easy microwave mac and cheese

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so easy even the kids can make it. this microwave mac and cheese makes a perfect anytime meal or snack

today’s post is going to be short and sweet, kind of like today’s recipe for easy microwave mac and cheese. the ingredients list is short as are the instructions. ready in about 5 minutes, it’s the perfect recipe for always hungry kids.

easy microwave mac and cheese

we’re on spring break this week. the weather is finally starting to feel like spring, and after last week’s flood, we are trying to spend as much time as possible outside. not wanting to send too much time on meals, the kids would be happy to snack all day long.  as much as i prefer to spend my days in the garden and not the kitchen, i try to get them to eat a meal every now and then.

that’s the beauty of this recipe. it is so easy, the kids can make it themselves.

so easy even the kids can make it. ready in 5 minutes, this microwave mac and cheese makes the perfect anytime meal or snack

easy microwave mac and cheese

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup elbow macaroni
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded cheese - i used sharp cheddar
  • optional - dash of  nutmeg or cayenne

Directions:

  • in a large mug add the water and macaroni
  • microwave on high for 1 minute
  • stir and cook another minute on high
  • if too much water boils over and your pasta is dry, add 1 Tbsp additional water
  • microwave 30 seconds more
  • if water is gone, add 1 Tbsp water and cook an additional 30 seconds
  • at this point your macaroni may be done, if not cook an additional minute, stopping to check after 30 seconds
  • add cheese, and milk, and spice if using, stir and cook on high 30 seconds
  • this mac and cheese is best eaten hot
       

easy microwave mac and cheese

a few things to keep in mind – the mug or bowl you use needs to be microwave safe and able to hold at least 2 cups of liquid – your water may still boil over a bit, but the deeper the better. if after the first 2 minutes your cup is out of water, add another tablespoon or two to keep the pasta from drying out.

all microwaves cook differently. my pasta was done after 3 minutes, but times may vary. simply stop, stir, and check for doneness every 30 seconds after the first two minutes.

also, finely grated cheese melts the best in this recipe.

for more flavor i love to add cayenne or nutmeg with the milk and cheese, but of course the kids prefer it plain.

a few other cheese combinations – cheddar + gruyere, fontina + blue cheese, brie + parmesean, cheddar + mozzarella, smoked gouda + sharp white cheddar

the combinations are endless

ready in about 5 minutes this easy microwave mac and cheese makes the perfect anytime meal or snack. so easy even the kids can make it.

enjoy!