Homemade Microwave Easy Mac and Cheese

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Homemade microwave easily macintosh and cheese is a aristocratic nod to the microwavable cups therefore many people have known and loved–minus all the things about those that you don ’ t need ( hello preservatives ). A simple cheese base is stirred in to hot pasta and transforms into a creamy agile side dish or bite .
a bowl of easy mac and cheese with a fork
This mail is separate of our debris food remakes series on YouTube. To see me make this homemade easy macintosh recipe in it ’ s entirety, visit me there !
Microwaveable macintosh and cheese is a practically a food group for some people–especially kids and others who merely can ’ t seem to eat an entire larger box of their favorite comfort food .
And it might seem ace convenient at first : just add water, stimulate it up, and microwave it. But on closer inspection the ingredient list gets sort of…bogged down. If you ’ d like to see what ’ randomness in the store bought interpretation, here ’ s a abbreviated outline of the cheese sauce mix :
“ Cheese Sauce Mix ( Whey, Maltodextrin, Milk, Corn Syrup Solids, Palm Oil, Modified Food Starch, Milkfat, Salt, Milk Protein Concentrate, Contains Less Than 2 % Of Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Medium Chain Triglycerides, Dried Buttermilk, Sodium Phosphate, Citric Acid, Cream, High Acid Whey, Lactic Acid, Calcium Phosphate, Guar Gum, cheese Culture, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Autolyzed Yeast, Torula Yeast, Enzymes, Dried Yeast, Natural Flavor ) ; Modified Food Starch, Maltodextrin, Potassium Chloride, Acetylated Monoglycerides, Salt, Medium Chain Triglycerides, Apocarotenal ( Color ). ”
region of my goal with whatever packaged food I buy is to try to stick to ingredients that I would probable have in my pantry right now. And based on that list, I don ’ t have about 75 % of that farce .
That doesn ’ deoxythymidine monophosphate bastardly that microwavable easy macintosh is going to put you in an early grave accent, but it sure doesn ’ metric ton pass the examination for us .

How to make the best homemade easy mac and cheese in the microwave

I had my doubts about this starting out ( I was pleasantly surprised with the result though ! ) and I ’ ll tell you two things up front :

  1. It could be cheesier. If you want more cheese in your mixture than what I did, go ahead and add it.
  2. This doesn’t taste one tad bit like the factory made stuff so just don’t even go there. It’s delicious. But don’t compare the two. This is very apples to oranges.

Make the cheese sauce base

We ’ ll start by making a tall mallow concoction establish. This base can live in your deep-freeze for good knows how long–6 months at least. Just take out a scoop and add it to your hot pasta and stimulate till it melts in .
I ’ molarity 99 % sure it ’ s some kind of miracle. besides :

  • Use the smallest pasta you can. I used miniature penne but something like ditalini would work too. If you can get any pasta that’s small and thin like what’s in the Kraft boxes, absolutely get it. If you use a large pasta it won’t cook in the allotted time.
  • Feel free to change the cheeses (we’re using just cheddar here) but you could do parmesan and dried herbs (think Pasta Roni) or another cheese of your choice.
  • Bump up the dried mustard if you feel like it needs that kick.
  • Cook your pasta in an extra large glass container. If you’re making 2 cups of pasta, use at least a 4 cup container. It may boil over in your microwave.

Want more homemade junk food recipes ? Watch the debris food remakes series on YouTube now ! You can besides check out my gooey bum homemade hot pockets ( television # 1 in the series here ) .

Check out my other homemade macaroni and cheese recipes too:

baked macaroni and tall mallow, blue baked macaroni and cheese, stovetop macintosh and tall mallow, and baked macaroni and cheese with tomatoes .
a bowl of easy mac and cheese with a fork

Homemade Easy Mac and Cheese in the Microwave

Tired of buying those factory made just-add-water cups of mac and cheese? Make it at home, make it yourself and make it even better with hardly any extra work. 

Prep Time

10

minutes

Cook Time

10

minutes

Total Time

20

minutes

Servings

5

people

Author

Rachel Ballard

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Ingredients  

For the cheese sauce mixture

  • 3 cups powdered milk
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 3 cups sharply cheddar cheese grated

For the pasta

Instructions 

Mix the cheese sauce mixture

  • In a large bowl, blend the powdered milk and all remaining ingredients together in a bowl or air tight container. If not using right away, store in the freezer for up to 6 months. 

To make the mac and cheese

  • In a large microwave safe container that’s at least twice as big as you need, add the water, butter, salt and pasta. 

  • Microwave for 10 minutes, stopping to stir halfway through. 

  • Carefully remove the container from the microwave. There should be a couple of tablespoons of water still in the bottom of your pasta. If not, add a couple of tablespoons. 

  • Measure 1/3 cup of the cheese sauce mixture and add to hot pasta. Stir until the cheese melts, a minute or two. Add extra salt to taste if needed. Serve warm. 

Nutrition

Calories:

785

kcal

Carbohydrates:

53

g

Protein:

40

g

Fat:

45

g

Saturated Fat:

28

g

Cholesterol:

151

mg

Sodium:

1196

mg

Potassium:

1138

mg

Sugar:

30

g

Vitamin A:

1465

IU

Vitamin C:

6.6

mg

Calcium:

1196

mg

Iron:

1.2

mg

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Course

Main Course

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Cuisine

American