Macaroni and cheese cups! These Mac and Cheese Cups are baked in the oven and almost too cute to eat! The kids will love these for every meal!
Healthier Mac and Cheese Cups
Macaroni and cheese is a kid staple! So let’s make them into cupcakes by baking them in muffin tins! This will reinvent the meal for your kids and make it easy for you to have them eat it on the go or pack it as a snack in their lunch bag. They’re so cute you’ll want to serve them at your next dinner party though! These definitely aren’t just for kids.
Baked Mac and Cheese
It’s important to let these bake long enough! When the macaroni gets baked it melts the cheese again and binds each noodle together in the form of these cute cupcakes! That’s why they also need to rest in the muffin tins when they come out of the oven. Just let them rest for 5 minutes so they don’t lose their shape when you pop them out! If you’re planning to pack these in lunches, I would recommend using cupcake liners, but if they’re just for dinner then grease the pans and call it good!
Making Mac and Cheese Cups
My favorite kitchen tools are my food scoops! I use them for cupcakes, cookies and Mac and Cheese Cups! They help to make your baked goods all the same size and it rounds out your cookie dough balls automatically. Yay! (I love the yellow handled for cupcakes and the black for cookies) I used crushed up Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies to top my Mac and Cheese Cups before they hit the oven. This ingredient is optional but it gives them a fun look and a little added texture. I also sprinkled some chives on top to give them a pop of color!
I piled mine suuuuuper high!
Homemade is Best
There are a few different reasons we love cooking food at home from scratch for our families. You might be surprised at some of the reasons!
- Performing an act for someone, like cooking for them, is a form of altruism. Altruism can make you feel happy and connected to your family.
- Home cooking tastes better! When you are using real ingredients, spices and flavors, it blows boxed and frozen foods out of the water!
- Cooking can create bonds. Especially when you do it with your kids. This cooking bond promotes well being, positive growth and closeness within relationships.
- Using fresh, quality ingredients helps boost the nutrition you are feeding your family and increases your overall health.
Can’t get enough macaroni and cheese, try our Hidden Veggie Mac and Cheese!
Mac and Cheese Cups
- Cook pasta according to box instructions and then rinse with cold water.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin tins with cupcake liners or spray with nonstick spray!
- In a sauce pan, add butter and flour. Stir and cook for 1 minute.
- Add milk and chicken broth and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add salt and cheese, stir until smooth. Add cooked pasta and stir until coated.
- Fill muffin tins! You can pile them high because they won’t rise when they bake. Sprinkle on crushed cheese crackers and bake for 20-25 minutes. Let set for a few minute before removing from pan.
- Sprinkle of chopped chives and serve warm!
I'm a registered dietitian, mom of 4, avid lover of food and strong promoter of healthy habits. Here you will find lots of delicious recipes full of fruits and veggies, tips for getting your kids to eat better and become intuitive eaters and lots of resources for feeding your family.Learn More about Natalie