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Microwave Macaroni and Cheese in a Mug (Microwave Mug Meals)

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Microwave Macaroni and Cheese in a Mug may change the way you make this family favorite forever! It’s made with real ingredients in the microwave in just minutes. Say goodbye to those dried macaroni boxes because from here on you can make it cheaper, faster and better.
Microwave Macaroni and Cheese in a Mug can be mixed and cooked all in a mug. Many people are amazed that you can cook pasta quickly and easily in the microwave. If you are, then you might be blown away that you can add in 3 other ingredients to make the delicious cheesy sauce.

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This Microwave Mug Meal is perfect for Lunch or Dinner but will even work really well as a filling snack.

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To save you even more time make your Microwave Macaroni and Cheese the night before and then the next day microwave for the last few minutes to heat up your ingredients and enjoy!

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Microwave Macaroni & Cheese in a Mug
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup (28g/1oz) pasta
  • ¾ cup (175ml/6fl oz) water, cold
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • ¼ teaspoons cornstarch (aka cornflour)
  • 4 tablespoons cheddar cheese, grated
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. In a large microwavable mug or large bowl add in the macaroni and the water. You need a large mug as the water will boil up.
  2. Microwave for roughly 3 ½ minutes. You want the pasta to be fully cooked. (timing is based on my 1200W microwave so your timing might vary)
  3. Pour off the remaining cooking water.
  4. Stir in the milk, cornstarch and shredded cheese and microwave for a final 60 seconds to create your sauce. Stir well, season with salt and pepper and enjoy.
Notes
Cooking time will vary greatly depending on your microwave and the width and depth of the mug.

Always keep a close eye on your mug while in the microwave so it doesn’t over flow or over cook.

 

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293 Comments

  1. Robyn Bapari Leszczynska on September 10, 2017 at 2:42 am

    Love this recipe, easy instructions and simple to follow! Easy for anyone to make and I can’t even cook 😁

    • Gemma Stafford on September 10, 2017 at 2:59 am

      Hi Robyn,
      Well it seems that now you can cook! Thank you for your kind review,
      Gemma 🙂

  2. Dalal Isaac on September 9, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    It’s so easy to make, with no time.
    I love everything that involves Pasta 🍝 😋

  3. Sara Khan on September 9, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Mac n cheese its the best thing… And this recipe is great gift for me

    • Gemma Stafford on September 10, 2017 at 5:16 am

      Hi Sara,
      Thank you so much for your very kind reviews, i appreciate your taking the time.
      Gemma 🙂

  4. Ttipton11 on September 9, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Really great idea and so delicious! Thank you for this! 🙂

    • Gemma Stafford on September 10, 2017 at 5:33 am

      Thank you for your kind review,
      Gemma 🙂

  5. Wuxia princess on September 9, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Cheddar. Yummy. Goodness! :)🙋🙋🙋

  6. Peter on September 8, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Very quick and easy to make. Only one thing missing in it for me and that’s bacon so I cooked some up in the microwave first then cut it into small pieces and mixed it in with the cheese. Yer made all the difference. TOP MARKS

    • Gemma Stafford on September 9, 2017 at 3:31 am

      Hi Peter, thank you so much for those lovely reviews, I appreciate them, and so will other bold bakers,
      Gemma 🙂

    • Cookie007 on September 9, 2017 at 8:21 am

      Yes, I love it as well!

  7. CHarlotte on August 23, 2017 at 9:21 am

    AND also if yours turns out soupy just microwave it for a minute longer mine ended up soupy then I microwaved it for a minute longer then it said at the end and it ended up tick and creamy!

    • Gemma Stafford on August 24, 2017 at 2:14 am

      Hi Charlotte,
      good advice! Thank you for this input,
      Gemma 🙂

      • Rose Etao on August 27, 2017 at 9:29 am

        Hello, I loved this recipe!! It was delicious. However, I didn’t get a creamy consistency. Could you tell me what I could’ve done wrong? Anyways, this recipie is a keeper, and I will use this recipe when I am feeling lazy!

        Thanks!

        • Gemma Stafford on August 27, 2017 at 8:12 pm

          Hi Rose,

          did you add the corn starch and mix it up well? also cheese makes it extra creamy so maybe a little more of that too 🙂

  8. Charlotte on August 23, 2017 at 9:06 am

    IT worked out great for me will definetally be doing this again!

  9. Joseffa Niji on August 13, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Hi Gemma,
    I made this recipe for the first time a couple of days ago.
    The taste was great – but the texture was all wrong.
    The sauce was more like soup and it was gritty instead of creamy. I’m not sure what I did wrong.

    I used elbow macaroni, whole milk and mature cheddar.
    The macaroni cooked quickly but did boil over – I’m using a bigger bowl next time. 🙂

    Should I add a little more cornstarch? Or maybe use som half and half? Or is there something else I can do to get the sauce thick and creamy instead of soupy and gritty?

    I love mac and cheese and want this to work, but I am not sure where to start “tweaking”.

    • Gemma Stafford on August 14, 2017 at 2:32 am

      Hi Joseffa,
      The gritty bit has me puzzled!
      You certainly may use 1/2 and 1/2, and it will be delicious. The ‘gritty’ art can only come from under cooked pasta, I think.
      Yes, use a slightly larger bowl next time, pudding bowls are great for this, a light one will be best. I think this will actually sort out the issues for you,
      Gemma 🙂

  10. ginagirlio on July 21, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Second time making the mac and cheese. This time I used elbow macaroni and velveeta cheese. I used a 4 cup glass bowl and cooked it for 7 minutes on my 800 watt microwave. Using a 4 cup bowl kept the water from bubbling over through the cooking process. The pasta was perfectly cooked and It came out really creamy using the velveeta. My new favorite mug meal. Even if it’s not technically cooked in a mug it’s the perfect serving size for one person.

