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No Boil Mac and Cheese

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No boil mac and cheese is completely cooked in the oven. You don’t have to boil the noodles first. Just load everything in the pan and let it bake to creamy no boil macaroni and cheese perfection!

baking dish filled with cheesy macaroni and cheese

Make cheesy creamy mac and cheese without boiling the noodles first. There’s no cheese sauce to make either. 

Just dump the ingredients in the pan and let the oven do the work.  This is the easiest mac and cheese recipe you’ll find and it’s delicious too! 

It’s a perfect filling side dish for almost any meal. It is also a great meatless entrée if you would like.

Have you ever had one of those days where you can’t handle one more thing? You know the kind where things feel overwhelming or the schedule is so full that you can’t fathom adding one more thing to the day.

I love to cook. Everything from simple to more intense labor (and dirty dish!) filled recipes. 

But sometimes even I can’t take one extra step in the kitchen. Those are the days where boiling and draining pasta seems like too much.

Tell me you’ve been there too! Days like that one pot pasta recipes come in handy because it all cooks together.

We love dinners like one pot taco pasta and one pot abc (asparagus, bacon and chicken) pasta for just that reason.  You don’t have to wait for the water to boil or for the macaroni noodles to cook before you move to the next step.

Plus the starch from the pasta helps thicken the sauce, which means you don’t have to mess with making a bechamel sauce. The meal and the cook are working together in unison to make a delicious and easy dinner.

child's hand sprinkling cheese into pan of milk and pasta mixture for no boil mac and cheese.

So when Nicole from Tales of a Kansas Farm Mom mentioned her favorite macaroni and cheese recipe was baked but no-boil during an intense macaroni and cheese conversation on Facebook, I had to check it out. I had a feeling we were going to like it.

In general we like a creamy stovetop macaroni and cheese. Luckily we are not so set in our ways that we can’t appreciate a good baked macaroni and cheese. We actually enjoy the “challenge” of trying new recipes.

plate of mac and cheese with grapes and pulled pork sandwich.

Honestly, it doesn’t get any easier than this either. That is always helpful, whether you are having one of “those days” or not.

Just throw it together and bake it. It does take a little time in the oven, but that gives you time to make the rest of the meal.

Or fold some laundry.

Or relax for a bit?!

The results are cheesy and delicious. I’m not sure it took over our top spot. We still love super creamy stove top macaroni and cheese in all of its forms. But we will certainly be enjoying it again!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I double this recipe?

Yes, we have doubled this recipe several times when we are feeding a larger crowd. Just double the ingredients and bake it in a 9×13 dish.

What kind of cheese can I use for mac and cheese?

We usually use sharp cheddar cheese for this recipe because the flavor and texture are great for macaroni and cheese. However, you can combine cheeses or substitute another kind of cheese as long as it is a good melting cheese. Use American cheese or half mozzarella and half sharp cheddar for a milder super cheesy mac. Try using gruyere if you are looking for something different. Or use some pepper jack if you want to add a little zip.

Can I add a crunchy topping?

Yes! Add bread crumbs or cracker crumbs at the end when you add the extra cheese.

More no boil pasta recipes:

No boil cheesy pasta bake is a dump and bake main dish that has all of the flavor of your favorite pasta dishes with no time spent over the stove. It’s the perfect mix of pasta, cheese, sausage and sauce without any of the effort!

Enjoy all of the goodness of baked ziti with a fraction of the prep work! You don’t have to boil the noodles or brown the meat, just layer it up and bake it to perfection. 

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spoon lifting scoop of no boil mac & cheese out of pan

No Boil Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

This mac and cheese is completely cooked in the oven. You don't have to boil the noodles first. Just load everything in the pan and let it bake to creamy no boil macaroni and cheese perfection!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups uncooked pasta
  • 3.5 cups whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2.5 cups cheddar cheese, divided

Instructions

    1. Preheat you oven to 350°F and spray an 8-inch square baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
    2. Combine the milk, uncooked macaroni, Worcestershire, salt, pepper and 1 1/2 cups of cheese in the baking dish. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 50 minutes.
    3. Remove foil, top with remaining cheese and bake for 10 more minutes.
    4. Let stand for 10 minutes and then serve.

Notes

Feel free to add a little bit of garlic powder, mustard powder or hot sauce to your macaroni if desired.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 196Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 298mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 10g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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This mac and cheese is completely cooked in the oven. You don't have to boil the noodles first. Just load everything in the pan and let it bake to creamy no boil macaroni and cheese perfection!

Thanks for sharing!

Darcie Curley

Tuesday 8th of March 2022

This recipe is unfortunately, a thumbs down. The flavor s good, (especially after the extra additions of onion and garlic powders, black pepper, and Cayenne.) But. It curdled, which makes a nasty texture. Felt like eating low quality cottage cheese or something. I'm considered a very good cook, and there's no way I'd ever serve this to anyone but poor hubby, who agrees that the texture was gross. I don't think this works without a mid cook stir with thickener or something? Wish it did, it's a LOT easier than regular homemade Deluxe Mac n Cheese. But this no boil one is NOT gonna be my "go to."

Carlee

Thursday 10th of March 2022

I am sorry you didn't like it. It is a little bit different of a texture than if you boil the noodles and make a cheese sauce. We find that the time savings is worth it.

Kellie

Tuesday 18th of January 2022

My pasta was no were near done in 50 minutes.

Carlee

Wednesday 19th of January 2022

That's really strange. With foil on and the oven hot it should cook just fine. I've made this recipe dozens of times and quite a few other no bake pasta variations. Sometimes it looks like they aren't going to get there, but they always do. 50 minutes should be plenty of time. I hope you were able to make it work in the end.

Dwight M Wagner

Thursday 16th of December 2021

Can you use almond milk Orr like whipping cream to dub for milk

Carlee

Thursday 16th of December 2021

Whipping cream should work great. I haven't tried almond milk, but I can't see why it wouldn't work.

Patty

Thursday 2nd of September 2021

I'm sorry Ms Carlee. I'm the first one to do no bake pasta dishes- spaghetti- zit, etc. Canned milk is what I had, also I halved the recipe. I tossed in smoked brisket. Added a pat or 2 of butter. Covered, baked, the sauce separated. Now, hubby doesn't know what to look for, I do though and it wasn't all that pretty. We ate it and it tasted good. I'll leave my photo.

Anonymous

Saturday 12th of October 2019

Hrm... it's not bad, but I found the cheese really did not distribute evenly. I did make some modifications, though... I halved the recipe (and should have quartered it, because it was way more than I could eat alone!), skipped the Worcestershire sauce (I'm a vegetarian, so no fish) and mixed some jalapenos in for spice. Not sure if the jalapenos made a difference in cheese distribution but I doubt the rest did.

I also added the reserved cheese at 45 minutes in, cooked for 10 minutes, then added a breading mix of pablo breadcrumbs, chili powder and shaker parmesan cheese. Cooked five more minutes, then broiled til brown. Added a delightful additional crunch.

Carlee

Friday 18th of October 2019

I love your modifications!

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