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Spilled Milk Macaroni and Cheese

photo of a spoonful of Macaroni and Cheese
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.
photo of a mug of macaroni and cheese
When cooking the noodles in the microwave, the water will boil over. The same thing happens with the milk. Hence the name.
Macaroni and Cheese
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.

Spilled Milk Macaroni and Cheese

Servings: 1
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes
Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Even with the spilled milk this macaroni and cheese is delicious. And super easy. 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.


  • 1/3 cup elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup 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.


Serving: 1mug, Calories: 442kcal, Carbohydrates: 41g, Protein: 24g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Sodium: 405mg, Potassium: 350mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 7g, NET CARBS: 40g

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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11 comments on “Spilled Milk Macaroni and Cheese”

  1. 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.

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

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

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

  4. 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.

  5. Oh wow…that easy?! I love it! 😀

  6. What a cute idea!

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