Grandma's Most-Requested Buttermilk Macaroni & Cheese Recipe by Donna John

Grandma's Most-Requested Buttermilk Macaroni & Cheese Recipe

A friend of mine shared this recipe for her grandma's buttermilk macaroni and cheese. Buttermilk? When I first heard that she used buttermilk in her mac and cheese, I was skeptical. But, guess what? It is absolutely delicious! No wonder it's her grandma's most-requested recipe!

If you're making this macaroni and cheese recipe for a potluck or large family gathering, double it and bake in a 13x9-inch baking pan. Print out plenty of copies of the recipe (you'll need them).

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 16 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (divided)
  • 2 cups shredded gouda cheese (divided)
  • 4 teaspoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups buttermilk

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Cook the pasta in boiling salted water until al dente. Drain and return to pot. 
  2. Add 1 cup of the cheddar, 1 cup of gouda, butter, smoked paprika and garlic powder to the hot noodles. Stir well to combine. Pour into a greased 2-quart baking dish.
  3. Pour the buttermilk over the top and stir. Top with remaining cheese. 
  4. Cover and bake in a preheated 350-degree F oven for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake 10 minutes more. 

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Donna John
Can't wait to hear what ya'll think of this recipe!
Omg Donna, I must try this recipe thank you.
I am drooling onto my phone...
Elisa Schmitz
Buttermilk can only make mac and cheese even better. Plus gouda? Love it! #yum

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