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
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).
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  1. says

    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 :)

  2. says

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

  3. says

    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.

  4. says

    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!

  5. says

    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!

  6. says

    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?

  7. Elena says

    Wow! I was surprised at just how yummy this came out! I did add more water and more time to cook the macaroni (I used mini shells). I also added a pinch of salt to the water. So easy, so good! Thank you!

  8. MichelleK says

    Omg, this is indeed so very delicious and creamy! And barely more work than boxes mac & cheese. I don’t live in the US and don’t have access to jack, but usually have a mix of grated english cheddar, goats and dutch mature cheese in my freezer, so used that, worked really well.

  9. Liz says

    Turned out surprisingly good for a microwave mac and cheese. I used mini shell pasta, and a mix of cheese I had on hand: cheddar and mozzarella. Next time I would add more pasta but keep the sauce amount the same.

  10. Kaye says

    I add just a little butter with the cheese to make it taste richer. Adding dry mustard is nice too. As for cleaning up the mug…try putting a little the Dawn 5 minute soak detergent in the mug and gently filling with VERY hot water. Let the cup soak until the water is just warm, then scrub. The cheese should all come right off! It works for me.

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