Mable Clarke, the creator of this baked mac and cheese recipe, is a cook and activist from South Carolina who serves this dish at a monthly fish fry she started to save her church. "One thing I dislike is dry macaroni," says Clarke, so she makes plenty of custard for her version of this classic. "When people taste it, they say, 'Oooh, this macaroni!'"

Mable Owens Clarke
Source: EatingWell Magazine, September 2020


Credit: Johnny Autry

Recipe Summary

25 mins
1 hr 10 mins
Nutrition Profile:


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat an 8-inch-square baking dish with cooking spray.

  • Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and pour into the prepared pan.

  • Whisk eggs, milk, Cheddar, cottage cheese, sour cream, Parmesan, pepper and salt in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, whisking frequently, until the cheeses are mostly melted, 6 to 8 minutes. Pour the custard over the macaroni, spreading evenly.

  • Bake until the custard is set and the top is browned, 50 to 60 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

219 calories; protein 13g; carbohydrates 16g; dietary fiber 1g; sugars 2g; fat 12g; saturated fat 6g; cholesterol 63mg; vitamin a iu 412IU; folate 15mcg; calcium 262mg; iron 1mg; magnesium 29mg; potassium 104mg; sodium 319mg.