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Dinner
Feb
20
2012

5 Minute Homemade Mac and Cheese

Last week was raining and I knew just what I wanted to whip up for dinner….a quick and easy homemade mac and cheese.

Who needs a box mix when you can have homemade mac in 5 minutes?! I will say, that I had cooked pasta in my fridge from a previous dinner, so make sure you cook some extra pasta to have ready for this recipe.

This is too easy to not try for yourself, give it a go and let me know if you love it as much as we do!!

Can you even handle all of the ingredients you need? I don’t know if I can.

Pour in your cheese pleeeease.

Add your milk. I used whole milk here.

Every last drop!

Add some salt.

….and freshly ground black pepper.

Grab a spoon and stir it all together.

Cover loosely with plastic wrap and microwave for 3 minutes. Stir and microwave for an additional 2 minutes.

Stir until creamy dreamy smooth.

Oh yah!!

Dig in!

[ziplist]

5 Minute Homemade Mac and Cheese

1/2 pound cooked pasta of choice (we used small shells)

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

1 cup whole milk

3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1. Place pasta, cheese, milk, salt and pepper into a microwave safe bowl. Stir to mix. Cover lightly with plastic wrap and microwave for 3 minutes. Stir and microwave for an additional 2 minutes. Stir until creamy and smooth. Serve immediately.

Makes 4 servings

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  1. 1
    Michaela says:

    Looks yum! Mac and cheese isn’t a traditional favorite here in Australia like it is in the US but I really want to try it. Do you serve this as a side dish or the main dish for dinner? Can you serve vegetables with it? (not mixed in, just on the side) I’m looking forward to trying your recipe!

    • 1.1
      kenny says:

      You can do anything you want with mac & cheese…it can be both a main or side dish. Vegetables are great in it, especially broccoli or cauliflower, but you can serve it on the side too.

    • 1.2
      Ciara says:

      It can be done as either, but serving it as a main course with some steamed broccoli or cauliflower (or both!) would be a great way to balance a meal, plus the veggies would accent the cheese perfectly! 🙂

    • 1.3
      Earline says:

      Hi, I realize that you wrote your question nearly four years ago and it may have been answered. However, here in America Macaroni And Cheese is almost always served as a side dish. Though sometimes people do just eat it by itself, especially when their budget is low. And yes, by all means, do serve with vegetables, also on the side. Or you can experiment and even add vegetables to the Macaroni and Cheese. It’s up to you. I am ready to try this recipe for “Thanksgiving” which is exclusively an “American Holiday. I think I am going to do a trial run so that I can tweak it just in case I can improve on this recipe. So Bon Apetit.

      • 1.3.1
        anonymous cheddar says:

        hello, by the way thanksgiving is not exclusive to america….. canada has thanksgiving too. and also another good thing to add to mac and cheese is 1-2 cans of tuna (depending on how much mac and cheese), or you can also add ground beef to it (one good way is to prepare the meat like you making tacos with taco sauce mix but instead you stick into your mac and cheese) YUM !

  2. 2

    I love that you made this in the microwave. I love my microwave and use it rather than the stovetop for melting everything from cheese to butter to chocolate chips. Big time saver for me and this is a great idea, Jenny!

  3. 3

    wow, this really is 5-minute mac and cheese! i love the stringy-ness and cheeeeeeeeeese 🙂

  4. 4

    I couldn’t pin this fast enough. I prefer stovetop mac and cheese to baked but this is even better because there’s none of that roux business going on.

  5. 5
    Cassie says:

    Wow, Jenny, this is fabulous! Definitely on my dinner list. What a crowd-pleaser you have here!

  6. 6

    This looks great. Going to give it a whirl for the kids lunch today since they are all home from school! Thanks for sharing!

  7. 7
    Abby says:

    Wow! I can’t get over how easy this is! I’m always looking for super easy recipes to make when I’m at school and cooking for one. Cheers! xx

  8. 8
    Joss says:

    This is my kinda non fussy meal 😀

  9. 9

    Yum, it looks like Velveeta, but better! Love how simple the recipe is, too.

