Soul Food: Macaroni and Cheese

Mac ‘n’ Cheese Meals of “Soul Food” help keep families together. That message is evident in the movie Soul Food, where Big Mama creates mountains of goodness that her entire family enjoys on Sunday evenings—dishes that even one of the greatest Southern cooks, Edna Lewis, would praise.

Soul Food is a 1997 American comedy-drama film, centers on the trials of an extended African-American family, held together by longstanding family traditions which begin to fade as serious problems take center stage. Matriarch Mama Joe has held her family together for 40 years around a Sunday dinner of soul food. When diabetes hospitalizes her, the dinners stop and tensions among her three daughters start to break the family apart. Two of the sisters feud continuously: Teri is jealous of Maxine’s marriage and irritated that everyone assumes her corporate salary is open to the rest of the family’s uses. Maxine resents Teri’s bossiness and insensitivity to family tradition. Bird, the youngest, newly married to an ex-con, accepts a favor from an old lover that leads to her husband’s arrest. Mama Joe’s grandson Ahmad cooks up a scheme to bring the family together, back to the table.


  • 1 3/4 cups pasta (any noodle shape you prefer)
  • Salt
  • 2 1/2 cups extra sharp cheddar cheese (cubed)
  • 2 tablespoons and 1 teaspoon all- purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs that are lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup grated onion
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 1/2 cups grated extra sharp cheddar cheese (or your favorite cheese)


Step 1: Boil the pasta in salted water until tender. Remove and drain. Place the drained pasta into the baking dish of your choice. Mix in the cubed cheddar cheese.

Step 2: Preheat the oven to 350 F

Step 3: Take the flour, 1 1/2 teaspoon salt, and spices in a large mixing bowl. Stir them together so that everything is evenly mixed together.

Step 4: Add the sour cream, and eggs. With a wire whisk mix all ingredients together until mixture is evenly incorporated.

Step 5: To the mixture, Whisk in the onion, half and half, heavy cream, and Worcestershire until it is thoroughly blended together.

Step 6: Pour this mixture over the pasta and cheese and then stir everything together. Sprinkle the shredded cheddar cheese on top and then place into the oven.

Step 7: Put in the oven for 30-35 minutes and then let cool for 10 minutes. The cooling is necessary to allow the macaroni and cheese to set up.

Enjoy this macaroni and cheese.


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