Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray a 3-quart casserole dish or 9x13 pan wtih cooking spray.
Cook macaroni according to package directions, adding 2 minutes to the maximum time listed on the package. Drain; stir butter into macaroni until butter is melted.
While macaroni is boiling, shred both cheddar cheese blocks using a box grater. Combine shredded cheese until evenly mix, then set aside about half of shredded cheese mixture for later.
In a large bowl, whisk together mascarpone and evaporated milk until smooth (there may still be some lumps, which are okay).
Mix in the whole milk, followed by the salt, creole seasoning, mustard powder, and nutmeg. Stir in half of the shredded cheese mixture.
Taste mixture to see if seasonings are to your preference and adjust if necessary. Stir in beaten egg.
Add buttered macaroni to milk/cheese mixture and stir to combine. Pour the whole mixture into your prepared casserole dish.
Sprinkle remaining shredded cheese evenly over the top, followed by some fresh cracked pepper, if you like.
Bake in preheated oven for 50 minutes or until cheese on top is melted and browned, and filling is bubbling. Cool slightly before serving.
Make-ahead instructions: You can prepare this baked mac and cheese the night before and bake the following day! Just complete all the steps except the last one (baking), and place in the fridge covered with plastic wrap. The next day, bake in preheated oven as normal, although you may need to add 5-10 minutes to the cook time. Freezing: This soul food baked mac and cheese freezes very well! Just cool the mac and cheese completely, cover tightly with plastic wrap and foil, and freeze for up to 2 months. Allow to thaw, still wrapped, in the fridge before baking as usual.
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Soul Food Baked Mac and Cheese posted on November 13, 2020 by Chenée Today at https://cheneetoday.com/soul-food-baked-mac-and-cheese/