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Microwave Macaroni and Cheese in a Mug

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This macaroni and cheese in a mug is ready in less than 5 minutes. It makes a quick, easy meal for one.

a spoon scooping out some macaroni and cheese in a mug

While Fall may be just around the corner, we’ve been experiencing the hottest weather of the summer so far in San Diego. As a result, there hasn’t been much cooking or baking happening in the kitchen.

a close-up photo of macaroni and cheese in a blue mug

I was making some quick and easy macaroni and cheese in the microwave for another recipe when I decided it was time to update my macaroni and cheese in a mug post. It also gave me an excuse to make a few extra servings (for testing purposes of course).

This is perfect for when you want to make a single serving rather than an entire pot of macaroni and cheese. It comes together so quickly and I didn’t break a sweat making it.

a close-up photo of a spoonful of macaroni and cheese

Recipe now updated with video! You can also find all my recipe videos on my youtube page.

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Macaroni and Cheese in a Mug

Servings: 1
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
This macaroni and cheese in a mug is ready in less than 5 minutes. It makes a quick, easy meal for one.
5 from 4 votes


  • 1/2 cup small elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper or hot sauce optional, adds more flavor


  • Add water and macaroni into an extra large mug (I recommend at least 20 ounce mug/2.5 cups). Place the mug on a large plate (this is to catch the overflow of water that occurs when cooking). Your macaroni should only rise to 1/3 or at the most 1/2 of the mug. Microwave at full power for 1 minute. Remove mug and stir macaroni, making sure to loosen any macaroni that may be stuck to the bottom of the mug.
  • Microwave for an additional 1 minute and stir again. During this 2nd minute is when the water tends to overflow a little. If it's only a little water, then it should be fine. If it's a lot of water you may need to add a little water to your macaroni later. Macaroni should be almost cooked after the 2nd minute mark and most of the liquid should be almost gone, but your macaroni should still be moist. How much more you need to cook will depend on your microwave. 
  • Continue to cook the macaroni at 30 second intervals, stirring in between. If your macaroni gets very dry, add 1 tbsp of water. However, adding water will increase cooking time so you only need to add the water if your macaroni is dry. If it's moist but not watery, do not add more water. The microwave will cook the moist macaroni. After the first 30 seconds, my macaroni was just cooked but still al dente. Almost all the water was evaporated though the pasta was still very moist. I then microwaved for 30 more seconds. At this point my noodles were completely cooked and soft and no water remained. My macaroni cooked for a total of 3 minutes.
  • Working quickly, add in cheese and stir until cheese completely melts and evenly coats the macaroni. Add salt, ground black pepper or hot sauce if desired. Eat immediately.



  • Because microwaves vary in power, your times may not be exactly the same. My microwave is 1200 watts. If you have a stronger microwave, you may need to do less time or even reduce the power rather than cooking at full power. If you microwave is less powerful, you may need to cook your pasta longer.
  • Your macaroni can still cook with just a little water so don't keep adding water unless it's drying out. Adding too much water will actually make it take longer to cook. If you lost more than a few tbsp of water in overflow, then you may need to add 1-2 tbsp of water, otherwise the 1/2 cup should be enough.


Serving: 1mug, Calories: 455kcal, Carbohydrates: 47.3g, Protein: 20.9g, Fat: 19.7g, Saturated Fat: 10.8g, Sodium: 377.3mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 1.9g, NET CARBS: 45g

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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73 comments on “Microwave Macaroni and Cheese in a Mug”

  1. It is soooooo good i loved it I made it 20 times this year only this YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. I loved this I saw it and had to try it. I have been looking for a good recipe for a while now and I found it. It did take a little longer to cook but I think that’s because of my microwave but overall this recipe is so good!! 

  3. its delicious!!!!!

  4. This great I never want to stop eating this mac and cheese

  5. I just have to say that this was soooo delicious. I made some 2 hours ago and I’m ready for more. I did have to cook it longer but you did say that it depend on our microwaves. I love it!! Thanks so much ? 

  6. It was so good! Thank you so so much. Since I made this for my kids, they make this almost everyday as an afternoon/after school snack! Though, personally, I like adding ,along with the cheese, 3 tablespoons of milk to make the mac n cheese creamy! Then I microwave after I stir in the cheese, milk, salt, and pepper. That make it melty! I LOVED IT TOO! It was great thanks again, Kirbie!

  7. Hi Kirby. My name is Irene. This sounds incredible. I have a question. Could I add, lets say, garlic powder, onion powder, sea salt, white pepper before I add the water and then after the macaroni is cooked could I add a little bit of milk and butter? What are some other add-ins I could try?

    • You could try adding seasonings to the water. As far as butter and milk, we haven’t tested it with those so can’t say how much you should use.

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