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Homemade Single-Serve Macaroni and Cheese in a Mug

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Author Kristen | Ella Claire & Co.


  • Whole grain elbow macaroni
  • Water
  • Cheddar-Jack Shredded Cheese
  • Splash of milk


  1. 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.
  2. (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)
  3. The pasta should be cooked and there will be a tiny bit of thick pasta water in the bottom. Leave this water.
  4. 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.
  5. Stir well, adding a small splash of milk (maybe 2 teaspoons).

Recipe Notes

NOTE: 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!