Microwave Macaroni and Cheese


Learn how to cook macaroni in the microwave with this nice 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 heartier meal.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 8 ounces macaroni

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 2 ½ tablespoons chopped onion

  • 16 ounces cubed processed cheese food

  • ¾ cup milk

  • salt to taste

  • ground black pepper to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook macaroni pasta in boiling water until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.

  2. Place butter and onions in a 2-quart microwave-safe covered casserole dish; cook on high in the microwave for 3 to 4 minutes.

  3. Add pasta, cubed cheese, and milk to the casserole dish; stir. Cook on high in the microwave for 11 to 12 minutes, stirring well after 4, 8, and 11 minutes. Mixture will still be runny at this stage. Season with salt and pepper.

  4. Let stand for 5 to 8 minutes before serving; sauce will thicken as it cools.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

659 Calories
35g Fat
54g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 659
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 35g 45%
Saturated Fat 22g 109%
Cholesterol 92mg 31%
Sodium 1159mg 50%
Total Carbohydrate 54g 20%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 632mg 49%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 616mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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