Homemade Kraft Easy Mac Recipe

Meaghan Mountford | The Decorated Cookie

Homemade Kraft Easy Mac won't let you down when you're in a pinch. All it takes is a few minutes, and you're done!

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Mac and cheese is perhaps my number one desert-island food. Mixed from a box, crafted from a roux, or served in the finest of restaurants, I’ll take it all. I make my own, to be sure, and add fancy ingredients like Gruyere and beer. (Really, I add beer to my mac and cheese, and it makes it fancy, not to mention crazy delicious.)

But when you can get creamy, oh-my-gosh-so-good, cheesiest-ever mac and cheese in minutes from the microwave, well, yeah. I’m going to do that.

For those no stranger to the boxed-food aisle, when you need lunch or a snack or dinner in minutes, there’s Easy Mac. Grab a container, add some water and stick it in the microwave.

Ta da. Done.

I know. But this recipe? It’s even more addictive and just as fast to make. Plus, it’s only three ingredients and it’s homemade.

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Make a batch in the microwave, then divide what you don’t eat right away into pint-size mason jars or Tupperware containers. Refrigerate, and when you need said lunch or snack or dinner over the next few days, just remove the lid of the mason jar (or crack the lid of the Tupperware container) and stick it in the microwave.

Easy. Mac.

If Velveeta isn’t your thing, I understand (see “Gruyere” above). You may substitute freshly-shredded cheddar cheese for the Velveeta in this recipe. The magic of Velveeta is that it melts so well and makes for a super creamy mac and cheese, but shredded cheddar will work too.

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Or a mixture of your favorite cheeses for mac and cheese. Do use a large bowl to make this, even if it fits in a smaller one.

The water boils up when cooking the pasta, so the larger bowl helps prevent the water from boiling up and then over.

So if the kids are clamoring for mac and cheese, now, now, now, then you actually can give them mac and cheese now, now, now. And tomorrow and the next day.

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Although if they are that demanding, I might not let them know how quickly I made the stuff. No, I might hang out in the kitchen with my book and glass of wine and shout “soon, soon!” 

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Homemade Kraft Easy Mac Recipe

    6 Servings


  • 2 cups Uncooked Elbow Noodles
  • pinch of Salt
  • 3/4 pound Velveeta Cheese, Cubed, or 3/4 pound freshly shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup Milk
  • Black Pepper, Optional


  1. In a large microwave-safe bowl place the macaroni. Add water to the bowl to just cover the macaroni. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt.
  2. Microwave the macaroni on high for two minutes. Stir and continue to microwave at two minute intervals until the macaroni is cooked al dente. If the pasta absorbs all the water before being cooked, add more water. If there is additional water remaining when cooked, drain the pasta and return to the bowl.
  3. Stir in the Velveeta and milk. Microwave for 30 seconds on high, stir, and continue to melt for another 30 seconds or just until the Velveeta melts. Stir well. Sprinkle with black pepper, if desired.
  4. Divide the macaroni into six microwave-safe containers and store in the refrigerator until ready to reheat and eat. 


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Author: Meaghan Mountford
Recipe Yields: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 68
Calories 307

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g
  Saturated Fat 4g
Sodium 828mg
Total Carbohydrate 33g
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 5g
Protein 13g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Meaghan Mountford

About Meaghan

Meaghan makes lots of fun and amazing treats on The Decorated Cookie. We're especially excited, because she's making Copycat Desserts for Food Fanatic!

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