Mac and Cheese in a mug and a microwave is a super simple way to enjoy fresh and homemade macaroni and cheese in a single serving. There is a reason that this mac n cheese in a mug became so famous as a food trend is because it’s easy AND tasty! Get the full recipe below and make your own today!
Nothing says easy like single serve mug mac and cheese. Microwaving noodles and adding simple ingredients that make up a macaroni recipe, you can skip the fake cheese and opt for homemade taste in just about 5 minutes.
TikTok Mug Mac And Cheese
Now this mug mac & cheese recipe is tasty and definitely a great change in lunch during the day, but its not going to taste like Kraft or Velveeta. This is true cheese, milk (or cream) and noodles and is a quick fix to a longer boil-on-the-stove or oven baked mac and cheese.
Personally, any noodles covered in melted cheese is fine with me, so I really love this mac n cheese option.
Ingredients needed for mug mac recipe
- 1/2 cup dry rotini pasta
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1/2 cup shredded cheese
Microwave Mac and Cheese (in a Mug)
Add pasta and water into a microwave safe mug.
Microwave pasta on high for 3-4 minutes.
The water will boil over, and you may need to add more water once the cooking is complete, and heat again until pasta is al dente or to your liking.
Stir in milk and shredded cheese and microwave for an additional 30 seconds.
Mix macaroni and cheese well and season with salt before enjoying.
Makes 1 serving in a cup or mug.
Mug Mac And Cheese F.A.Q.’s
Can I use pasta shells or macaroni noodles over rotini? Absolutely! Any smaller type pasta shells or macaroni elbows work great and they all grab cheese differently. You may just need to adjust the timing and water until your shells are fully cooked and al dente.
How do you make a cup of macaroni and cheese better? Try altering for richer cheeses like gouda and white cheddar, adding more butter, a bit of minced garlic goes a long way and substituting whole cream over milk.
Is microwave mac and cheese healthy? I think the argument that many foods that include pasta are not considered healthy – but any time you make things fresh with real cheese, dairy and pasta, its way better than overly preserved boxed macaroni.
Can you microwave macaroni? Yes! Its easy to add water and uncooked noodles to a mug and microwave. Just cook slowly and check on it so it doesn’t burn.
Is mac and cheese junk food? I would not call mac and cheese junk food. Its filling, hearty, and delicious! It’s not a salad, but you shouldn’t feel guilty for indulging a bit in some pasta and cheese.
How do you make mug mac and cheese with no milk? Instead of milk, use whole heavy cream or even sour cream.
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