  10. 10

    SEEEEEEERIOUSLY. I cannot wait to do this. I’m already freaking.

  11. 11

    How perfect! Now why would you ever want the box when you can whip this up so quickly??!

  12. 12

    Just Pinned this. You are a genius! Any my little sick guy will be thanking you today for this comfort food…

  13. 13

    This is brilliant, Jenny! Who knew it only needed to take 5 minutes? Love this and will be pocketing it for future mac ‘n cheese cravings… Thanks for sharing!

  14. 14
    mrsblocko says:

    This. Is. Awesome. I always cook up too much pasta and then have to scramble to use it up. I will be making this for sure!

  15. 15

    Ooohhh, this looks good! Maybe my picky “only eat it from a box” family would eat this!

  16. 16

    This is the stuff my dreams are made of. It’s like you see into my soul. YUM!!!!

  17. 17
  18. 18

    Delicious! How can you not love comfort food that’s done in minutes?! 🙂

  19. 19

    Jenny this is dreamy! So much better than the blue box 😉

  20. 20
    Chris says:

    This is how I make Mac & cheese for my kids. Not sure what I would do without my micro! Beautiful recipe images, as always! Happy Monday to you!

  21. 21

    Sounds so easy! Love mac and cheese recipes! 🙂

  22. 22
    carrian says:

    That’s how my mom taught me to do it too!! Love it!!

  23. 23
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    Amanda says:

    This is so gorgeous, I cannot wait to make it!! 🙂

  25. 25
    Angelyn says:

    This looks so good!! I love mac n cheese!

  26. 26
    nika says:

    So no flour? It looked like flour but in the picture but I didn’t see it in the recipe. Looks yummy.

  27. 27
    GinaE says:

    It did look like there was flour in the picture.

    Many thanks for a microwave version. Sometimes I just need a quick side dish or something comforting for dinner without all the work. This fits the bill perfectly! I’ll be using this a lot.

  28. 28
    hannah says:

    Are the noodles cooked previously before the microwave?

  29. 29

    This is a PERFECT idea for late dinners + side dishes for my husband! Love it.

  30. 30
    Renee says:

    Five minutes? Are you kidding me? The world needs this.

  31. 31

    My mother used to make the best macaroni cheese with velvet, milk and a white sauce. I haven’t been able to replicate it. Now that I’ve read today’s post, I realize it’s because I hadn’t been using whole milk. It does make a difference, doesn’t it!

  32. 32

    Should have read… My mother used to make the best macaroni AND cheese with VELVEETA…

  33. 33
    Lenora says:

    I’m drooling. Oh god. <3

  34. 34

    Whoa! I can make Mac & Cheese in 5 Minutes? Yes, please! What an incredible recipe!

  35. 35

    LOVE this~ especially since I’m always fixing my toddler mac and cheese (instant) and feeling guilty that it’s not more “real” food!

  36. 36
    June says:

    Wow, this looks so much easier than the way my grandmother taught me. I have always used, cheddar cheese, farfalle pasta, and no fat powdered milk. Cooking the pasta on stovetop takes ~20 minutes (10 for boiling, 10 for cooking). And another minute or so to melt the cheese on stovetop (adding a tablespoon of milk for one ‘handful’ of cheddar – [I have small hands ;)]). I mix it together (after draining the farfalle, obviously), and then sprinkle with some black pepper.

    Yummy, but takes a heck of a lot longer. 🙁
    My idolatry of mac n cheese will lead me to trying your microwave method!

  37. 37
    Lisa says:

    That’s too easy. I think you cheated 😉

  38. 38
    Devorah says:

    Have never found the perfect Mac & Cheese recipe. Can’t wait to try this out.

  39. 39
    Celina says:

    I always have lots of shredded cheese on hand. Now, I just need to “accidently” make some extra pasta. Can’t wait!

  40. 40
    Hayley says:

    I’m only irritated because I always have these ingredients on hand yet, despite their simplicity, never put them together. Goodbye, Kraft and super-long, laborious processes of making mac and cheese. Hello, new, easy favorite!

