Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 3 mins

A family favorite that on busy days I cook completely in the microwave. On days that I have more time I may finish by baking in the oven.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Melt butter in 1 quart glass measure on full power for 45 seconds.
  2. Stir in flour, salt, and pepper to make a paste.
  3. Slowly whisk milk into measure and cook on power level 8 for 6 to 8 minutes or until thickened. Stir several times as it thickens.
  4. Mix in cheese and stir until melted.
  5. Mix the cheese sauce and macaroni together in a greased 1 1/2 quart casserole.
  6. Top with bread crumbs and paprika.
  7. Cook on full power for 3 minutes or until bubbling.
  8. If you would like you could bake in the oven on 350°F for 20-25 minutes or until bubbling and golden brown.
Most Helpful

3 5

It's better when it goes in the oven, because the top layer becomes toasted and even more delicious. I just tried this recipe tonight, and next time I'm going to save a 1/4 C. of cheddar and dice it and throw it in the macaroni mix. The sauce is a little too milky, but I think it'd be fine if you put in some small chunks of cheddar, because it'd change up the taste. I also added minced onions tonight, and it made it even better. -Gali

5 5

This is exactly how I make my Mac and Cheese except that I had never used the Italian seasoned breadcrumbs before. This time I just sprinkled some Italian Seasoning on top of the crumbs which was nice. Sometimes I have used cracker crumbs as well. I do use 1% milk but if I was being honest I would have to say that it is even better with whole milk. I never have it in the house anymore so I make do with 1% and it is fine. I used extra old cheddar. Yumm. The perfect comfort food. Thanks for posting your recipe.

5 5

Nothing beats macaroni and cheese for pure comfort food. This is so easy to put together. The breadcrumbs were from my Seasoned Breadcrumb Mix and I did put this in the oven but think it would be equally good heated in the microwave.