P’tit Frère’s Southern Mac n’ Cheese

Diva #1’s Southern Mac n’ Cheese always gets a lot of love from her friends. P’tit Frère swears that it is her signature dish, it’s named after him because he loves it so much. Don’t be shy about using bacon fat, this recipe isn’t for calorie counting conscious people. It’s all about that dirty good taste…

Southern Mac n' Cheese

Southern Mac n’ Cheese

Southern Mac n’ Cheese

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  • Yield: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Recipe type: Main


  • 5 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked
  • 5 cups milk
  • 8 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 6 garlic cloves, chopped finely
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour (maybe more)
  • 8 cups grated white cheddar, yellow cheddar and Monteray Jack cheeses
  • 2 large white onions, diced
  • Pack of bacon, diced (yes, an entire pack)
  • Paprika
  • Bajan Hot Pepper Sauce (always the brand “Delish”)
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook macaroni until al dente
  2. Preheat oven to 400° F
  3. Heat a sauté pan, cook bacon and render the fat until the bacon is crispy
  4. Add white onion, garlic and the leaves from sprigs of thyme. Season with pepper and put aside when cooked
  5. Warm milk in a saucepan
  6. Melt butter in a large pot over medium-high heat and whisk in flour, more than 3 Tbs may be needed to make a roux. Cook for 1 min.
  7. Add the warmed milk to the roux, whisking vigorously until smooth and slightly thickened
  8. Stir in 5 cups of cheese and continue to cook and watch thicken
  9. Add salt, pepper, paprika and Bajan Hot Pepper Sauce (always the brand “Delish”), to taste
  10. Remove from heat and add macaroni, stir until fully coated
  11. Pour in the entire bacon / rendered fat / onion mixture and stir
  12. Pour the contents of the large pot into a casserole dish (size of a large lasagna pan) and sprinkle the leftover cheese (3 cups) until fully covered
  13. Bake for 20 minutes until golden, let cool for 15 minutes before serving

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1 comment

  1. Dahlia January 8, 2016 at 1:56 pm Reply

    Not too much butter. It’s practically diet food!

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