Introduction: Instant Mug Mac & Cheese

Macaroni and cheese, whether out of the blue box we all know so well or made from scratch is a classic comfort food dish. Now it can be made in the microwave, in a mug. Perfect for a desired single serving or to quench a last minute Mac & Cheese craving, Instant Mug Mac & Cheese will quickly become a household favorite.

Step 1: Ingredients

Gather the following:

  • 1/3 Cup of Noodles (I used elbow noodles for the classic Mac & Cheese look)
  • 1/2 Cup of Water
  • 1/2 Cup of Shredded Cheese
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Butter
  • 1/4 Cup of Milk
  • 1 Large Mug
  • Spoon or Fork (for stirring and eating)

For this Instructable you will also need:

  • Microwave (mine is 1000 W)
  • Hot Pad

Step 2: Cook Your Pasta

Pour your 1/3 cup pasta of choice into your mug. Cover with the 1/2 cup of water. Place in the microwave and heat for one minute on high. Remove the mug from the microwave and stir. Heat again for another minute on high then stir. Repeat this process two more times, so that in the end you will have heated/cooked your pasta for a total of four minutes and stirred four times. When you're done, there may still be a tiny bit of water at the bottom of your noodles. You can microwave your mug for another 30-60 seconds or you can leave it. I chose to leave it rather than potentially dry out the noodles.

Stirring in these intervals allows for the water to boil and steam without overflowing down the sides of your mug. If you are still worried about water overflowing, place a plate below your mug to catch the water or place your noodles and water in a larger mug or even a bowl.

NOTE: Your mug may be VERY hot. Please handle it carefully and use a hot pad to handle the mug when applicable.

Step 3: Add Your Dairy

Once your noodles have cooked, you can add your cheese, butter and milk to your mug. Give your noodles a quick stir with all of the dairy products to evenly incorporate them. This will allow for a uniform melting and mixing of your mac and cheese.

Place your mug in the microwave and heat for 30 seconds. Remove from the microwave and give your mac and cheese a final stir to make sure that every noodle is coated in cheesy creamy goodness.

Step 4: Enjoy

You're done. Be careful as your mug is most likely still very hot.


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