How to Make Mac and Cheese Microwave

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Welcome to this tutorial on how to make delicious mac and cheese in the microwave! In this guide, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of preparing this classic comfort food using only your trusty microwave. So let’s get started!


  • 1 cup elbow macaroni
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (optional)
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • A pinch of black pepper (optional)


Step 1: Cooking the Macaroni

In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the elbow macaroni, water, and salt (if desired). Stir well to ensure the macaroni is fully submerged.

Cover the bowl with a microwave-safe plate or microwave-safe plastic wrap. This will help trap steam and cook the pasta evenly.

Microwave the bowl on high power for about 3 minutes. Carefully remove from the microwave and give it a good stir. Be cautious as the bowl may be hot.

Cover it again and return it to the microwave for another 2-3 minutes, or until most of the water has been absorbed by the macaroni. The cooking time may vary depending on your microwave’s wattage, so keep an eye on it.

Step 2: Adding Milk and Cheese

Safely remove the bowl from the microwave and uncover it. Be cautious of the hot steam.

Pour the milk into the bowl, followed by the shredded cheddar cheese. Make sure to distribute the cheese evenly over the macaroni.

Give everything a good stir to combine. The hot macaroni will help melt the cheese, creating a creamy sauce.

Step 3: Final Heating and Seasoning

Cover the bowl once again and return it to the microwave for an additional 1-2 minutes, or until the cheese has fully melted and coats the macaroni nicely.

Once cooked, carefully remove from the microwave. Use oven mitts or a towel as the bowl may be hot.

Give your mac and cheese a final stir to ensure all ingredients are well incorporated. At this point, you can also add a pinch of black pepper for an extra kick of flavor if desired.

Serving Suggestions:

Your homemade microwave mac and cheese is now ready to be enjoyed!

You can serve it as is for a simple yet satisfying meal, or you can get creative by adding toppings like crispy bacon bits, chopped green onions, or even some diced tomatoes for added freshness.

Remember to let it cool for a minute or two before diving in, as it will be very hot!


Making mac and cheese in the microwave is not only quick and convenient but also results in a deliciously creamy dish. With just a few simple ingredients and some careful timing, you can enjoy this classic comfort food anytime you want.

So go ahead, give this recipe a try, and savor every cheesy bite!

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