Sweetie Pie’s Macaroni and Cheese

Sweetie Pie’s Mac and cheese is a creamy, cheesy, delicious macaroni and cheese from a famous St. Louis soul food eatery! It is hard to turn down a backed and mac cheese recipe like this one. Try it and you’ll see what I mean.

Homemade Sweetie Pie Baked Macaroni and Cheese in a baking dish.

Here’s a creamy, cheesy, delicious mac and cheese from a famous St. Louis soul food eatery. People who have eaten this mac and cheese at Sweetie Pie’s say it’s the best they’ve ever had.

Not everyone can get to Sweetie Pie’s, but now you can make their mac and cheese at home!

About Sweetie Pie’s

The owner of Sweetie Pie’s is Robbie Montgomery (known to everyone as Miss Robbie). As the oldest of nine children, she learned to prepare dozens of her mother’s classic soul food dishes. One of the dishes they are most down for is their baked mac n cheese. 

Robbie led a very wonderful life as a talented vocalist and was a backup singer (an Ikette) for Ike and Tina Turner. While on the road, she often prepared meals for the band on hot plates in hotel rooms. She subsequently toured with other famous musicians.

When she eventually returned to St. Louis, the drive to open a restaurant was overpowering, and Sweetie Pie’s was born. Sweetie Pie’s has become a St. Louis landmark and a must-visit for anyone looking for delicious comfort food and great service. You can read more about Miss Robbie’s inspiring life.

The Story of Baked Mac n Cheese

Mac and cheese is so familiar, you’ve probably never even though it has a history. As far as the United States is concerned, Thomas Jefferson met up with macaroni in Paris. In 1793, he asked the American ambassador to Paris to buy a machine for making it.

However, the device apparently didn’t work out or Jefferson just found it easier to import both macaroni and Parmesan cheese for making dishes at Monticello.

In 1802, Jefferson served “a pie called macaroni” for a state dinner. Since that time, baked mac and cheese has remained a popular dish. You can read a lot more about the history of mac and cheese.

Not exactly the original baked mac and cheese recipe but just as good

Once you’ve had real homemade mac and cheese, the orangy-looking box mix will never be the same! Homemade mac and cheese is always the best.

This copycat recipe is not Sweetie Pie’s original, but it’s pretty close. Your family will love it and it’s perfect to take to a potluck. Everyone will keep asking you how to make it.

Sweetie Pie’s Mac and cheese is a creamy, cheesy, delicious macaroni and cheese from a famous St. Louis soul food eatery! It is hard to turn down a backed and mac cheese recipe like this one. Try it and you’ll see what I mean.

Soul food mac and cheese recipe ingredients

Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Elbow macaroni pasta
  • Whole milk
  • Evaporated milk
  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Shredded Colby cheese
  • Shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • Shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • Shredded American cheese
  • Velveeta cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Salt
  • White pepper
  • Sugar

How to Make Sweetie Pie’s Macaroni and Cheese

  1. Cook elbow macaroni in a large pot of water according to package al dente directions. Drain and transfer the pasta to a 9×13-inch casserole dish.
  2. Add the butter, Colby, Monterey Jack, Sharp Cheddar, Sour Cream, and Velveeta cheeses to the macaroni.
  3. In a large bowl, pour in whole milk, evaporated milk, and whisk in eggs with a fork until thoroughly combined.
  4. Place the macaroni in a baking pan.
  5. Pour the milk and egg mixture over the macaroni.
  6. Season with salt, pepper, and sugar, and stir to combine.
  7. Sprinkle American cheese over the top of the macaroni.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 45 minutes or until the top is light golden brown.

Storing and reheating baked mac n cheese

Storing and reheating baked mac n cheese

Store any leftover mac and cheese in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days. 

You may freeze leftover portions in an airtight container or a freezer bag for up to three months.

How to reheat Southern baked mac and cheese with evaporated milk

Small single-sized portions can be reheated in the microwave. If you have a larger portion to reheat, I recommended placing the portion of pasta in a covered dish and reheating at 350 degrees between 10 and 15 minutes.

Frequently asked questions about baked macaroni and cheese

Can I substitute regular milk for evaporated milk? What is the difference between evaporated milk and regular milk?

This recipe uses both regular milk and evaporated milk. Evaporated milk is canned milk that the water level has been reduced. The flavor difference is a richer flavor. The texture difference is that your final sauce is creamier than it would be with regular milk. I suggest using both types of milk, using just evaporated milk may make the sauce too rich for many of your guests.

Can I use pre-shredded cheese for this recipe or should the cheese be freshly grated?

For when it is important for the cheese to melt I prefer to use freshly grated cheese. Pre shredded cheese has an anti-caking agent in it, and it won’t melt as well as cheese as you shred.

Is mac and cheese baked covered or uncovered?

In this recipe the pasta dish is not covered, we want that browned topping, and if you cover the dish, the cheese won’t brown.

How do you keep mac and cheese creamy?

This recipe uses evaporated milk to keep the mac and cheese sauce creamy. We don’t thicken this sauce with flour, so that helps to keep this creamy.

Can baked mac and cheese be made ahead of time?

I recommend preparing the dish as if you were going to bake it, you could then wrap it in plastic wrap and then bake for up to 24 hours later for best results.

Homemade Sweetie Pie's Macaroni and Cheese in a baking dish

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Homemade Sweetie Pie's baked Macaroni and Cheese in a baking dish

Sweetie Pie’s Macaroni and Cheese

You can recreate Sweetie Pies Macaroni and Cheese at home. 
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked, Macaroni and Cheese
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 717kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound elbow macaroni pasta
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 24 ounces evaporated milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 8 ounces butter cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 pound shredded Colby cheese
  • 1/2 pound shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 pound shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 pound Velveeta cheese cut into small chunks
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon white pepper
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup shredded American cheese

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 350F.  
  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • Drain and transfer the pasta to a 9×13-inch casserole dish. Set aside. In a large bowl, combine the whole milk, evaporated milk, and eggs. Mix with a fork until thoroughly combined. 
  • Add the butter and Colby, Monterey Jack, Sharp Cheddar, Sour Cream, and Velveeta cheeses to the pasta.
  • Pour the milk and egg mixture over the pasta. Season with salt, pepper, and sugar, and toss.
  • Sprinkle the top of the pasta with the remaining cup of American or Cheddar cheese. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes (or until the top is lightly golden brown).

Equipment

9 x 13 inch baking dish

Nutrition

Calories: 717kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 47g | Saturated Fat: 28g | Cholesterol: 182mg | Sodium: 1481mg | Potassium: 414mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1640IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 924mg | Iron: 1.4mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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