Microwave mac ’n’ cheese

Microwave mac ’n’ cheese

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(9 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 7 mins plus standing


Serves 1

Pasta, pronto! Jack Monroe's easiest ever macaroni and cheese makes a delicious solo supper or packed lunch – just pop it in the microwave at work

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal601
  • fat27g
  • saturates17g
  • carbs55g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre5g
  • protein31g
  • salt1.8g
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  • 75g macaroni or other pasta
  • 250ml cold chicken stock, milk or water
  • 2 tsp butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 50g cheddar, grated



    Once cheddar was 'Cheddar', a large, hard-pressed barrel of cheese made by a particular…

  • handful of spinach or ½ tsp Marmite (optional)



    Used in almost every cuisine across the world, spinach is an enormously popular green vegetable…


  1. Find a mug that holds twice the volume of your dry pasta – the bigger, the better. Add the macaroni and your liquid of choice. Cover with cling film and pierce 3 times. Stand the mug in a microwave-proof bowl to catch any spillages, and cook in the microwave on High for 2 mins. The liquid will bubble up and over the sides, so tip any liquid from the bowl back into the mug (be careful as it will be very hot) and give it a good stir. Leave to stand for 1 min.

  2. Repeat twice more or until the pasta is cooked (it may take longer depending on the pasta), then remove from the microwave. Stir through the butter, cheese and spinach or Marmite, if using. The heat from the pasta should melt the cheese and wilt the spinach, but if not, pop back in the microwave for 30 secs.

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lauren28052007's picture
12th Apr, 2019
I made this with bovril and shop bought grated cheese. The cheese melted in a clump which meant it did not bind into a sauce like it should so the pasta would have been tasteless with bovril. If I'd have grated my own cheddar, it probably would have worked better, or else just poured tomato paste in to make a tomato pasta
18th Dec, 2015
24th Nov, 2015
I have only given this 2 stars because it is not the best mac and cheese recipe I have tried. I just made this for dinner and I think I may have ruined my mug and bowl due to over boiling the milk. The stopping and starting of the microwave made this recipe very difficult to work with. Taste wise I would give it maybe a 3/4 but I would suggest cooking the pasta in a pan with whatever liquid you choose then adding the cheese and spinach. This is what I will be doing in future so as not to make a complete mess of my kitchen.
MVanit's picture
26th Aug, 2017
Thanks for the tips. I'm wondering about the mess from the soup also.
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lauren28052007's picture
12th Apr, 2019
Grate your own cheese or else forget cheese and add tomato paste because using ready-grated cheese DOES NOT WORK!!!
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