  41. 41
    Jeri says:

    How did you get this creamy? My cheese got all clumped together.

    • 41.1
      Jenny says:

      Hi Jeri,
      I’m sorry to hear that. It’s hard to say unless I witness you making it. Maybe try a different brand of cheese to see if that helps.

    • 41.2
      Jenny says:

      Jeri,
      Also make sure you use whole milk. 🙂

      • 41.2.1
        Elizabeth says:

        WOW!I loved it!I used sharp cheddar and added 5 drops of tobasco for a little kick and it was so great, flavorful, and not actually clumpy. Simple and delicious!

  42. 42
    Tara says:

    Everyone is raving but has anyone (aside from Jeri above me) tried it? It looked amazing and unreal to me also, but like Jeri, my cheese just clumped and was not at all nice and creamy like Jenny’s. What did I do wrong….and it is even possible to do this recipe wrong!!?? It still tasted good of course–I mean, how can’t it? Its cheese!

    • 42.1
      Karen says:

      After reading these comments, I added half a tablespoon of flour to freshly-shredded cheese and tossed it together before combining with the rest of these ingredients. It then melted nice and smooth like in the photos above. Perhaps the original poster didn’t need to add flour because she used bag cheese, which I believe already has something in it to keep it from clumping?

      • 42.1.1
        Milly says:

        That would be potato starch. Odd, because everywhere else I’ve read about making mac and cheese, they say to avoid pre-packaged shredded cheeses for this very reason…

  43. 43
    Jodi says:

    This didn’t work for me,just ended up with a bowl of cheese clumped noodles and loose milk,not sure what I did wrong?

  44. 44

    This is such a great idea for last minute dinner arrangements. I haven;t yet meet anyone who says no to Mac&cheese

  45. 45

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  46. 46
    Laura says:

    My 16 year old son loves mac and cheese and I taught him how to do this several years ago because he is constantly hungry. I love that he will take left overs and create something new. Yours looks amazing!

  47. 47

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  48. 48
    Amy says:

    Would this work with 1% milk? Or does it have to be whole milk?

  49. 49
    Christine says:

    Thanks for the recipe! I tried it out and I am in love! I made it with cheese I had on hand some cheddar, feta and a little mozzarella. I halved the recipe and made it with skim milk it was delicious and wonderful! Thank you so much for this wonderful idea!

  50. 50
    Jessica says:

    Just made this for lunch, love it! My girls are pretty picky, and wont eat homemade Mac and cheese…but they love this! I cant believe how easy it is either. I just heated up the cheese and milk in the saucepan I used to boil the noodles and it worked great. Thanks 🙂

  51. 51
    mrsblocko says:

    I made this and posted about it here. I used skim milk and it turned out fine. It is stringier than the “blue box” but I wanna know why that is a bad thing!

    I’ve had this for lunch way too often. I really wish it wasn’t so easy. But it’s healthy right? Cause it’s chalk full of calcium. 😉

  52. 52
    Marina says:

    My little ones LOVE Mac&Cheese. Delicious and the perfect recipe for a quick lunch or a quick side dish for dinner. Thanks!

  53. 53
    Caitlin says:

    I just tried to make this, and it is definitely NOT as creamy as yours! Do you think it is because I didn’t use leftover pasta but made the pasta specifically for this? Thanks!

  54. 54
    Andrea says:

    I just made this for lunch and the cheese was lumpy 🙁 I used a block of cheese and shredded it myself. I did add flour to the chese like someone else posted and whole milk. Maybe next time I’ll use the pre shredded kind.

  55. 55
    June says:

    I AM SO MAKING THIS RECIPE RIGHT NOW IT LOOKS SO EASY
    IM 19 WEEKS PREGNANT AND MY BF HAD KRAFT DINNER HE ISNT
    LIVING WITH ME RIGHT NOW HES WORKING OUT OF TOWN..AND WE ARE
    ON SYPE TOGETHER ANYWAYS LONG STORY SHORT IS THAT I WANTED TO MAKE
    SOME HOMADE….AND THIS IS THE EASIEST RECIPE EVA LOOKS SO YUMMY WITH
    THE SHELLS LIKE VELVETA ! OMG I NEED TO BUY SOME , LOL THANKS XO

  56. 56
    Michelle says:

    This recipe calls for 1/2 lb of cooked pasta, what measurement would that be in dry pasta? I would need to cook the pasta, but want to know how much to cook. Thank you!

