microwave mac and cheese in a mug

also known as: muggy mac and cheese

there's a lot of recipes for this online, when i found out this was a thing
i reeeeally wanted to try it but a lot of them needed ingredients like "flour" and "cornstarch"
(fancy ingredients which do not exist in my single braincell brain) so i threw these ingredients
into a mug and hoped for the best. it actually turned out pretty good and now i eat it like every week oops


1/2 cup elbow pasta (every time i try it with another type it doesn't come out right)
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (mild is best? idk the smaller shredded cheese is annoying)
1/2 cup water (tap water or bottled water is good, why waste the bottled water tho)
a mug (i mean yeah. make sure it's not like, really small, it needs to be a little wide for the pasta)
a fork (or a spoon. but who eats pasta with a SPOON. stab that hard wheat)
a not-paper plate (needs to be like... a plate... so the water that spills out goes somewhere)
a microwave (..it's microwave mac and cheese)


1) fill the mug with the pasta, if you're eyeballing it like i usually do just pour in half

2) pour in the water, should be the same amount as the pasta (or just a little bit above the pasta)

3) stir with the fork, i usually use the bottom so the fork doesn't stab the pasta

4) put in the plate and the mug on top (to catch the water that spills out), cook for a minute

5) take it out once it's ready, stir a little bit, then put back in for another minute

6) again, take it out and stir, except this time put it in for 30 seconds (also if there's a lot of water on
the plate pour it out)

7) take it out, stir, 30 seconds yeah u got it

8) sometimes it's ready by this time, but usually i put it in for another 30 seconds to make it softer. it's your choice lol

9) should be done by now (unless you have a weak microwave, in that case keep doing 30 secs till its good), take it out

10) take the cheddar cheese and just. Dump It All Into The Mug. now stir a lot till most of it's melted and the pasta is yellow

11) obligatory "enjoy your food" step, but yeah enjoy!!


as said before i don't measure this anymore, i just eyeball everything at this point and hope for the best.
really it isn't too difficult to pour in the pasta and water halfway, as for the cheese i just take a handful
out of the bag and dump it in then stir a lot. i'd say measure it the first few times you do it though to get
used to the amounts the ingredients require (unless you're mad good at eyeballing measurements, cool skill)

also the amount of ingredients and stuff makes it look a little long but trust me this takes me like 5 minutes to make,
it goes by really fast (at least for me now but i'm used to it)

oh and lastly if you're worried about the water boiling over (it looks scary yeah) don't worry, it happens, the plate's there
to get all the water that spills out lol. it's all good