    • Gemma Stafford on July 22, 2017 at 4:48 am

      YEA! this is so good to hear, well done you for getting this to suit your own need.
      Thank you for your input here, it will help other bold bakers!
      Gemma 🙂

  11. Gina on July 20, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Yummy!! Mine came out great! I used pasta shells, which are bigger in size than elbow and my microwave is a 800 watts so mine took about 6 1/2 minutes to cook. I did have to stop my microwave the last two minutes of cooking time every 20 seconds or so because the water was bubbling over the top. I just used pre shredded cheese, I’m sure buying a block of cheese and shredding it myself would result in a creamier better tasting cheese taste but it was still delicious. I used a 2 cup soup mug, I might use a 3 cup glass bowl next time, and see if that solves the bubbling over.

    • Gemma Stafford on July 21, 2017 at 3:38 am

      Hi Gina,
      Great, thank you for adding this note here, always great to get your tips and tricks, well done you,
      gemma 🙂

  12. Sophie on July 11, 2017 at 8:35 am

    This mac and cheese tastes SO GOOD!! Obsessed!!??

    • Gemma Stafford on July 12, 2017 at 2:29 am

      I am happy when you are happy Sophie,
      Gemma 🙂

  13. Bella.tasties on June 25, 2017 at 10:38 am

    When I first saw this recipe on Youtube, I was hungry (like always), and wanted to see if it actually worked. I followed all the instructions and it turned out just like the picture and just as yummy! I now make this recipe all the time and it is great in the summer time when you want a quick, easy, cheesy, meal. Thank you!

    • Gemma Stafford on June 27, 2017 at 9:49 am

      I absolutely love to hear this!!! well done 🙂

      Happy Baking this Summer!

  14. got a little grainy Boni on June 22, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    This was ok as written but the cheese got a little grainy. When I made it with evaporated milk it was it was much creamier. Another way to avoid grainy cheese is to cook with milk and cornstarch and add the cheese after the cooking is done but mac is still hot. It’s always best to grate your own cheese, but I am too lazy….

    • Gemma Stafford on June 22, 2017 at 11:37 pm

      good to know. Thanks for the comment 🙂

  15. Brooke on June 8, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    It did not work

    • Gemma Stafford on June 9, 2017 at 3:06 am

      Hi Brooke,
      You need to try again!
      Do not give up. Cooking is a learning curve, and takes practice. Mug recipes are a great place to start. If at first you don’t succeed, try again!
      Gemma 🙂

  16. Min on May 22, 2017 at 1:03 am

    Yummy and quick! I used penne, which took longer to cook, as well as Parmesan as that was what I had at the moment, and added a pinch of nutmeg. The result was a fantastic, gooey and delicious mac n cheese! Thank you for the recipe 🙂

    • Gemma Stafford on May 22, 2017 at 2:06 pm

      I’m delighted to hear that. Thanks for trying my recipes 🙂

  17. leahgboyd on March 3, 2017 at 11:57 am

    my mac and cheese turned out great! it took a while for the cheese to become “saucy” but it was delicious!

    • Gemma Stafford on March 4, 2017 at 3:34 am

      That is great. The size and shape of the mug you use will change how it cooks. this is because of how heat is distributed in microwave cooking. Try a different mug, a small cereal bowl will work too. wider is better than deep for this type of cooking,
      Gemma 🙂

    • selena ramsdell on May 6, 2017 at 9:48 am

      I tried to cook the pasta and it did not work looking for the best outcome love your recipes

      • Gemma Stafford on May 7, 2017 at 3:51 am

        Ah! that is too bad, but do not give up. Try again!
        Gemma 🙂

  18. Junbao on January 25, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    I tried this without the cornstarch, and, although the consistency wasn’t thick, it still tasted great! Thanks for the recipes! Watched most, if not all of these mug vids and am looking forward to making much more! 😀

    • Gemma Stafford on January 27, 2017 at 2:01 am

      That is the idea, and then you will be able to adjust them to your taste too, well done,
      Gemma 🙂

  19. Samantha on January 25, 2017 at 11:05 am

    my mac and cheese was really watery. I think I did something wrong but I don’t know what.

    • Gemma Stafford on January 27, 2017 at 2:12 am

      Samantha, it sounds as though you did not thicken it! The cornstarch does this, makes the sauce really,
      Gemma 🙂

  20. Greenwatch7 on January 22, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    Absolutely wonderful!!! It tasted great and it is so easy to add different things to make it your own!!!

    • Gemma Stafford on January 23, 2017 at 1:34 am

      Hi there,
      Yes, that is the idea, the recipe is just your starting point, the rest is up to your own creativity.
      Good job! thank you for letting us know,
      Gemma 🙂

  21. Hannah on January 22, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    The pasta cooked great but then I added the rest of the ingredients after draining the water and it was a soupy mess. Nothing mixes together, milk on the bottom and cheese stayed on the top. I did stir it very thoroughly before adding it to the microwave.

    • Gemma Stafford on January 23, 2017 at 1:42 am

      Hi Hannah,
      Did you add the cornstarch/cornflour?
      This is the binder which holds the ingredients together, and thickens the sauce.
      Gemma 🙂

  22. Ilana on January 21, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Gemma- This recipe is great! I make it almost everyday after school for a snack and I actually made it for a little kid I was babysitting! Thanks so much for this great recipe!

    Sending love to you, kevin and waffles!

    Ilana

    • Gemma Stafford on January 22, 2017 at 8:48 am

      Good for you Ilana,
      You are making great use of your babysitting time too, well done you,
      Gemma 🙂

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