  57. 57
    Kerry B says:

    This worked for me, but was a bit bland. i’ll be adding american in next time to see if it helps make it a bit creamier and a bit tastier!

  58. 58
    Jessica says:

    If there is no flour in this recipe then what is in that picture with the tablespoon? It even looks like flour sitting on top of the cheese in the next picture with pepper on top of it. I am so confused.

  59. 59
    Beth says:

    Was so excited to try this, but it didnt work for me, it was clumpy and seemed like there was too much milk. I uswd whole milk and 2% cheese, should i have used regular cheese. Love picky palate, thank you!!

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  61. 61
    JoAnna says:

    Just made this, but with elbow macaroni and a “pizza blend” cheese (cheddar + mozzarella). DELISH!!! Have pinned this recipe to my Pinterest board and will def. recommend. Thanks so much!

  62. 62
    radha says:

    Thanks for a simple recipe which turned out great!

  63. 63

    I’m a mac and cheese “junkie”! oh my gosh! I’m sure I will making this soon

  64. 64
    Laura says:

    This is a great easy recipe with no artificial ingredients. My children loved it!

  65. 65

    Here is how mine turned out! Definitely LOVE the idea of not using that powdered stuff.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vPjMUi-AMo#

  66. 66
    george simmons says:

    what is the recipe as 1 serving

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  69. 69
    LayraS says:

    This isn’t really a 5 minute Mac n cheese if the noodles need to be precooked! More like 20 minute stovetop/microwave man n cheese! 😉

  70. 70
    Wayne Rooney says:

    I know im a football player and need to be healthy… but this is a lovely dish and now i have it at least 2 times a week my wife and i enjoy it, its better than going out for a meal

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  73. 73
    Alicia says:

    I tried this recipe tonight… Personally I didn’t think it was very tasty. My husband didn’t mind it, but it didn’t taste like very much to me and was sort of gritty. I even made it on the stove top, added extra cheese, and after combining them, put it in the oven to set with more cheese on top. I would change the recipe or find a different one if making it again.

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  75. 75
    Brianna says:

    I’m 11 and I find that this would be a very easy recipe for me to make home alone! But can I use 1% low fat milk?

  76. 76

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    Adrina says:

    So easy. I was surprised that it turned out so good. I’m a firm believer in making a roux, but I was sick and not feeling up to cooking. Thanks for posting.

  79. 79
    Holly says:

    (my website is still a work in progress…I only have 3 pages published at the moment, but hope to have much of the rest up within a week or two.

    I was in dire striaghts that we ran out of the boxed mac and cheese, which is what he wanted me to make lightly blended with a small amount of hamburger meat. Well, to no avial, we were out. But, I did have your ingredients and gave it a shot! Perfect! I used 2.5 cups of macaroni, 2 cups of the cheese and all like you said in the recipie! Followed your instructions…and it was really quick and easy. Only took 5 minutes (with exception cooking the macaroni for 11 min)…but we all know that doesn’t count…you just put it in and let it boil!

    AWESOME and your online recipie saved the day!
    Thank you so much for posting this!
    Sincerely,
    Holly

  80. 80
    Christy says:

    I made this last Sunday. It was very easy. I did it on the stove top instead of the microwave, and it worked well. The only problem I had was I made it as a side, and I made it before the main course was done….so by the time I served dinner it wasn’t as creamy and yummy as it was when it was first ready. My fail. I’ll make it again though. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  81. 81
    teachermrw says:

    I used bag cheese – Sargento extra sharp cheddar. I also enhanced the recipe a bit by substituting Carnation Evaporated Milk, and addd some dry mustard, unsalted butter, and a bit of flour. However, I am convinced that mac and cheese is creamier when one grates her own cheese. I find Cracker Barrel Extra Sharp Cheddar to be the best for making mac and cheese.

