I’m not usually good at coming up names for recipes, but this one came to me easily.

If you are the kind of person to cry over spilled milk, this recipe may not be for you.

But even with the spilled milk, it’s delicious. And super easy. I took the 5 Minute Mug Macaroni and Cheese recipe and combined it with a four ingredient macaroni and cheese recipe. Rather than cooking the macaroni noodles in water first, I directly cooked them with milk in the microwave. The recipe is ready in about 4 minutes.

When cooking the noodles in the microwave, the water will boil over. The same thing happens with the milk. Hence the name.

It’s a little bit more of a mess to clean up, but not too bad. And it’s not too much milk if you use a big enough mug. Another alternative may be to place the mug inside a plate or bowl so that the milk spills into there rather than directly onto the microwave floor.

I don’t think I’ll ever need to buy instant macaroni and cheese again.

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Spilled Milk Macaroni and Cheese


1/3 cup elbow macaroni
1/2 cup lowfat or skim milk
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese


Pour elbow and milk in an oversized mug. Microwave for 2 minutes. Milk will spill out during cooking so you may want to be something underneath the mug to catch the milk. Stir and check. If there is still a lot of milk and noodles are not cooked, microwave at additional 30 second intervals. Mine was down at 2 minutes 30 seconds. Add in cheese and stir. Microwave for an additional 20 seconds and then stir until cheese is fully mixed in with the noodles.


11 Responses to “Spilled Milk Macaroni and Cheese”

  1. Kay — August 9, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    What a cute idea!

  2. Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen — August 9, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Oh wow…that easy?! I love it! :D

    • Kirbie replied: — August 10th, 2012 @ 8:50 am

      Yup! Tastes a lot like instant mac. =)

  3. Kevin R. from KC — August 10, 2012 at 6:21 am

    I am definately trying this. Sounds great. I wonder if adding butter to the milk and would stop it from boiling over. It helps when I cook rice.

    • Kirbie replied: — August 10th, 2012 @ 8:54 am

      Hmm, I’m not sure. I’ll have to try it out!

  4. Agus — August 16, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Saving this recipe for university lol I think I am going to need it!

    • Kirbie replied: — August 16th, 2012 @ 3:10 pm

      I wish I had known about these microwave recipes during my college days!

  5. lynna — August 28, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    looks so easy, i’m excited to try it! :>

    • Kirbie replied: — August 28th, 2013 @ 8:55 pm

      It is super easy! Though to avoid spilled milk cleanup you might want to put the cup inside a larger bowl before microwaving

  6. Amalia — June 7, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    I like this more than instant mac and cheese, actually. Probably because the cheese is real. I topped it with some bread crumbs before putting it in for the final 20 seconds so it tasted like baked mac and cheese that my grandma used to make.

    • Kirbie replied: — June 8th, 2014 @ 9:06 pm

      what a great idea!

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