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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4 from 4 votes

Buttermilk Macaroni and Cheese

This creamy baked macaroni and cheese makes the perfect side dish.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Buttermilk Macaroni and Cheese, macaroni and cheese
Servings: 8 servings
Author: The Southern Lady Cooks


  • 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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  1. I added some leftover smoked chicken, and it was delicious! I now have neighbors asking me to make it for them!!! Thanks for the recipe5 stars

  2. I just made this macaroni and cheese, delicious! I’m so glad I found your site! I have tried several recipes with good results. Cooking and baking are therapeutic for me but the tasting has also been great.5 stars

  3. Oh my..this was wonderful! I always love trying new recipes and this one is definitely a keeper! If you love baked macaroni and cheese..give this one a try!5 stars

  4. Followed the recipe to exact instructions. The end result was lousy. None of the cheese stuck to the macaroni. I am accustomed to a recipe that coats the macaroni with the cheese.1 star

    1. This recipe has four cups of cheese in it. If the cheese didn’t stick to the macaroni, I’m curious as to what it stuck to? As you can see from the photos on this post, the cheese is stuck to the macaroni. So Im not sure where you went wrong. This is baked macaroni and cheese, not stovetop. Baked macaroni and cheese has a completely different texture so if you’re wanting a creamy texture you wouldn’t like baked macaroni and cheese. As always not everyone can make every recipe and not every recipe is for everyone. Sorry, this one wasn’t to your liking.

  5. I wonder if I can use this recipe, but steel from another one of your mac & cheese recipes? using cheese crackers?

    1. I have never frozen macaroni and cheese so I can’t advise. It will keep for several days in the refrigerator. Thanks!

  6. This dish is sooo good! I wanted to switch up my regular recipe, so glad I found this one. So creamy and delicious. I love all your recipes.5 stars

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