You are one mug and 10 minutes away from creamy macaroni and cheese with this easy, speedy single serving recipe for mac and cheese in a mug!
Every now and then lunchtime rolls around and I get an unbearable craving for macaroni and cheese. I want it, and I want it NOW. I don’t want to boil noodles and make a cheese sauce and be eating my mac and cheese ages from now – I just want a quick and delicious single serving of mac and cheese that is quick and perfect and MINE. Here’s where this recipe for mac and cheese in a mug comes in…it takes your mac and cheese from a twinkle in your eye to digging into that mug in seven minutes. Seven. Minutes. Go get your mug. I’ll wait.
Put 1/3 of a cup of elbow macaroni and 1/2 cup of water in your mug and microwave it for two minutes. Take it out and give it a stir. Repeat twice. If at any point before the end the pasta has soaked up all the water, add another couple tablespoons or so.
At the end of the six minutes of microwaving and stirring, your macaroni should be done. Now add 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese, 1 tablespoon of butter and 2 tablespoons of milk to your mug. Stir it until the cheddar melts, which will take about 30 seconds. Grind on a little pepper and put a few sprinkles of cheddar on top.
It’s been seven minutes, and you are about to dig into your very own personal mug of creamy, dreamy mac and cheese.
A couple of notes: While you can walk on the wild side as I did with my Peter Rabbit mug size-wise, a bigger mug that leaves some space on the top is easier, just because it gives you some room for stirring. And I find it prudent to put a couple of layers of paper towels under my mug while the macaroni is cooking, since sometimes the water bubbles over a little.
Seven minutes. That’s the only thing standing between you and your own private mug of mac and cheese. Is there any other comfort food you wish you could have in minutes? Tell me in the comments..I’m always looking for ideas!Print
- 1/3 cup elbow macaroni
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar (the finely shredded version works best)
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 tablespoons milk
- Freshly ground pepper
- Add water and macaroni to a large mug. Microwave for 2 minutes and then stir. Repeat twice for a total of 6 minutes. If the pasta has absorbed all the water after the 2 minute and 4 minute mark, add another couple of tablespoons of water.
- At the end of 6 minutes, the macaroni should be cooked. Add cheese, butter and milk and stir until cheese is melted.
- Garnish with pepper and extra cheese and enjoy!
Hi there! I’m Kate, and I’m a recipe writer, food photographer and devoted bacon lover. I started Framed Cooks in 2009, and my mission is to create and share family-friendly recipes that make cooking both easy and fun…yes, I said FUN! My kitchen is my happy place, and I want yours to be that place too. And if you make this recipe, I would love you to tag @FramedCooks on Instagram so I can see the deliciousness!