How to Cook Kraft Macaroni in the Microwave

Although a macaroni-and-cheese dish actually takes a little longer to cook in the microwave than it does when you are following the stove-top directions, knowing how to prepare the cheesy-noodle dinner in a microwave comes in handy for those cooking in a college dorm or office break-room setting. In the past, Kraft included microwave instructions alongside the stove-top instructions on its family-sized 14.5-oz. box of macaroni-and-cheese dinner, but after the individual microwave bowls of macaroni came out, Kraft removed the microwave directions from its other products.

Macaroni and cheese
Two bowls of macaroni and cheese. (Image: arinahabich/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 1

Add 1 ¾ cups of hot water and the macaroni noodles from one family-sized, 14.5-oz. box of macaroni and cheese to a 1-qt. microwave-safe casserole dish.

Step 2

Microwave the noodles on high, uncovered for eight minutes or until the water is absorbed. Stop the microwave every three minutes to stir the noodles and water.

Step 3

Remove the cooked noodles from the microwave and stir in 3 tbsp. of butter or margarine, ¼ cup of milk and the package of powdered cheese until the noodles are evenly coated in cheese sauce.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 qt. microwave-safe casserole dish

  • 3 tbsp. margarine or butter

  • ¼ cup milk


Add tomatoes, peas, broccoli, chicken, ham or any combination of additional vegetables and protein for a true one-dish meal.

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