No-Bake Macaroni & Cheese

April/May 2006, EatingWell Serves Two

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Not only is this ultra-creamy version of mac-and-cheese nearly as fast as the boxed variety, but your family will be able to pronounce every ingredient. If they aren't broccoli fans, substitute a frozen vegetable of your choice.

"This is really good (even if I omit the garlic powder, broccoli, and mustard), but I find that it usually needs more salt for more flavor. I also use a quinoa elbow pasta, which adds to the nutrition (my kids like the quinoa pasta, too...

62 Reviews for No-Bake Macaroni & Cheese


I did the recipe exactly as follows, but found it to be rather bland when all was said and done. I don't know if maybe the recipe called for too much pasta, and not enough cheese sauce, but it felt like I was just eating pasta, broccoli and a hint of cheese.

I had to add another 3/4 c. of milk just to make the sauce wet instead of thick and dry, and after mixing it in with the pasta and broccoli, I ended up needing to add another small handful of parmesan, 1/2 c. cheddar, 1/4 tsp. garlic and some more pepper. Even then, I didn't like it enough to bother making it again, it just made it edible for tonight.

All in all, more than slightly disappointing.


I used sharp but not extra sharp and I think that would have improved the taste. I used romano instead of parm, which lowered the salt content. Hubby thinks its too bland, but an extra couple dashes of salt and pepper and I think it was good. Yes a little bland but not bad. I'll use the sharpest cheese I can find next time.


I followed the directions exactly (unusual for me) and it was terrible! It tasted like glue, even after I added the rest of the sharp cheese in the bag. I will not make this one again.

Comments (1)


jezuzgirl wrote 4 years 2 weeks ago

HI, I just wanted to say that the cheese in the bag is not as good as the brick cheese. Somehow whatever it is they put in the bagged shredded cheese as an anti caking agent makes the cheese itself lose flavor. that would probably not help this, already bland recipe at all.


It was quick and easy- a new favorite! Grilled chicken was a nice addition.


Soooo good! I added a little bit of grilled chicken, and it was amazing! :)

Alix, S.F., CA


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