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Mac and Cheese Muffins plus Tasty Tuesdays Linky Party

According to my trusty list of fun yet irrelevant holidays, July 14th is National Macaroni and Cheese Day. So for something a little different I made it to go with these Mac and Cheese Muffins.

Mac and Cheese Muffins - bake macaroni and cheese in muffin pans to take on the go. Great for picnics or back to school.

There’s nothing really complicated about baked macaroni and cheese, and I made it a bit faster by baking them in muffin tins instead of a longer cooking casserole dish.


We made these for a picnic in the backyard, but they’d also be great for school lunches. Oops should I not remind you yet school is around the corner. At least for us. We go back in one month!

Mac and Cheese is a bit like pizza because it is so easily adaptable!

  • Start with your favorite shape of pasta (elbows, shells, rotini, penne, etc.) I do not recommend long noodles for this, you want something that will hold the cheese.
  • Use your favorite kind of cheese, mix and match if you want
  • Add veggies, bacon, or anything else that sounds good to you.
  • Top with bread crumbs, or crushed crackers or chips.

We went with rotini, just cheddar, bacon crumbles and topped them with Steakhouse Onion flavored Funyuns. They are not a sponsor, M just picked up a bag because his big brother said they were awesome. They are.

Mac and Cheese Muffins

Serves 12
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 30 minutes
Meal type Appetizer, Cheese and Eggs, Kid Friendly, Meat Dishes, Meatless Main Dishes, Pasta
Mac and Cheese Muffins - bake macaroni and cheese in muffin pans to take on the go. Great for picnics or back to school.

Ingredients

  • 1/2lb pasta (elbow, rotini, penne, etc.)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups grated cheese, divided use (cheddar, swiss, gruyere, monterey jack, parmesan, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup finely crushed onion flavored rings (or crackers, chips or seasoned bread crumbs, etc.)

Optional

  • 1/4 cup bacon crumbles

Note

Mix and match your favorite pasta shapes, cheeses and toppings. The photograph is rotini, cheddar and crushed Funyuns (not a sponsor).

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees, line 12 muffin cups with liners
Cook pasta al dente, per package directions.
While pasta cooks, in a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat and add flour to make a roux. Cook until golden brown, 1-2 minutes.
Whisk in the milk and bring to a boil. Boil for one minute stirring constantly.
Remove white sauce (the milk gravy) from the heat, add 1 cup of cheese and stir until cheese is melted.
Drain pasta completely. Combine pasta, bacon and remaining cheese. Divide equally among the muffin pan. Top each with crushed onion rings.
Bake 10-15 minutes until bubbly and topping is lightly browned. Let cool for a few minutes and then press down gently on each muffin to help them hold together.

 

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Until next time, happy eating.
~Audrey

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  1. Helen Fern

    I love the idea of using the onion flavored rings in the mac and cheese! Thanks for hosting the party!

    1. Audrey

      Thanks Helen. When I was getting the pasta out of the pantry I spotted them and knew I had to use them.

  2. Easy Peasy Life Matters

    Just the thought of mac and cheese muffins makes my mouth water! They sound so easy to make too! Thanks for sharing and for hosting 🙂
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    1. Audrey

      Thanks for partying with us every week.

  3. GiGi Eats

    OH MAN! If I could eat mac & cheese – I would make these EVERY day! My fiance would prob jump in front of a bus for them!
    GiGi Eats recently posted…Reeling In The Truth: Can You Poach Fish In The Dishwasher?My Profile

    1. Audrey

      My son would eat mac and cheese every day too. Loved your fish video! I’m a SoCal girl too, no way I would have wanted to try it.

  4. Michelle

    I have never had any Funyuns other than original. This Mac ounces delicious!😋
    Michelle

    1. Audrey

      Hubby’s big brother told him to find these so you know he had to go search them out.

  5. Krista

    this looks so fun. My granddaughter is coming over this weekend – I think I will try these with her.

    1. Audrey

      I hope she will like them.

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