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Delicious Southern Spicy Mac and Cheese Recipe

Updated on September 23, 2014

Perfect times to make it

  • Holidays
  • On a cold and rainy Saturday
  • Birthday parties
  • Family reunions
  • Work Potlucks
  • Church
  • Anytime!!

Get Ready For a Dish You Will Surely Love

A staple side dish enjoyed far and wide. Who doesn’t enjoy creamy cheese that oozes in and surrounds the comforting taste of macaroni? There truly is no wrong way to make this dish and it is sure to be the talk of your next big get together. The concept of mixing pasta and cheese originates back to Italy and emerged in the US somewhere around the early 18th Century. Though Kraft has done a great job packaging this quick and easy side dish since the 1930’s, they have nothing on this recipe. The recipe is very versatile and can be made on the stove top, as a casserole or even in a crock-pot. The variations will be listed below. Try them each way to explore the best method.


The Pepper Jack Twist

Macaroni and cheese is a dish that has appeared at the tables of most households. Though the difference here is the pepper jack cheese. Imagine rich creamy cheese sauce combined with the starchy substance of pasta but right when you pop this in your mouth there is a twist at the end. That twist will keep everyone eating on this treat. This macaroni and cheese is the perfect mix of creamy cheese, the sharpness of cheddar, sweetness and then the kick of just the right amount of spiciness.

This is a dish that will be a favorite wherever it is taken. Guaranteed you will be asked to make this more than once.


  • 1/4 Cup Butter
  • 1/4 Cup Flour or cornstarch
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 8 oz. Velveeta
  • 4 cups Cooked pasta
  • 1/2 Cup of each Sharp cheddar and pepper jack
  • Panko Italian breadcrumbs

Recommended Pasta

Using the right pasta is key. I like using pasta that will hold in the cheese creating pockets of deliciousness. Try using whole wheat pasta to give a healthy twist to this staple dish.

  • Elbows - large or small.
  • Shells
  • Twists

Cast your vote for Mac and Cheese


Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: 6

Casserole Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350
  2. In a medium saucepan melt half of the butter on medium heat.
  3. Whisk in flour to thicken the butter.
  4. Slowly stir in milk and bring to a boil.
  5. Cook about 3 minutes or until thickened.
  6. Add Velveeta and allow to melt.
  7. Spray 2qt. casserole dish with cooking spray and add cooked pasta.
  8. Pour Velveeta mix over the top of the pasta.
  9. Sprinkle shredded cheese on top.
  10. Add leftover butter.
  11. Lastly sprinkle entire top of dish with breadcrumbs.
  12. Bake about 20 minutes or until breadcrumbs brown.

Stovetop Variation

In a large saucepan complete steps 1-5. Add pasta and top with breadcrumbs if desired.


Add cooked pasta to crockpot. Complete steps 1-5. Stir in cheese mixture and add bread crumbs to top. Put on top and cook on high for 3 hours.

How do you prepare your mac and cheese

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Yum Yum Results

When you smell this unbelievable dish cooking in the kitchen your stomach will undoubtedly become impatient. Kick back and relax while you imagine the cheese bubbling though the narrow openings of the pasta. And when it is done make sure to allow it to cool for about 10 minutes as cooked cheese can be hot and cause burns.

Arrive to your function with confidence that this meal will hit the hunger spot of whomever pops it in their mouth.

Remember to share the recipe.


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    • mdscoggins profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Scoggins 

      4 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Hi Bobbi - thanks for stopping by. I hope that you enjoy this recipe and is worthy of the southerner in you.

    • PurvisBobbi44 profile image


      4 years ago from Florida


      We Southern women have our own recipes for this great dish. And, I cannot wait to try yours. I will be back to write it down so I can go shopping.

      I call mine Cheese and Macaroni because of the different cheeses I put in it.

      Bobbi Purvis

    • mdscoggins profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Scoggins 

      4 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Thanks for the recognition ologsinquito

    • ologsinquito profile image


      4 years ago from USA

      This looks so good. Mac and cheese used to be one of my favorites.

    • mdscoggins profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Scoggins 

      4 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Thanks teaches12345. Let me know how it tastes :)

    • teaches12345 profile image

      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      I haven't had mac and cheese in ages but now I am so craving it! I think adding pepper jack to it would really send it over the top for me. Thanks for the reminder of how wonderful this dish is as a meal.

    • mdscoggins profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Scoggins 

      4 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Thank Bill.. I love it but I am with you as I cannot eat it too often. That is why it is great for special occasions

    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I grew up eating this dish....I'm still eating it when Bev allows me to. LOL Thanks for the recipe, Michelle.


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