Baked Mac and Cheese Cups

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! 

Mac and Cheese Cups

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.

Mac and Cheese Cups

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!

Mac and Cheese Cups

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!

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Mac and Cheese Cups

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Mac and Cheese Cups

Baked Mac and Cheese Cups
Serves: 12
Serving Size = 1 muffin cup
Prep Time: 10 m
Cook Time: 20 m

Ingredients

  • 3 cup – elbow noodles
  • 1/4 cup – butter, unsalted
  • 1/4 cup – flour, all-purpose
  • 1 1/2 cup – milk
  • 1 1/2 cup – chicken broth, low-sodium
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon – salt
  • 2 cup – cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 serving – Goldfish Crackers

Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to box instructions and then rinse with cold water.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin tins with cupcake liners or spray with nonstick spray!
  3. In a sauce pan, add butter and flour.  Stir and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Add milk and chicken broth and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add salt and cheese, stir until smooth.  Add cooked pasta and stir until coated.
  6. 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.
  7. Sprinkle of chopped chives and serve warm!

Nutrition Facts

  • Nutrition per serving % daily value
  • Calories: 208 10%
  • Fat: 11 g 17%
  • Carb: 16 g 5%
  • Fiber: 0 g 0%
  • Protein: 8 g 16%
  • Sugar: 2 g
written by
Natalie Monson

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Comments(9)
Tanya says:

Can you freeze these? What would be the best reheat option if so? Also, does this muffin cup method work with some squash added in?

Lizzy Early says:

Yes, you can definitely freeze these! My best suggestion for reheating would be in the oven, the microwave tends to make things soggy sometimes. As for the squash, it would depend on the size of the pieces, but yes, it should!

Erika says:

Can i sub the milk for nut milk and can I sub the noodles for like lentil pasta ..

Lizzy Early says:

Yes, you can sub the milk and the pasta type!

Ginny says:

The veggie is so hidden even I don’t see it!!! ?Maybe you accidentally left it out?

Lizzy Early says:

That’s for another one of our mac and cheese recipes!

Liz says:

Is that 3 cups elbow pasta cooked or uncooked amount ?

Inareta says:

I made these for my kids lunches and they loved it. I didn’t have the goldfish crackers though so I put on top some nutritional yeast instead.

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