Quick & Creamy Macaroni & Cheese Recipe: This Easy Homemade Mac & Cheese Recipe Beats the Box by Dawn Taylor

Quick & Creamy Macaroni & Cheese Recipe: This Easy Homemade Mac & Cheese Recipe Beats the Box

My kids love macaroni and cheese, but I was finding the convenience and box versions so full of salt and additives that I started making my own homemade mac and cheese. It is so easy, takes just 15 minutes and does not involve baking or heating the cheeses and milk. My kids love this macaroni and cheese recipe and it takes no time at all to get dinner on the table. Win-win!

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Servings: 4 to 6


  • 1 box elbow macaroni
  • 1 box (8 ounces) cream cheese
  • 2 - 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • grated Parmesan cheese (I use the shaker kind)

Here's how to make it:

  1. Put the cream cheese into a casserole dish so it softens while you boil the macaroni. 
  2. Cook the elbow macaroni according to package directions (I cook it about 10 minutes). Rinse and drain well, then pour it into the casserole dish. 
  3. Stir the cream cheese and macaroni together until well blended. 
  4. Add butter, milk and shredded cheese. (Add these ingredients a little at a time so you can adjust the amounts to your preference.) Mix well. 
  5. Top with grated Parmesan cheese and a little salt and pepper. Done!

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Donna John
Yum! Definitely trying this recipe. Dawn Taylor
Elisa Schmitz
OMG, such creamy goodness, Dawn Taylor . I must try it!
Dawn Taylor
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds You must! I just threw it together tonight for my daughters double sleepover! Here’s proof! It took ten minutes!
Elisa Schmitz
This recipe is amazing, Dawn Taylor . My mouth is watering! #yum Donna John

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