  82. 82

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  84. 84
    Emily says:

    Let me just say, this satisfied my craving 100% I had a bunch of extra noodles laying about and some extra shredded cheese. Did it as followed and it turned out lovely! I added some panko bread crumbs and nomnomnom. Def keeping in rotation!

  85. 85
    jack russel says:

    Bloodly Brillant!

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  87. 87
    Jen says:

    I followed exactly and it’s the worst Mac and cheese I’ve ever made. It’s clumpy and liquidy. I shredded cheese from a block. Does that make a difference?

  88. 88
    Maggie says:

    Wow this looks really great? Have you tried it scaled down to one person?

  89. 89
    michelle says:

    I tried it but it didn’t get creamy for me. it was a bit chunky and I stirred it plenty. I used one cup of pasta and one cup of cheese and half cup of milk. 🙁

  90. 90
    Brittany says:

    Just tried this and it did NOT work 🙁
    I was really bummed and my son was too.
    I did everything the same. Didnt change one thing so I have no clue what happened.

  91. 91
    liz says:

    this has to be a joke…… that is not how you make it im sorry.

  92. 92
    Amarachel says:

    Thanks for the recipe! Seems really yummy and so quick… I’ll be trying it soon.

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    Brian says:

    I’m a special ed teacher who works with the 18-22 year old developmentally disabled population. I’m periodically looking for VERY SIMPLE meals that my students can learn to make for themselves, independently. Thank you for this simple dish with pictures and step included. I have to provide picture schedules as step by step instructions for students that cannot read. I’ll be looking at your site more often for other “simple” recipes that my students can do on their own! Again, thank you.

  94. 94
    Bella says:

    I personally loved this recipe, but the kids I was babysitting said it was a little salty, so don’t overkill! I love the microwaving idea though!

  95. 95
    Wyoming Cowboy says:

    Not so great, mostly runny

  96. 96

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    MacKenzie L says:

    you just saved my husbands life im 4 months pregnant and craving some real mac and cheese really bad but all the other recipies take like an hour to make ohh yay microwave beeper went off time to eat!!!

  98. 98
    Emily says:

    My mother was sleeping and I was trying to look up easy resipies when this one caught my eye…. And it seems like my type of easy meal hope it works, thanks!

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    anonymous says:

    Looks delicous
    I used skim milk and it didnt turn out as well

  100. 100
    Anna says:

    Can I use oven instead of microwave? I don’t have microwave 🙁

  101. 101
    Ashley says:

    Like others said, this did not work for me. I shredded my own cheese from a cheddar block, and after only one minute in the microwave, the cheese had bubbled through a gap in the plastic and spilled all over my microwave. I took it out, and there was milk and clumped cheese at the bottom, and noodles at the top. Disappointed because this looked so good.

  102. 102
    Sara says:

    Just made this last night- I used spiral pasta and mozzarella cheese and it was AMAZING. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!!!!

  103. 103
    Kim says:

    Awesome recipe ! My kid brother who’s 10 and I (13) tried it today and it came out perfect. We loved the fact that it was so easy to make.

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    Elizabeth says:

    Killer recipe! I made it for my mother and sister, and they loved it. My mom was especially surprised at how well it came out.
    Thanks a bunch! -Elizabeth

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    Sarah says:

    Thank you so much! Now I can make it for my son who’s begging for something good these days!

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    Hannah says:

    I tried this and it melt perfectly and it tested wonderful

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    jenni says:

    i was skeptical, but this actually works!

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    It was too peppery!I am the real Jenny!

  115. 115
    LeeAnn says:

    If those who are having clumping problems are shredding their own cheese it may be that it’s lacking whatever powder the commercially shredded cheese is tossed in. It can be anything from cellulose to corn starch or flour, and often contains anti fungal agents as well.

