Buttermilk Macaroni and Cheese The Southern Lady Cooks

This buttermilk macaroni and cheese recipe will quickly become a favorite. This is a super easy recipe for macaroni and cheese. I grew up eating macaroni and cheese baked so of course, it’s my favorite. I know so many people enjoy a more creamy stovetop style but for me, I love it baked. This recipe was an experiment that turned out great. I now make it for many family gatherings and Sunday dinners. The buttermilk adds to the creaminess and the Gouda cheese and smoked paprika gives it a bit of a smokey flavor. It’s so good!

Ingredients Needed for Buttermilk Macaroni and Cheese:

Elbow macaroni pasta

Shredded sharp cheddar

Shredded Gouda



Smoked Paprika

Garlic Powder

Black Pepper

If you like this recipe, then you may also like our macaroni and cheese casserole.

This dish would also be a wonderful addition to any holiday meal. Super easy to make and loaded in flavor. This dish is a little different from a traditional macaroni and cheese. We love to play with ingredients and this one turned out fantastic. Our family loves the baked style macaroni and cheese and this one is now added to our rotation.

You probably won’t be able to find shredded gouda, so you will need to shred it yourself. Gouda is a great cheese and it taste great in this dish.

Buttermilk Macaroni and Cheese The Southern Lady Cooks

Buttermilk Macaroni and Cheese The Southern Lady Cooks

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Buttermilk Macaroni and Cheese

Judy Yeager
This Buttermilk Macaroni and Cheese is a dish all macaroni and cheese fans love. It has a wonderful flavor and a great side dish. If you love macaroni and cheese definitely give this one a try. Great for any holiday gathering too.
4.38 from 24 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings


  • 16 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups shredded gouda cheese
  • 3 teaspoons of butter
  • 2 cups of buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 350. Cook pasta according to directions on the package and drain. Spray a 2 quart baking dish with cooking spray. Mix macaroni noodles, 1 cup of sharp cheddar cheese, 1 cup of gouda cheese, butter and seasonings together in a bowl.
  • Pour into baking dish. Pour buttermilk over top of macaroni and stir. Top with remaining cheese. Cover and bake for 20 minutes. Then uncover and bake another 10 minutes.


You probably wont be able to find shredded gouda, you will have to shred it yourself. 
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