Sunday, April 7, 2013

Homemade Single-Serve Microwave Macaroni and Cheese in a Mug!

I had hoped to share a couple of projects with you, but this week had kind of gotten away from me! Does that ever happen to you, too? Instead, I have one of my favorite recipes to share with you today~ Homemade Single-Serve Microwave Macaroni and Cheese. Not only is this creamy and delicious, but it is SO much healthier than the store bought kind! I love that I can give Ella mac & cheese without the chemicals from the boxed kind. And, yet it is just as quick and easy to make! 


Several months ago, I had seen a couple of recipes for this and I tried all of them. I wasn't pleased with any of them, so I made up my own recipe. It is seriously SO creamy and good! And, trust me... it is super easy!


You will need:

A large mug or bowl (I use a big soup mug)
Whole grain elbow macaroni
Water
Cheddar-Jack  Shredded Cheese
Splash of milk

**I have tried several different types of pasta/cheese combinations, and this my favorite by far. It is so creamy,yet the pasta is still nice and firm. Please note: if you use different ingredients, your results may be a bit different. For example, white pasta usually takes a little less time to cook. Just keep an eye on it, and you will be fine!** 


In a microwave safe {big} mug or bowl (make sure it is a big one or it will boil over), put 1/3 cup whole grain elbow macaroni and 1/3 cup + 1/4 cup water (If you have a stronger microwave than mine, you may need more water... just play with it adding a couple extra Tbs at a time). Microwave for 6 minutes, stirring at 4 minutes, 2 minutes, and 1 minute. 

(Microwave times may vary depending on the strength of your microwave. Mine is fairly average I think. You may want to check it at the 1 min interval to make sure it hasn't dried up if you have a stronger microwave~ stronger microwaves will need a bit more water) 

The pasta should be cooked and there will be a tiny bit of thick pasta water in the bottom. Leave this water. 


Add a heaping 1/3 cup shredded Cheddar Jack cheese (pictured above). Return to the microwave for 30 to 45 seconds to melt the cheese. 


Stir well, adding a small splash of milk (maybe 2 teaspoons).


Enjoy!


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35 comments :

Blondie's Journal said...

Thanks so much! I'd love to try this!

XO,
Jane

Allison said...

This is awesome. I've seen cake in a mug, but never mac and cheese! Thanks for sharing!!!

jaime ♥ raising up rubies said...

my daughter will love this for an after school snack! love this...thanks for sharing Kristen! ♥

Katie said...

THis is genius! I have to try this soon!

Kristin @ Simply Klassic Home said...

This is so awesome! Cooper loves mac n cheese but Riley hates it. This would be perfect!!

Melissa @ No. 2 Pencil said...

This is such a great idea! Love it!

Katherine Wolak said...

That looks absolutey delicious and I am sure much more healthy! :D

Hugs,

Anna said...

Look yummy!

Also, I just clicked your "follow me on Pinterest" link and, lady, you have got a CRAZY number of pins! Holy gracious! I'm so pumped to follow along :)

Stacey said...

That looks especially yummy!

Rachel said...

Perfect for when the hubs is away.

Rachel said...

My microwave must be stronger than yours. I need to add more water next time. Pasta wasn't cooked completely but still tasted good.

Kristen Whitby said...

Thanks for your comment Rachel! I updated the post saying that you may have to play with the amount of water if your microwave is stronger than mine.

maygger said...

Excited for the Mac And Cheese! Also- what fonts did you use for your title?! Love how "Mac and cheese" looks!

Meredith @ unoriginalmom.com said...

Looks so yummy and so convenient! I featured this on my blog today, come check it out!

Charlene Beck said...

I just made this.......YUM!

Kelly Rinzema said...

So trying this! Looks awesome :)

Amy said...

My 2 year old and I just made this for lunch. It turned out great! We added peas and diced ham and it made a very well rounded lunch. It was actually better than the stuff I make from scratch with a white sauce! And my son really enjoyed making it (and eating it!). Thanks!

P.S. Found you from Pinterest.

Sarah Marier said...

how did you get it to not turn into a big blob of cheese. mine didnt mix well :(

Kristen Whitby said...

Hi Sarah! When I use a different kind of cheese, it tends to do that. That is why it is really important to use the Cheddar-Jack cheese. It makes it creamy enough to not do that. Thanks!

Steph Jacobson said...

I made this for lunch today--delicious!

Nikki said...

This is pure genius. I don't know how it never occurred to me all those times that I was eating hard, undercooked processed powder stuff. Thanks for thinking of it!

ChristianZ said...

My first attempt turned out alright:
Pinterest-inspired Macaroni & Cheese
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Quotes said...

I added a little salt to the water when cooking the pasta and it was perfect!

jen montgomery said...

love it was so simple cooking the noodles took some practice but i got it down i added some mustard and garlic powered with a splash of hot sauce with the milk so yummy

Danielle said...

I made this and it was great! My problem was cleaning the cup after, the cheese really stuck to it and took tons of hot water and scrubbing and theres still a little residue left on the bottom. Is this perhaps from being over-cooked? Or does it typically happen?

Jackie Currie said...

Well, aren't you a smarty pants. Can't wait to try this. My hollow-legged teenagers will love it too!

Jackie Johnson said...

I think this will work as long as you don't try it in a Stone Wave. It boiled all out the sides.

stef. wit a f said...

So good! I used mini shells and double-ed the recipe. I was pleasantly surprised at how well it came out. Thanks!

PolishPals said...

Love this! Mac & Cheese.... IN A CUP! :D

TheWombat1702 said...

Even though I put too much milk in, this is delicious!

TheWombat1702 said...

Even though I put too much milk in, this is delicious!

kneadwhine said...

This is great - not sure I will be able to make this for my son, might have to just make it for me!

Jim Armstrong said...

Cool! I'm a Macandcheeseista and hate to have to wait until it's on the "dinner menu". Thanx! ^_^

Debbiedoos said...

Oh my gosh my boys would love this!

AriesAngel said...

Do you have the nutritional info for this dish?

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