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Copycat “Easy Mac” { microwave macaroni and cheese recipe }

DIY Easy Mac! This microwave macaroni and cheese recipe makes it easy to make your favorite treat at home. And you’ll know what’s in it.

DIY Easy Mac! This Microwave Macaroni and Cheese Recipe is so easy!  On RachelCooks.com

It’s a little embarrassing how much Easy Mac I ate when I was in college. And when I say “a little embarrassing,” I mean “a lot embarrassing.”

I had (still have!) this big gigantic blue mug and that was my Easy Mac mug. It was a frequent late-night study snack in the dorm and we all know late night snacks (especially ones made out of pasta and cheese powder) aren’t good for your waistline. Hellllllo Freshman 15!

But obviously, when Brandy and I planned Mac and Cheese Mania, I had to make a DIY version of one of my favorite snacks in college.

Easy-Mac-600 (10 of 10)

All you need is pasta, water, a microwave safe bowl (you could win one of those green bowls if you link up your recipe!), milk and sharp cheddar. You can’t take a shortcut and buy pregrated cheese for this recipe. You’ll end up with one big blob of cheese that doesn’t coat the pasta at all.

Easy-Mac-600 (5 of 10)


Take it from me. I know.

DIY Easy Mac on RachelCooks.com

Yes — it doesn’t look exactly like the blue box version. This is a good thing, my friends. High quality sharp white cheddar makes this a very tasty replacement to my blue box love (which I still love, mind you.)

Easy-Mac-600 (6 of 10)

This is also a really easy quick lunch. With two toddlers, this is a very good thing. Pop it in the microwave while you slice some veggies and cut up some fruit and you have a well balanced meal for your cute little one. Or yourself.

Easy-Mac-600 (9 of 10)

I used this awesome Grate and Slice Set from OXO to prep this recipe. OXO is one of our sponsors for Mac and Cheese Mania and this slicer/grater makes grating cheese so easy. Plus it grates right into a  container for easy measuring. No more messy grating.

Easy-Mac-600 (8 of 10)

I also used OXO’s pepper mill when I was seasoning this DIY Easy Mac. I’m completely smitten with these salt and pepper mills. First of all, they sit upright (turn them over to grind the salt and pepper) so you’re not left with little piles of salt and pepper everywhere you set these down. Secondly, they easily adjust to customize size of grind you want. See the little dots? You just adjust it to what you want. No more guessing games. Plus they look great sitting on my table. I may or may not be excessively using salt and pepper just to use these grinders.

Easy-Mac-600 (7 of 10)

So if you’re wondering what to eat for lunch today, wonder no more. Make this microwave macaroni and cheese recipe and you’ll have a happy belly.

Easy-Mac-600 (3 of 10)


And if you’re still craving more — my cohost for Mac and Cheese Mania made an extremely tempting Five Cheese Macaroni and Cheese today.

Mac and Cheese Mania

Make sure to head over to Mac and Cheese Mania t0 see what prizes are up for grabs and find out how easy it is to enter to win! 


Copycat “Easy Mac” {microwave macaroni and cheese recipe}

Yield: 1 serving

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 6 minutes

Total Time: 11 minutes

DIY Easy Mac! This microwave macaroni and cheese recipe makes it easy to make your favorite treat at home. And you'll know what's in it.


  • 1/3 cup macaroni
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp white cheddar cheese (do NOT use pre-shredded)


  1. In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine the pasta and the water. Microwave on high for two minutes and then stir. Microwave for two more minutes, stir again. Microwave for 1-2 more minutes or until the water is absorbed and the pasta is cooked. Watch carefully so it does not burn. Add milk and cheese, stir to combine. Return to microwave and heat in one minute intervals, stirring well between each interval until macaroni and cheese is thickened and creamy.
  2. Eat immediately.

adapted from Babble

 Disclosure: OXO is a sponsor for Mac and Cheese Mania. Thank you for supporting brands I love and allowing me to continue doing what I love to do.


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19 Responses to “Copycat “Easy Mac” { microwave macaroni and cheese recipe }”

  1. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — February 28, 2014 at 8:03 am

    Home made mac n’ cheese in the micro? Love this!
    You may have just changed my lunch identiy forever.

  2. Kim | Just For Clicks — February 28, 2014 at 8:26 am

    There is NOTHING better than good mac ‘n cheese! I love the simplicity of this recipe & am thinking it would be a great one for my (middle school aged) kiddos to make. It’s been a great series! Happy Friday Friend!!

  3. denise — February 28, 2014 at 9:02 am

    sounds good

  4. Sheila — February 28, 2014 at 9:22 am

    I agree you can not use the preshredded cheese it doesn’t work! I need me that grater and the salt and pepper grinder thingys!! What a fun week! I still need to get around to all the blogs, thanks for putting this together. xox, Sheila

  5. Laurie {Simply Scratch} — February 28, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Hello brilliant recipe! I must make you. 🙂

  6. Liz @ Virtually Homemade — February 28, 2014 at 10:02 am

    How can this be so easy?! Mac and cheese is the number one college food – wish I had this recipe then!

  7. Anna@CrunchyCreamySweet — February 28, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    This is crazy easy! Us moms need recipes like this! Sharing!

  8. Joanne — March 1, 2014 at 7:35 am

    Well I love that this is NOT weirdo orange colored! And that it is crazy easy cheesy delicious. Made with real cheese to boot. This gives easy mac a run for its money!

  9. Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — March 1, 2014 at 10:23 am

    I’m a mac and cheese lush, and sometimes I want just a little individual serving, this is PERFECT! So creamy!

  10. Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out — March 1, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    My stomach just growled while reading this. Like, really. *how embarrassing*

  11. Paula – bell’alimento — March 1, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    Homemade mac and cheese in the microwave … woohoo! My kids will love this!

  12. Jordan — October 18, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Made this for my son for a fast dinner last night! He liked it.

    We happened to only have gluten-free macaroni in the pantry, and it absorbed the water before it was done cooking, so I added another 1/4 c of water. It also stuck badly, so I’d only heat for a minute or less between stirrings.

    We used pregrated cheese without any problems, but it wasn’t the mini-grated kind, and I made sure to stir it in well as I added it. Had to heat it a several times to get it thick enough.

  13. Audrey — January 13, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Tried this for lunch today…it didn’t turn out at all 🙁 I grated my own cheese and still ended up with a “cheese ball.” I thought maybe as I continued to heat it in the 1 minute intervals that it would melt more and combine better but I just ended up with overcooked noodles and a rubber-like ball of cheese :/

  14. erika — February 5, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    Is there a way to make a larger size version of this so that it makes more than a single serving? How would you triple this recipe maybe? I’m looking for about one box of Velveeta serving size.


    • Rachel Gurk — February 5th, 2015 @ 8:59 pm

      Since this is a copycat of the easy mac, it is a single serving. I’m not sure how it would turn out tripled since I have not tested it. Worth a try though!

  15. michael — August 30, 2015 at 5:23 am

    can you double this ?

    because i like to eat

    • Rachel Gurk — August 31st, 2015 @ 7:19 am

      I don’t see why not! Just make sure you have a nice big bowl.


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