Macaroni Cheese

 Macaroni Cheese with Tuna

Quickest Macaroni Cheese in the Known Universe

Ok this is the ultimate in "I just got home from work, I am cranky and I am hungry...." food.   The best bit about this (don't tell my Italian friends) is that you can cook it in the microwave in a generous glass bowl and eat it directly if you like.   Minimise the washing up, maximise the food intake and comfort. 

The other bonus is there is easily enough here to share or have leftovers, so it is just the neatest little dish.


300 grams little macaroni shells or small pasta

1 ½  tablespoons cream (and you can use the low fat sort here too!)

1 clove of garlic crushed

Handful of shaved parmesan cheese

Handful of chopped parsley and a few springs of thyme

Salt and pepper to taste

Place the macaroni, salt and pepper in a generous glass bowl and cover with hot water.  Cover with plastic wrap and microwave for 9 minutes (this is where I would run to the shower, wash off work, grab my pjs and slippers).  Once you hear the beep of the microwave it is go time, and you are but seconds away from dinner.  Drain 95% of the water from the macaroni – it should still be al dente – stir through the cream, herbs and using a garlic press crush in a garlic clove.  Snip in the parsley, sprinkle the parmesan over the top and if you have the stamina a little grating of nutmeg, microwave for another minute.  It is ready to go.

It is theoretically possible to have consumed this before you find something decent to watch on TV... but if you want to sit back and enjoy it with some dignity I applaud you.

Quick additions to make this a bit more special – tuna, ham or smoked salmon can be stirred through at the last minute, and it is delicious.  I have also been known to ferret around in the vegetable basket for spinach, capsicum, mushrooms or whatever else I can snip in at the last minute and eat pretty much raw.  It is surprisingly nourishing and very filling.  

You do not need much parmesan and if you use the light cooking cream this is not too bad for you once in a while -   I highly recommend this if you are world-weary and contemplating the evils of junk food.