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5-ingredient stay-home recipe: Microwave Mac & Cheese

Last Updated: June 17, 2021

Written by Vera Leng

Mac & cheese is one of those meals that seem to work no matter how elaborate or how simple you want the recipe to be. But cheese is cheese, and it tastes good no matter the form you decide on.

This recipe goes out to anyone who longs for a tasty, filling meal but is either a klutz in the kitchen or simply doesn’t have two hours to bake mac & cheese in a crockpot. Here’s how you can make mac & cheese in a microwave in just five minutes, using five ingredients.

A top down shot of Mac & Cheese in a mug

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup macaroni
  • 1/3 cup water
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese

Tools

  • A large, microwavable mug
  • Microwave

Recipe preparation

Cooking time: 5 minutes
Feeds 1

  • Pour your macaroni and water into your microwavable mug, then sprinkle a pinch of salt.
  • Microwave for 4 minutes, stopping every minute to stir.
  • Add in shredded cheese and milk, and stir.
  • Microwave for another 1 minute or until cheese melts fully.

Recipe in pictures

An image of macaroni, milk, and shredded cheese

Step 1: Pour your macaroni and water into your microwavable mug, then sprinkle a pinch of salt.

A pouring shot of milk A pouring shot of shredded cheese

Step 2: Microwave for 4 minutes, stopping every minute to stir.

Step 3: Add in shredded cheese and milk, and stir.

A scooping shot of mac & cheese

Step 4: Microwave for another 1 minute or until the cheese melts fully.

A top down shot of Mac & Cheese in a mug

Don’t knock this ridiculously easy recipe just yet—you’ll still be able to get your cheese pull and whatever cheesy goodness that you so desire.

For the shredded cheese, I used a cheese mix of parmesan, cheddar, and mozzarella for that all-rounded sharpness, but of course, your cheese choice is yours to make. And if you find that one mug alone doesn’t even scratch the surface of your appetite, go on, have two. We don’t judge.

Expected damage: S$1 – S$1.50 per portion

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