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

The microwave directions were fine for me. You might just watch closely since microwave times vary. As for the taste, Delicious with a capital "D". The quintessential comfort food, this tastes just like mac and cheese should. I brown mine briefly under the broiler for that homemade crusty brown goodness. My kids LOVE this (as do I) and there is never any left over. In fact I have started doubling it just so I can have a little the next day for lunch. Also super yummy with a little chopped ham stirred in. Yum-o!

jillcdunn November 14, 2007

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