Microwave Macaroni and Cheese

Microwave Macaroni and Cheese


"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."


25 m servings 659 cals
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Original recipe yields 4 servings



  • Calories:
  • 659 kcal
  • 33%
  • Fat:
  • 35.2 g
  • 54%
  • Carbs:
  • 54g
  • 17%
  • Protein:
  • 31.2 g
  • 62%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 92 mg
  • 31%
  • Sodium:
  • 1159 mg
  • 46%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  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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  1. 25 Ratings


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 proc...

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 onio...

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

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

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

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 i...

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!

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.

I used Penne pasta, onion powder and cooked it on the stove instead of the microwave. It was basically dump and cook! Then I baked it for eight minutes. YUM! This will probably become a regu...