Reheat Kraft Mac and Cheese (Like a Pro!)

Reheat Kraft Mac and Cheese like a Pro

Kraft Mac and Cheese is a favorite dish for many people. Whether it’s the original or the new version that tastes like bacon, everyone loves this classic comfort food!

If you are looking to eat macaroni and cheese again but don’t have time to bake up a batch of pasta, then we have got your back. Here are some tips on how to reheat Kraft Mac and Cheese so that it has all of its great flavors without any added stress.

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Methods to Reheat Kraft Mac and Cheese

Methods to Reheat Kraft Mac and Cheese

There are a few distinct methods that you can use to reheat your Kraft mac and cheese. However, you need to be extremely careful about the liquid proportions and the flavorings to ensure that the dish doesn’t dry out or become too liquidy. That said, the following are a few effective methods that you can try to reheat your Kraft mac and cheese:

#1 Reheat Kraft Mac and Cheese In the Oven

There is no better way to reheat leftover dishes than in the oven. Not only does it restore the taste of the mac and cheese, but it also prevents the dish from drying out. The process is simple and includes a few steps:

  • Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 2-3 minutes.
  • Take out an oven-proof glass dish and transfer your leftover Kraft mac and cheese into it.
  • Add a tablespoon of milk and stir it around so every portion is well-coated. For extra creaminess, you can add some full-fat cream to it (1/2 a tablespoon).
  • If you feel like the dish is lacking the cheesy factor, add some extra shredded cheese through the dish.
  • Cover the top of the glass dish with aluminum foil, pinching the foil from the sides to seal it from every side (Tip use your thumb and index finger to pinch the sides). 
  • Bake the dish for 15-25 minutes, depending on the quantity of leftovers that you have. 
  • Once done, remove the foil and bake the dish for another 5-10 minutes to crisp up the cheese from the top.

#2 Reheat Kraft Mac and Cheese In the Microwave

This is a lazy person’s method — hands up if this is also your favorite method. Just kidding! However, reheating mac and cheese in the microwave is not as bad as the other dishes which leave them soggy and wet. The taste of the reheated Kraft mac and cheese is a lot similar to what you had likely eaten initially. Here’s what you can do:

  • Start by transferring your leftover mac and cheese into a microwave-safe container or bowl.
  • Add 2 tablespoons (or more!) of milk and stir it through the dish to prevent the dish from drying out. You can add cheese and seasoning according to your taste as well.
  • Cover the dish with some plastic wrap, leaving one side of it open to let the steam out. (Tip: You can switch out the plastic wrap with a moist paper towel it prevents the dish from drying out)
  • Microwave the dish for 90-120 seconds, depending on how many leftovers you have. 
  • After the initial reheating, take the container out of the microwave and stir it around to mix everything.

The Cook With Platic Bowls are a really good option for microwave-safe bowl

#3 Reheat Kraft Mac and Cheese In the Pan

If you don’t have an oven or microwave in your house, the next best thing to do is a pan and a stovetop. The process isn’t as complicated, especially with the Kraft mac and cheese since it doesn’t contain complex ingredients. Follow the steps mentioned:

  • Take a non-stick or cast iron pan and place it on the stovetop over medium flame.
  • Add your leftover mac and cheese to the pan then add 2 to 3 tablespoons of milk to the pan to ensure a smoother and creamier consistency of the reheated dish.
  • Add cheese and other flavorings if you want to enhance the dish’s taste and loosen the sauce’s texture.
  • Taste the dish and check if it needs salt, and adjust the same accordingly.
  • Ensure that you are constantly stirring the mac and cheese to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  • The entire process should take somewhere between 5-8 minutes, depending on how much leftovers you have.

Can you Reheat Baked Kraft Mac and Cheese?

Can you Reheat Baked Kraft Mac and Cheese?

Although Kraft mac and cheese is out of the box and doesn’t require anything fancy, some individuals like to bake the dish to take the simple taste to the next level. However, having leftover baked mac and cheese can be a minor hassle to reheat. To restore the taste and texture of this hearty meal, follow these steps:

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, letting it preheat for 2 minutes.
  • Take a deep-neck glass dish and transfer the baked mac and cheese into that.
  • Stir some milk into the dish, ensuring that every portion is coated well and isn’t looking dry.
  • Smooth out the top of the dish and sprinkle some cheese on top.
  • Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake the dish for 20 minutes.
  • Once done, take out the foil and reheat it again for 5 minutes to let the cheese bubble and brown.

Can you Reheat Frozen Kraft Mac and Cheese?

Why yes, the answer is a resounding YES! Although Kraft Mac and Cheese might have been many people’s go-to as kids, it can be so much better when you heat up that frozen packet.

If you don’t like cooking and you want to make Kraft mac and cheese, you can cook it, divide it up, and freeze it for the whole week. Yes, there may be some doubts about how well this would turn out but what’s the purpose of having an oven, microwave, or stovetop if you wouldn’t use it, right?

It turned out to be very easy!

Oh, and if you’re planning to use a microwave for this yummy dish, try and thaw the frozen mac and cheese in the fridge BEFORE microwaving it. This quickens the reheating process and ensures that the center is heated too!


So, there you have it. You can now salvage your leftovers in a number of different ways and not waste any more food! What do you think? Is this list helpful to you? Do these methods work for you or did I miss anything that might be relevant to others who are trying to get the most out of their Kraft mac & cheese dinner? Want to go the extra mile and try something different, this recipe by Kristin from the CookinChick is the ultimate best

Let me know below what other creative ideas people come up with when they’re faced with leftover Kraft macaroni and cheese!


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