Thursday, October 18, 2012

Instant cup o’ Mac & Cheese in the Microwave

I work from home and sometimes struggle with what to make for lunch. I like most American have a weakness for mac and cheese. However, I try not to make the ones from the box with all of the additives, and can't remember the last time I made a big batch from scratch since it is just the two of us and it has so much cheese. I came across this instant version on Pinterest and had been meaning to try it out (as is the case with most of my items on Pinterest). While it is not the same as the gooey and crunchy home made baked mac n cheese it is a pretty good quick fix. In 5 minutes I had a cup of mac and cheese, and I was able to control what went into it. You can use any type of milk you have in the house, we had skim milk so that's what I used, and we had reduced fat shredded cheese, but again, use what you have.

Instant Mug o’ Mac & Cheese in the Microwave
Serves: 1
Source: The Family Kitchen

1/3 cup pasta
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup skim milk
1/2 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese

Combine the pasta and water in a large mug or bowl. Microwave on high for two minutes, then stir. A lot of times the water will overflow while it heats up. It is OK if this happens. If you don’t want it to overflow just make this in a very large microwaveable bowl. Repeat this for at least 2 to 4 more minutes, stirring at each 2-minute interval. The water should absorb completely and the pasta will be cooked through. If the pasta needs another minute it is okay to add one more teaspoon of water and microwave for another minute. My pasta cooked through in 4 minutes every time, but my microwaves tends to be very powerful.

Remove it from the microwave and stir in the milk and cheese. Microwave for another minute. Stir the cheese thoroughly into the pasta and enjoy!

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