A nice microwave alternative to baked macaroni and cheese. Vary the recipe by using farfalle, fusilli, or rotini pasta. You may add cooked chicken or tuna to this recipe for a more hearty meal.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
5 mins
total:
25 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large pot with boiling salted water cook the elbow macaroni until al dente. Drain and set aside.

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  • In a 2-quart microwave-safe covered casserole dish, cook the onions and butter or margarine on high for 3 to 4 minutes.

  • Add the cooked and drained pasta, milk, and cubed cheese and stir. Cook for 11 to 12 minutes on high, stirring well after 4, 8, and 11 minutes. The mixture will still be runny at this stage. Add salt and pepper to taste.

  • Let stand for 5-8 minutes before serving. The sauce will thicken as it cools slightly.

Nutrition Facts

659 calories; protein 31.2g 63% DV; carbohydrates 54g 17% DV; fat 35.2g 54% DV; cholesterol 91.5mg 31% DV; sodium 1158.7mg 46% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2008
this was good even though i completely switched some things around. i didnt use any spices and i just combined the macaroni and some sour cream along with some sharp cheddar (didnt have any processed cheese) and it came out really gooey and good! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
07/25/2008
This tasted way too much like the processed cheese. Too much cheese that overpowered the whole dish. I will not make again. Read More
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31 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 20
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2008
this was good even though i completely switched some things around. i didnt use any spices and i just combined the macaroni and some sour cream along with some sharp cheddar (didnt have any processed cheese) and it came out really gooey and good! Read More
(33)
Rating: 5 stars
04/15/2007
I'm rating this based on time and ease to prepare. It's almost as good as my baked recipe that takes 4 times as long. I didn't have an onion and my kids are big on onion anyway so I used onion powder instead to give it some flavor. My 3 kids and husband ate it up! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/06/2007
This was great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My children loved it so so much! Two thumbs up!!!!!!! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
07/25/2008
This tasted way too much like the processed cheese. Too much cheese that overpowered the whole dish. I will not make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/12/2013
If I said that I much preferred a much more involved macaroni and cheese that required making a white sauce adding a variety of cheeses spices herbs or other add-ins or seasonings topping it with crispy buttery bread crumbs and/or baking it I d be lying. This is delicious plain and simple. I prepared it on the stove-top which for me was no more difficult than nuking it. I also added some King Arthur s Vermont Cheddar Cheese Powder (good stuff by the way). This is creamy smooth rich cheesy and delicious. I don t know how choosing a more complicated recipe could make it any better than that. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/25/2006
Simple but not enough cheese. The edges were dry and crispy. Modifications needed. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2007
I loved the creamy texture! I added lima beans for color and extra value. I had frozen chopped onions instead of fresh. Very easy. Looks like I worked a lot harder! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/24/2006
This was really good. I liked how it was simple and quick. I added cooked chopped broccoli to mine and a little garlic salt. I'll be making this again with chicken. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/11/2005
mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!! this is a truly great recipe. Quick and simple! thanks so much. Read More
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