    I sprinkled some flour on my clumped up mess and microwaved it a couple more times. I had used 2% milk! then added a pat of salted butter and cut back on the added kosher salt. The flour did help some and the sauce got fairly creamy. I used 3/4c jack and 1/4c mozzarella since it’s what I had and it’s still clumping, but that’s more likely because of the stringy mozzarella than anything. I think the flour would have fixed it if had only been jack cheese. I pulled out the congealed mozzarella and the rest was pretty tasty!

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    Zenon says:

    Jenny needs to stop deleting negative comments.I am appalled by this act.How is the reader supposed to know what modifications need to be made,if Jenny continues to do this.

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    Grace says:

    🙁 Worst mac and cheese I have ever made.

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    Big John says:

    What about a regular oven I have no use for a microwave!!

  119. 119
    Little John says:

    All Johns use microwaves.

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    Medium sized John says:

    Yeah,Big John all Johns use microwaves.Are you sure you are named John?

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    Betty says:

    This is great! My picky teenager even said “This is good.” I did change the recipe a bit, however. I took other recommendations and used a mixture of 4 cups of cheddar and mozzarella cheese. I had a hard time getting it to mix after the recommended microwaving time, so I put about a tablespoon of cornstarch in about a 1/4 cup cold water and mixed well. I then added about half of it to the mixture (lots of milk in the bottom of the bowl) and microwaved it for a total of 3 minutes more, stirring intermittently. It thickened up quickly and became very creamy! Will make again! Thanks!

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    Colleen says:

    Can you tell me how much 1/2 pound of pasta is in cups? I just made this and it is very milky. Perhaps I didn’t have enough pasta? Also, when you microwave it, is that on high?

  125. 125

    Interesting blog! Is your theme custom made or did you
    download it from somewhere? A design like yours with a few simple
    tweeks would really make my blog shine. Please let me know where you got your design. Appreciate it

  126. 126

    An outstanding share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a coworker who was doing a little homework on this.
    And he actually bought me lunch because I stumbled upon it for him…
    lol. So let me reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending some time to discuss this topic here on your website.

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    Ritu says:

    I really want to try this and it looks quick and easy. But I have a question, can yellow cheese be used as a replacement for cheddar cheese?

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    Niamh says:

    Would cream work instead of milk? I love creamy mac’n’cheese.

  129. 129

    Is it important to use cheddar cheese ?

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    Alisa says:

    Can I use any other cheese ?

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    Alisa says:

    May i use any other cheese ?

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    Michael in Florida says:

    WHOA! EASY ON THE MILK! I did not have pasta made up in the refrigerator so I boiled and drained a half pound of elbows first. I had to pour out 2/3 of the liquid after the first 3 minutes in the microwave! After the last 2 minutes of cooking it was fine and delicious! Just be sure to go easy, very easy on the milk if your pasta has just been drained.

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    Can lower fat or Skim, be used in this? I am not a fan of milk that is more that isn’t skim, with the exception, of almond, coconut or chocolate milk of course! Just curious ,I wouldn’t want to waste the milk.

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    I Am Trying This Mac And Cheese For My Family I Have My Wife,And My Two Sons I Am Making Two Batches

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    5 minutes? Takes longer than that just to make the pasta. Plus I had to dirty another dish to put it in the microwave instead of making sauce in the same one I boiled pasta in. Very stringy and didn’t mix well at all. Better off starting with a roux, making a sauce, and putting it over your pasta.

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    Jules says:

    I`ve just made this for my tea tonight,used the same quantities & ingrediants,result was macaroni swimming in yellow,cheesey liquid,ingrediants needs to state far less milk than listed.

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    I made this recipe exactly as stated but it didn’t come out good. The cheese was so stringy and could ot eat it. I had to throw it all away

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    As a long time dad raising four boys alone, I learned to use whatever I could find in the refer. I have added in weiners cut into 1/2″ pieces and/or summer sausage. I like it with plenty of milk.

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    I found that using packaged yellow American cheese gives you a stronger flavor.

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Welcome to Picky Palate, my online kitchen! You'll usually find me with a cookie in one hand and a salad in the other. It's all about the balance :) The recipes you'll see are my creations. The Picky Palate Cookbook is now available. Enjoy!