Baked No Boil Mac and Cheese

Baked No Boil Mac and Cheese

In my humble opinion, nothing says comfort food like macaroni and cheese.  This version is baked, beginning with uncooked macaroni.  Not cooking the macaroni first saves some hands on time.  This helps to get dinner on the table while you are busy helping the kids with homework or working on that report for work.    The best part is that this recipe for Baked No Boil Mac and Cheese isn’t just simple to prepare.  It tastes delicious, too.

Don’t take my word for it.  Food Critic is sort of a Mac and Cheese snob, and he loved this one, too.   Baked No Boil Mac and cheese

I loved that everything was mixed together in one pan.  One pan meals mean easy clean up.Baked No Boil Mac and Cheese

Once everything was mixed together, the pan that was sealed and covered with foil before going into the oven.  Try to make certain that all of your pasta is completely submerged in the liquid, and carefully seal the foil around the edges to hold in the moisture.

Baked No Boil Mac and Cheese

While the Mac and Cheese baked, I had 50 minutes to do whatever I needed to do–help with homework or start on that report.

Baked No Boil Mac and Cheese

At the end of 50 minutes, the macaroni and cheese didn’t look very pretty, but I was going to sprinkle on more cheese anyway.

Fifteen minutes later, there was a picture perfect pan of Mac and cheese ready for the table. The final baking time gives you an opportunity to make a salad or cook a vegetable to go with your Mac and Cheese.

Baked No Boil Mac and Cheese

Give our recipe for Baked No Boil Mac and Cheese a try and let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.

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Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Recipe type: Pasta Entree
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Serves: 8
Baked macaroni and cheese without boiling the pasta first, is a simple and delicious option for a weeknight dinner. This version uses canned evaporated milk which adds creaminess without adding extra fat. If you're not a fan of evaporated milk, you can substitute 3 cups of milk, or half and half, in place of the canned milk without sacrificing flavor. Total Cost of Recipe = $6.46 or $0.81 per serving.
  • 2 tablespoons butter ($0.28)
  • 1 pound of elbow macaroni ($0.88)
  • 2 (12 ounce) cans of evaporated milk ($2.00)
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided ($3.21)
  • ½ teaspoon salt ($0.02)
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper ($0.03)
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard ($0.04)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Melt butter in a 13 X 9 inch baking pan.
  3. Add macaroni to melted butter in pan and toss well to coat macaroni with butter.
  4. Add evaporated milk, water, 2 cups shredded cheese, salt, pepper, and dry mustard to pan with macaroni and stir to mix ingredients.
  5. Cover pan with aluminum foil.
  6. Bake for 45 - 50 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and remove foil.
  8. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup shredded cheese over top of pan
  9. Return to oven and bake for an additional 10 - 15 minutes until cheese is melted and beginning to brown.

Baked No Boil Mac and Cheese--Uncooked Elbow macaroni is mixed with the other ingredients beofer baking to simplify home made macaroni and cheese.

Nutrition Grade:  C+

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 522
% Daily Value
Total Fat 24.3g
Saturated Fat 14.8g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 77mg
Sodium 525mg
Total Carbohydrates 51.5g
Dietary Fiber 1.9g
Sugars 10.3g
Protein 23.8g
Vitamin A 14%
Vitamin C 3%
Calcium 54%
Iron 13%


10 thoughts on “Baked No Boil Mac and Cheese

    1. Angie,
      I agree that all Mac and Cheese is good, but my youngest son, Food Critic, has definite opinions about what is an acceptable Mac and Cheese.

    1. The crunchy part on top is my favorite, too. I love to eat the corners and edges. I’m sad if I get a middle piece.

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