Homemade Microwave Mac and Cheese

Yes, you can skip the boxed stuff if you want to know how to make mac and cheese in the microwave thanks to our homemade mac and cheese recipe using ingredients you almost certainly already have on hand.

Total Time:
10 mins


  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • cup dried elbow macaroni pasta

  • cup water

  • Pinch of salt

  • cup milk

  • cup finely shredded mild cheddar cheese


  1. Combine pasta, water and salt in a wide 14- to 16-ounce microwave-safe mug or bowl. Microwave on high 4 ½ - 5 minutes, stirring once or twice during cooking. Add milk and half of the cheese, stir and microwave 1 minute more. Add remaining cheese and stir. Garnish with additional cheese, if desired. Let stand 1 to 2 minutes before serving.

    Homemade Microwave Mac and Cheese
    Emily Fink

Pizza variation

Cook pasta as directed above. Omit milk and cheddar cheese. Stir in 1/3 cup marinara sauce and top with 1/3 cup finely shredded Italian blend or mozzarella cheese. Heat as directed above. Do not stir. Garnish with chopped pepperoni, finely shredded basil and/or finely chopped parsley.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

319 Calories
15g Fat
31g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Calories 319
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 43mg 14%
Sodium 432mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 0.2mg 1%
Calcium 371mg 29%
Iron 0.5mg 3%
Potassium 219mg 5%
Folate, total 20.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.8mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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