Microwave Macaroni and Cheese Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Microwave Macaroni and Cheese Recipe
  • READY IN 25 mins

Microwave Macaroni and Cheese

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"A nice microwave alternative to baked macaroni and cheese. Vary the recipe by using farfalle, fusilli, or rotini pasta. You may add cooked chicken or tuna to this recipe for a more hearty meal."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    25 mins


  1. In a large pot with boiling salted water cook the elbow macaroni until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a 2-quart microwave-safe covered casserole dish, cook the onions and butter or margarine on high for 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Add the cooked and drained pasta, milk, and cubed cheese and stir. Cook for 11 to 12 minutes on high, stirring well after 4, 8, and 11 minutes. The mixture will still be runny at this stage. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Let stand for 5-8 minutes before serving. The sauce will thicken as it cools slightly.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 14, 2008

this was good even though i completely switched some things around. i didnt use any spices and i just combined the macaroni and some sour cream along with some sharp cheddar (didnt have any processed cheese) and it came out really gooey and good!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 25, 2008

This tasted way too much like the processed cheese. Too much cheese that overpowered the whole dish. I will not make again.

Apr 15, 2007

I'm rating this based on time and ease to prepare. It's almost as good as my baked recipe that takes 4 times as long. I didn't have an onion and my kids are big on onion anyway, so I used onion powder instead to give it some flavor. My 3 kids and husband ate it up!

Jun 06, 2007

This was great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My children loved it so so much! Two thumbs up!!!!!!!

Dec 25, 2006

Simple but not enough cheese. The edges were dry and crispy. Modifications needed.

May 12, 2013

If I said that I much preferred a much more involved macaroni and cheese that required making a white sauce, adding a variety of cheeses, spices, herbs, or other add-ins or seasonings, topping it with crispy, buttery bread crumbs, and/or baking it… I’d be lying. This is delicious, plain and simple. I prepared it on the stove-top which for me was no more difficult than nuking it. I also added some King Arthur’s Vermont Cheddar Cheese Powder (good stuff, by the way). This is creamy, smooth, rich, cheesy, and delicious. I don’t know how choosing a more complicated recipe could make it any better than that.

Nov 08, 2007

I loved the creamy texture! I added lima beans for color and extra value. I had frozen chopped onions instead of fresh. Very easy. Looks like I worked a lot harder!

Jun 24, 2006

This was really good. I liked how it was simple and quick. I added cooked chopped broccoli to mine and a little garlic salt. I'll be making this again with chicken.


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  • Calories
  • 659 kcal
  • 33%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 54 g
  • 17%
  • Cholesterol
  • 92 mg
  • 31%
  • Fat
  • 35.2 g
  • 54%
  • Fiber
  • 1.9 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 31.2 g
  • 62%
  • Sodium
  • 1159 mg
  • 46%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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