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Make mac and cheese at a moment's notice with my mug recipe.

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

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In a time crunch? My macaroni and cheese is quick to whip up and calls for just a few ingredients, making this mug recipe a fan favorite.


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Microwave Macaroni and Cheese in a Mug may change the way you make this family favorite forever! My macaroni and cheese recipe is made with real ingredients and ready in a few microwave minutes. Say goodbye to those dried macaroni boxes because from here on out you can make your mac and cheese cheaper, faster and better.

How To Cook Mac and Cheese in a Mug

My homemade mac and cheese can be mixed and cooked in a single 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 three other ingredients to make a deliciously cheesy sauce. Using just milk, cheddar and cornstarch, you can make this rich mug meal in no time.

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This mug recipe is perfect for lunch or dinner and will even work really well as a filling snack. To save you even more time, make your Microwave Macaroni and Cheese the night before and microwave the next day.

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Make mac and cheese at a moment's notice with my mug recipe.
Microwave Macaroni & Cheese in a Mug
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
Servings: 1
Author: Gemma Stafford
Ingredients
  • 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.
Recipe 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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  1. Lydia Koren on July 4, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    So delicious! So surprised at how easy it was to make!

    • Gemma Stafford on July 5, 2019 at 3:54 am

      Yea! Lydia, music to my ears, thank you,
      Gemma 🙂

  2. Lydia Koren on July 4, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    so delicious!!

  3. Claire Rawn on June 15, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    Can you mention what size of mug you’re using….my mug recipes turn out looking like muggettes as they usually take up only 1/3 of the mug when cooled (I’m using 12 oz ). Sauce on Mac and cheese is great but it’s hard to cook macaroni in less time than stove top at 1000w

    • Gemma Stafford on June 17, 2019 at 8:30 am

      I used a 6oz mug, which is roughly around 3/4 – 1 cup sized.

  4. Jessica Courtman on May 31, 2019 at 9:59 am

    Hi Gemma! I just recently found your site and I am loving the recipes! The first time I tried this mac & cheese recipe, it turned out amazing! But the second time, it curdled. 🙁 What did I do wrong?

    • Gemma Stafford on May 31, 2019 at 11:12 pm

      Hi Jessica,

      Really glad you like my recipes. So, I have no idea why it would curdle. It really shouldn’t do that because there is no acid added.

      The only thing I can think of is maybe did the mix get just a little too hot? and then maybe milk that was a little old might curdle.

      I hope it doesn’t happen again,
      Gemma.

  5. Gemma Stafford on May 21, 2019 at 2:23 am

    Hi,

    Unfortunately you can’t use regular flour as it will likely not cook out and taste floury. If you don’t haven’t cornstarch you can just leave it out but note it will be a little thinner.

    Best,
    Gemma.

  6. janiel williams on May 2, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    the water kept bubbling over and created a mess but the end result tasted great

    • Gemma Stafford on May 5, 2019 at 3:16 am

      Hi there,
      Next time use a larger container for the cooking, that will solve that for you,
      Gemma 🙂

  7. Emma on April 19, 2019 at 10:58 am

    This definitely did not work for me its a hassle and a mess. The taste is okay but not worth the trouble.

    • Gemma Stafford on April 20, 2019 at 3:14 am

      Hi Emma,
      I am sorry to hear this. I hope you are enjoying some of the other recipes.
      Gemma 🙂

  8. ori on April 16, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    my favorite mac and cheese in a mug recipe! all of the other ones have been a watery cheese mess and this one turned out amazing! i was so surprised when the sauce actually worked and wasn’t just soup at the bottom of the bowl. tasted so good, definitely will make again!

    • Gemma Stafford on April 16, 2019 at 1:46 pm

      I’m delighted to hear that! Enjoy!

      • ori on April 16, 2019 at 11:17 pm

        definitely! this time i was out of milk so i used heavy whipping cream and it worked just as well!

  9. C on April 4, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    My 17mo old daughter is a picky eater and we usually buy Mac & cheese from a resto, coz I found preparing it quite complicated.. but with this, I’m now sure of how it was made and on its ingredients..Thanks so much for this great recipe..

    • Gemma Stafford on April 5, 2019 at 12:49 pm

      YAY i am delighted to hear that!

  10. C on April 4, 2019 at 6:09 am

    Hi Gemma, I made this in the stove as I’m avoiding microwave oven for my 17mos old baby’s food and it turned out great! She likes it! Just added some boiled cauliflower.. Very simple ingredients and easy steps.. thanks a lot! 🙂

    • Gemma Stafford on April 5, 2019 at 4:14 pm

      YUM i love the idea of adding in veggies, enjoy!

  11. Laura Bill on April 2, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    Unfortunately when I added the milk and cheese and cornflour the cheese didn’t mix into the milk, I just had a blog of melted cheese and some milk. Still taysted alright just a bit disappointed. Wondering if I did something wrong

    • Gemma Stafford on April 4, 2019 at 4:00 am

      Hi Laura,
      There is an important difference in this recipe and that is that the mug/bowl needs to be large enough for you to be able to stir the cornstarch/milk/cheese mix in to the hot pasta. Remember that cornstarch does not need a lot of cooking, and the cheese too begins to melt as it hits the hot food. Mix in ans stir through, it almost needs to be added in and stirred at the same time.
      I hope this is of help to you,
      Gemma 🙂

  12. Leen on January 28, 2019 at 1:16 am

    Hi Gemma! I love this recipe. I tried it in prepping a meal for my son with his gfcf penne, dairy free cheddar and dairy free milk with the rest of the ingredients you mentioned. Quick and delicious, this made our life easier. Thank you!

    • Gemma Stafford on January 28, 2019 at 8:53 am

      Hi Leen,
      I am really happy that this little recipe fits in with your son’s diet plan, really happy to hear this, thank you for letting me know.
      Other bold bakers will be encouraged by this too,
      Gemma 🙂

  13. JillieRay on January 27, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    These were awesome! Except I’m lactose intolerant ); too bad I ran out of lactaids so I can’t make this everyday lol. I’m gonna try another mug recipe next, what would you recommend?

    • Gemma Stafford on January 28, 2019 at 7:39 am

      Hi Jilly,
      Ah, poor you, always so difficult to have to make big adjustments to our diets.
      I have recipes here for making nut milks too (https://www.biggerbolderbaking.com/coconut-milk/) almond milk too/cashew etc.
      Always good to know how to do this, it may help.
      Thank you for bring in touch,
      Gemma 🙂

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