Recipe: Microwave Mac’n’Cheese in a Mug

It’s no secret that I love Mac’n’Cheese, but my ultimate recipe really is quite a lot of faff. Two pans (one for pasta, one for sauce), a baking dish, grilling – it all adds up to an awful lot of washing up for what is supposed to be a simple and comforting dish. Worth it, but sometimes I need a quick fix. I’ve been playing about with single-serving microwave mac’n’cheese recipes for agessss now. And here’s the result.

 photo Microwave Mac and Cheese in a Mug 4_zpsfdqb9m2t.jpgCreamy sauce, heavy on the cheese, soft pasta, and only a little washing up. And it’s ready in about 8 minutes. I’ve found it to be perfect for lunches, or even just a quick snack.

Now, it took me a while to get the hang of this and then, when I had, we went and got a new microwave and all my practised timings went out of the window. So it’s worth playing around with if it doesn’t work first time. I would also recommend sticking to actual macaroni shapes as opposed to anything bigger, otherwise it won’t quite be covered by the liquid. Even if it doesn’t quite work, the results are pretty yummy – this has been quite a calorific recipe journey!

 photo Microwave Mac and Cheese in a Mug 1_zpskuianp4j.jpgIngredients

  • 50g macaroni shapes
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk
  • 50g cheddar
  • 1 pinch of cornflour (you only want a tiny amount)

Tip the pasta into a microwaveable mug, and add 60g of cold water. Microwave for 90 seconds, stir and microwave for another two minutes (stirring every thirty seconds, adding more water if necessary. After this time your pasta should be cooked.

Meanwhile finely grate the cheddar. Sprinkle over the cornflour and toss so that the cornflour is equally distributed amongst the cheddar. Add the milk to the pasta, followed by the cheese and stir well. Microwave for another 30 seconds and give it a final stir – everything should be cooked, hot, creamy and melted. Season with a little salt and pepper (I also add in a bit of a kick with some mustard).

 photo Microwave Mac and Cheese in a Mug 2_zpsnts9zzyq.jpgEnjoy whilst curled up on the sofa with a good book. Or whilst trying to get your head around statistical testing… (this recipe has been my finest form of procrastination yet!).

Have you ever made a microwaveable meal? What’s your go-to Mac’n’Cheese recipe?

  • Clare Purdy

    my old method of ‘easy lazy mac and cheese’ wasn’t far off… ‘My Dolmio’ microwave pasta and Bisto dried cheese sauce. microwave, boil kettle, stir, done!

    • ninegrandstudent

      I’ve never tried dried cheese sauce, I’m a bit scared of it aha! x

  • I, too, am a bit of a mac’n’cheese addict, although very rarely can I be bothered to make a batch for myself from scratch – the washing up puts me off slightly! Thank you for sharing this recipe, I will definitely be trying it out next time I have those cheesy cravings! 🙂
    Also, I’ve just discovered your blog and just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy it! Your recipe posts are so wonderful, and have inspired me to get in the kitchen again 🙂
    Hope you’re having a lovely week,
    Ellie (thestorybookgirl.com) x

    • ninegrandstudent

      It is a bit of a washing-up-intensive dish – this is much easier for a quick meal! x

  • Jennifer K

    Ooh this looks delicious! I love mac’n’cheese, but I’m always put off cooking it when I really only want to make a small, single serving. This is a great idea!

    Jennifer x

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    • ninegrandstudent

      It’s definitely not great for my New Year Diet! x