Old-Fashioned Macaroni and Cheese for the Microwave

Total Time
Prep 0 mins
Cook 20 mins

When my daughter was little, she used to call this "macaroni and home-made cheese" much to the delight of her grandmother with whom the recipe originated. Grandma always used Velveeta, but we usually use cheddar. I have used whatever I have on hand. Monterey Jack is especially good. Use your favorite cheese. This recipe takes little more effort than a box, is faster than frozen, and is oh so much better than both. Everyone will think you cooked all day.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix macaroni, water, butter, onion salt, and pepper in 2-quart covered casserole; cover tightly.
  2. Microwave on high 5 minutes; stir.
  3. Cover tightly and microwave on medium(50% power) to boiling, 4 to 6 minutes.
  4. Stir in milk, cheese, and flour.
  5. Cover tightly and microwave on high (100% power) stirring every 4 minutes for 10 to 12 minutes until bubbly and tender.
Most Helpful

I love this method!! It needed some tweaks to get the seasoning right, but I was using a mild cheddar which can be very bland. I'm so thankful for a faster way to make M&C that my kids will actually eat. Thanks!

angie_pangie December 31, 2009

The dish itself tasted fine. It wasn't spectacular, and it wasn't horrible. However, the microwave instructions were not accurate and the water boiled over a few times. I would suggest half the microwave time, or just make it over the stove. Also, I used swiss instead of cheddar, used real onions, and added some red pepper flakes(personal taste.)

earth2julia January 02, 2008