The Easiest Baked Macaroni & Cheese

"There may be lots of recipes out there for macaroni and cheese, but this is the first one I ever found that you don't have to cook the macaroni before you bake it. It is also really simple to put together - all in the casserole dish you are baking it in! I got this from a newsletter of an organization. I take this to potlucks all the time and I always come home with none of it left. It's a dish I'm constantly handing out the recipe for; be sure not to use cheese that has been frozen and thawed because it will ruin the consistency of the dish. You can also cut down on the butter if you would like to lose some of the fat. This is not a real creamy cheesy type of macaroni and cheese, which can sometimes be a little too rich for our tastes. I've made those, but my family prefers this kind over any other."
The Easiest Baked Macaroni & Cheese created by jason.alcant
Ready In:
1hr 10mins



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Melt butter in microwave.
  • Pour macaroni in 2-3 quart casserole dish. Pour butter over macaroni. Stir well to coat.
  • Add salt and pepper. Stir well.
  • Add cheese. Sometimes I may use a mixture of monterey, colby and cheddar, depending on what I have at the time. Mix well.
  • Add milk. Do not stir.
  • Bake uncovered in oven for 60 minutes. I do think this tastes best when it is still hot from the oven.
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  1. jason.alcant
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  2. jason.alcant
    This turned out pretty good, and it was super easy! One recommendation I have is that when it says use a 2-3 quart casserole dish, I would recommend using one closer to 3 than to 2. I used a 2.2 qt dish, and I found it difficult to properly stir without it spilling, so some of the ingredients were not evenly distributed.
  3. Saskin
    I came upon this recipe while searching in vain for my mom's old Mac and cheese recipe that I thought came from Betty Crocker. It was ultra simple - just noodles, milk, cheese, and a few seasonings - but it's my favorite. I just made this recipe since it's similarly simple and I loved the no-cook aspect. My two young children are devouring this as I type - it's delicious! Every bit as good as my mom's and even easier. For those who complained about it 'curdling', it's not curdled - just the way the cheese and milk set. I like it that way and it's as it's supposed to be. May not be to some people's liking but it's not indicative of something gone awry. Highly recommend - we'll be going back to this one! Thanks Lainey!
  4. poetessed
    Really good! I was looking for something simple and delicious and this was it! I added more cheese and have been looking forward to experimenting with different kinds of cheeses. Unlike some people I love my mac and cheese as creamy as I can get it. I'm also going to add crushed crackers to the top of this to add to the duality of textures presented here.
  5. willow_7
    Unfortunately I was disappointed with this recipe, and I agree with some of the reviews that this just didn't work. I followed the recipe exactly, only using margarine instead of butter - not sure if that had anything to do with it or not, but it didn't turn out well. It was extremely greasy - I had to ladle about a cup of grease out before serving, and the cheese curdled and went lumpy - it didn't make a sauce. I only ate it because I was really hungry, and although the actual flavour wasn't too bad, the texture was really awful. I'm just glad I didn't make it for guests. Although it was easy to make, the results were poor so my advice would be to skip this one and look for another recipe.

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