Lately I’ve been wanting to make macaroni and cheese but every time I think about the effort, I get really lazy. Then I came across a macaroni and cheese recipe made in a mug. You know how I love mug recipes

Suddenly, it no longer seemed so daunting. Five minutes. No stove required. Even I could handle this.

It’s not actually anything particularly new. I remember during my college days people would make pasta in the microwave. But I’d forgotten about it, and I’d never actually done macaroni and cheese in the microwave before, or all made into a mug, so it was still fun. And so easy.

You can find the full recipe here. I followed the recipe as is, though my noodles didn’t have to cook as long. Mine were done at at 3 minutes 30 seconds. Also next time I will try adding less milk because mine was a little more liquidy than I would have liked after adding the milk and cheese. I would also recommend using a giant mug mainly because the water does overflow when cooking the noodles in the microwave and the bigger the mug, the less of an overflow.

This was fun and easy and perfect for a small serving. I will play around with the recipe some more to see if I can get something more like the stove top ones I’ve been making.


28 Responses to “5 Minute Mug Macaroni and Cheese”

  1. Kay — July 30, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Cute! Good tip about the mug overflow!

    • Kirbie replied: — July 30th, 2012 @ 1:20 pm

      Yeah the biggest issue is the water overflows. But the cleanup is still easier than pots and pans.

  2. caninecologne — July 30, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    awesome – i’ll have my daughter test drive this recipe! she will love this, especially since she liked doing the chocolate mug cake before.

    • Kirbie replied: — July 31st, 2012 @ 8:34 am

      Oh, yes this is a perfect recipe to have your daughter help make. Now, even less cooking for you. haha. Hope you both enjoy it.

  3. Rose — July 31, 2012 at 1:42 am

    It’s times like these that I really wish I had a microwave…

    • Kirbie replied: — July 31st, 2012 @ 8:33 am


  4. Oceanside Chiropractor — July 31, 2012 at 2:29 am

    This is perfect for those mornings that I’m in a hurry for work. I think I’ll use a bigger bowl for my big hunger. Haha. This looks fun to do.

    • Kirbie replied: — July 31st, 2012 @ 8:31 am

      Yeah I think next time I might make it in a bowl instead of a mug so I can fit more. but I just love how easy it is to make.

  5. Erin @ Texanerin Baking — July 31, 2012 at 8:51 am

    I love this! When I make mac and cheese, I have to eat it all by myself and it seems to never end. So this is just perfect. I’ll let you know how it comes out once I get around to making it. :)

    • Kirbie replied: — July 31st, 2012 @ 10:03 am

      Haha. I also like that there’s not leftovers to deal with because the leftover mac n cheese never heats up the same.

  6. Ann P. — August 3, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Mac and cheese is basically what I crave every day, and I LOVE that you posted an easy, fast mug recipe! You’ve just introduced the motherload . :)

    • Kirbie replied: — August 3rd, 2012 @ 1:48 pm

      I’m loving this too. No more standing over the stove!

  7. Erin @ Texanerin Baking — August 7, 2012 at 2:47 am

    I got up to go make lunch and suddenly felt nauseous so I made this. Love it! Only I wouldn’t recommend using Gouda (it’s the standard cheese where I live, and cheddar here is tasteless and useless). It doesn’t melt like cheddar does. Thanks for sharing this with us! Will make again when I need something super quick. :) Oh and I used whole grain spaghetti broken into pieces.

    • Kirbie replied: — August 7th, 2012 @ 9:17 am

      Oh, yeah I’ve never tried with gouda but I can imagine it doesnt melt as much. That’s too bad the cheddar there is tasteless and useless.

  8. Lilly — September 8, 2012 at 8:19 am

    I saw this on pinterest and had to try it. I only had mozzerella, but it still turned out amazing! I was a little nervous when the pasta stuck together after the 6 minute mark,, but once I added the milk and cheese it turned out fine. Next time I’ll try cheddar like the recipe says, and maybe a few other cheeses too! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Nicole — January 27, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    To avoid having to clean up water from the microwave, I recommend putting a plate underneath the mug/bowl…that way you don’t have to clean any spilled water:)

    • Kirbie replied: — January 27th, 2013 @ 11:51 pm

      Oh that is a really good idea!

  10. Connie — February 25, 2013 at 11:07 am

    I made this over the weekend and it did not work out at all! It took forever to get the noodles tender, but the worst parts was that the milk and cheese didn’t make a sauce. It didn’t melt together. The cheese seemed to sink to the bottom and would NOT mix in with the noodles it all stayed separate. What did I do wrong?! I used Monterrey jack which I thought would melt nicely.

    • Kirbie replied: — February 25th, 2013 @ 2:02 pm

      I’m not sure why this went wrong for you. The noodles should cook very quickly in the microwave with the water boiling inside the microwave, unless you had too much. But for that small amount of noodles the microwave should cook it. What power is your microwave? It sounds like it was on a very low setting or something. Did you maybe actually have it on a defrost or some other setting that would lower the microwave power? The cheese should melt once it hits the hot noodles. If it didn’t melt it sounds like your noodles were no longer hot. You can microwave it slightly again after adding the cheese and milk and then stir, but if you do it right away it should actually be hot enough.

  11. Jennifer Smith — March 13, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    I loved this-missed lunch but this was a quick good protein make-up meal.It’ll be great for my grandsons & I to do together.
    The cat was so jealous so she got a small rewward,too. We BOTH give it a thumbs-up!! I don’t know about anyone else, but

    • Kirbie replied: — March 13th, 2013 @ 1:37 pm


  12. terry — March 16, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    I fixed the overflow problem by cooking the whole thing at 20% power. If you use a large mug, the water boils almost to the top and backs down, then comes back up, over and over. I cooked the water, milk and macaroni at the same time. I also added about 1/2 tsp. butter to the water, milk and mac. I stirred mine about every couple of minutes, just to make sure it didn’t lump. When most of the liquid was absorbed, and the mac was tender, I stirred in cheddar cheese and put it back into the microwave, again at 20% power until the cheese was melted. NO BOIL OVER at the lesser power with a large mug.

    • Kirbie replied: — March 18th, 2013 @ 8:59 am

      Ooh, thanks for the tip. I will try it again!

  13. Lily — November 10, 2013 at 1:16 am

    I hope I can make it. Is it safe for 10 year olds to make it ……????????????

    • Kirbie replied: — November 10th, 2013 @ 10:32 pm

      I don’t know..I think so with some help and supervision

  14. courtney — December 28, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    This is one of my favorite recipes. Not only do I love the taste But I love playing with adding new ingredient so thank you so much! And for those of you like Connie where the cheese and milk stay separated That’s ok, it happened to me just try stirring a little harder. And putting the mug on the plate Really helps with the water overflowing.

    • Kirbie replied: — December 30th, 2013 @ 1:04 am

      I love the mug on the plate idea too. And I’m glad you like this recipe!

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