This delicious macaroni and cheese casserole is always a hit!

Macaroni and Cheese Casserole - The Southern Lady Cooks

My family loves macaroni and cheese. I do believe any one of us could eat it every day. This macaroni and cheese casserole is a great twist on a classic! The topping on this dish takes this one to the next level. My family just loved this dish and it’s a wonderful addition to any meal. It’s perfect for any holiday gathering or potluck. I can honestly say I always end up with an empty bowl whenever I serve this dish.

Ingredients Needed for Macaroni and Cheese Casserole:

Elbow macaroni



All-purpose flour

Shredded Colby/monteray jack cheese

Shredded cheddar cheese

Black pepper


Garlic powder

Smoked paprika

Cheez-It crackers

Recipe Feedback: “Wow! I made this for a family dinner and there were no leftovers. How can you go wrong with macaroni and cheese with Cheez-its? It was great”-Nikki

“This is a great dish. My husband said it’s definitely a keeper!-Lacey

If you like this easy casserole then you may want to try our chicken cordon bleu casserole. It has fantastic reviews and is wonderful for a busy weeknight dinner.

Macaroni and Cheese Casserole - The Southern Lady Cooks

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Macaroni and Cheese Casserole

Judy Yeager
Great twist on a classic!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, southern
Servings 8 servings


  • 1 16 ounce box of elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup of butter or 1 stick
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1/2 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1 cup of shredded Colby/monteray jack cheese
  • 1 cup of shredded cheddar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • 2 cups of crushed Cheez-It crackers


  • Cook pasta according to directions on the box (I cook mine 8 minutes) and then drain. Melt the butter in a skillet, whisk in flour and cook approximately 1 minute. Increase heat to medium and add milk to flour mixture. Cook approximately 5 minutes, until thick and starts to bubble.
  • Stir in cheese until melted. Add pasta and all seasonings and spoon in to a 9X13 or 3 quart casserole dish. Add crushed crackers (and more shredded cheese if you like) to the top and bake on 375 for 20-25 minutes. I like to stir it all up once it's done so that the crackers are throughout the casserole. Serves 8.
Keyword Macaroni and Cheese Casserole
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