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5 Minute Homemade Mac and Cheese

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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!


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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    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.

  2. 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!!!!

  3. 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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  5. 105
    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

  6. 106
    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!

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    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!

  16. 116
    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.

  17. 117
    Grace says:

    🙁 Worst mac and cheese I have ever made.

  18. 118
    Big John says:

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

  19. 119
    Little John says:

    All Johns use microwaves.

  20. 120
    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!

  24. 124
    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?

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  26. 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.

  27. 127
    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?

  28. 128
    Niamh says:

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

  29. 129

    Is it important to use cheddar cheese ?

  30. 130
    Alisa says:

    Can I use any other cheese ?

  31. 131
    Alisa says:

    May i use any other cheese ?

  32. 132
    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.

  33. 133
    Toni says:

    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.

  34. 134
    Epic_Skivins says:

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

  35. 135
    Michael says:

    Me Too


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    Norm says:

    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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    Lillian says:

    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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    Dave Mckee says:

    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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