This Home Alone-Inspired Mac and Cheese Is Just as Easy as Kevin's Microwaveable Dinner

When Kevin McCallister is left behind by his family over Christmas in the classic 1990 film Home Alone, the one thing he does not have to worry about is feeding himself. Not only can he finally order pizza without fighting to get a coveted plain cheese slice, but he also whips up a "highly nutritious microwavable macaroni and cheese dinner."

Kevin's deliciously cheesy meal for one person inspired Mallory Jones Oniki, the TikTok user behind the account The Palatable Life, to create her own supereasy mac and cheese recipe. Part of the food blogger's series of recipes inspired by holiday movies, the dish is not prepared in the microwave, but it's just as quick and easy. Oniki even says, "I feel like Kevin could have actually made it himself."


  • ½ cup of pasta
  • ½ cup of milk
  • 2 teaspoons of flour
  • ¾ cup of cheese
  • Reserved pasta water
  • Garlic salt
  • Paprika
  • Pepper

To make the cheese sauce, Oniki combines the milk, flour, cheese, reserved pasta water, and spices in a pan. Then, she pours the warm sauce over cooked pasta (she uses an orecchiette shape) and stirs well to make sure the pasta is evenly coated.

That's really all there is to it. But trust us, once you've gone homemade, you'll never go back to instant. Plus, a gooey, melty bowl of mac and cheese is the perfect fuel for catching a duo of bumbling burglars.

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