Macaroni Au Gratin


A Southern sideboard is truly a beautiful sight to withhold. Whether it's filled with sweet potato, green bean, and mashed potato casseroles on Thanksgiving or cole slaw, baked beans, and potato salad at a backyard cookout, Southern cooks have mastered the sideboard. This Macaroni Au Gratin is a totally decadent mixture of two of our favorite sideboard mainstays—macaroni and cheese and au gratin potato casserole. With just four ingredients (plus salt and pepper), you can have a cheesy, bubbly casserole on the table for your family to devour. For the best texture for your Macaroni Au Gratin, our Test Kitchen has two tips: First, use block cheese and shred it yourself instead of buying a bag of shredded cheese. The few extra minutes it will take are worth it. Second, even though you'll be tempted to dig in as soon as you remove it from the oven, don't ignore the recommendation to wait 15 minutes before serving. This allows the Macaroni Au Gratin to set to the perfect texture for serving. This Macaroni Au Gratin is going to be a hit with kids and adults alike. You can never go wrong with a crowd-pleasing, cheesy pasta bake, so this casserole recipe will soon become your go-to for holidays, potlucks, new neighbors, and weeknight dinners.

Macaroni Au Gratin
Photo: Southern Living
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
8 to 10 servings


  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt

  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten

  • 2 cups milk

  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

  • 4 cups (16-oz.) shredded New York sharp Cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Lightly grease a 13-by-9-inch baking dish.

  2. Cook macaroni according to package directions, adding 1 tsp. salt; drain well. Combine eggs, milk, pepper, and remaining 1/2 tsp. salt in a large bowl; add cooked macaroni, and stir well.

  3. Spoon half of macaroni mixture into prepared dish. Sprinkle with half of cheese. Repeat layers with remaining macaroni mixture and cheese, ending with cheese.

  4. Bake at 300°F for 30 minutes; increase temperature to 400°F, and bake 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.

Chef's Note

Use 10 (6-oz.) ramekins or ovenproof dishes for individual macaroni au gratins.

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