’s a winner. The recipe is a Yummly original created by Cooks with Soul.


  • 1 pound cavatappi (pasta noodles)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (plus more for greasing dish)
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 pound sharp cheddar cheese (block cheese, shredded, divided)
  • 1 pound colby jack cheese (block cheese, shredded, divided)
  • 1 tablespoon cajun seasoning mix (such as Cooks With Soul’s The Boot, or your favorite)
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    1. Preheat oven to 350°. Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling bowl, add pasta, and cook according to directions until al dente (it will continue to cook when it bakes). Scoop out about ½ cup hot pasta water and set aside. Drain pasta and rinse with cold water. Transfer pasta to a large bowl.
    2. Meanwhile, melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour, slowly adding a little bit at a time, and cook until a light brown color is achieved. This is your roux. Whisk in milk a little at a time until smooth.
    3. Reduce heat to medium-low and slowly start adding about three-quarters of the cheddar cheese. Continue whisking until cheese is completely melted. Slowly add three-quarters of the Colby jack and whisk until melted. Remove cheese sauce from heat and stir in Cajun seasoning.
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    NutritionView More

    Sodium30% DV710mg
    Fat65% DV42g
    Protein71% DV36g
    Carbs16% DV48g
    Fiber8% DV2g
    Calories710Calories from Fat380
    Total Fat42g65%
    Saturated Fat26g130%
    Trans Fat
    Calories from Fat380
    Total Carbohydrate48g16%
    Dietary Fiber2g8%
    Vitamin A25%
    Vitamin C

    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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    Rachel Guttentag 8 days ago
    Delicious. Heats up again nicely later too, with a little added milk. Feel like it would be even better with something like brisket added to the mix.
    Lindsey La Mar 14 days ago
    Followed the instuctions and it turned out really greasy. The flavor was good but the texture just wasn’t as creamy as I was hoping for.
    Jeannie Hill a month ago
    I didn’t have any cajun seasoning so I omitted it. I did add cooked lobster meat and it was AMAZING!