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Microwave Mac and Cheese

  • Prep 5 min
  • Total 30 min
  • Servings 4

This rich and creamy mac and cheese is ready in 30 minutes, thanks to your microwave. The best part? Our shortcut version is almost totally hands off. MORE + LESS -

Ingredients

4
cups water
2
cups uncooked elbow macaroni
1
package (8 oz) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (2 cups)
1
cup milk
4
tablespoons butter
1/4
teaspoon salt

Steps

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  • 1
    In 2-quart microwavable bowl, mix water and macaroni. Microwave uncovered on High 11 to 15 minutes, stirring once, until pasta reaches desired tenderness. Drain; remove from bowl, and set aside.
  • 2
    In same bowl, mix cheese, milk, butter and salt. Microwave uncovered on High 3 to 5 minutes or until cheese and butter melt and mixture can be stirred smooth with whisk.
  • 3
    Stir in macaroni. Let stand 2 minutes, then stir again. Serve immediately.

Expert Tips

  • Experiment with other shredded cheeses such as Mexican blend, Colby or Gouda. But avoid Parmesan and mozzarella. Parmesan doesn’t melt well, and mozzarella tends to clump.
  • For best results, use 2% or whole milk.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
640
Calories from Fat
300
% Daily Value
Total Fat
34g
52%
Saturated Fat
19g
97%
Trans Fat
1g
Cholesterol
95mg
31%
Sodium
640mg
27%
Potassium
210mg
6%
Total Carbohydrate
59g
20%
Dietary Fiber
3g
13%
Sugars
4g
Protein
26g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
20%
20%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
50%
50%
Iron
15%
15%
Exchanges:
4 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 2 High-Fat Meat; 3 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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