Lazy Kitchen Ep. 8: 5-Minute No Bake Mug Mac and Cheese

Hello and we’re back with our microwave kitchen gremlin ways.

Introduction: Mac and Cheese

As a Filipino, Mac and Cheese didn’t really feature much in my diet. I’m obviously generalizing –I have no idea how it is for other households— but anyway. I digress.

Mac and cheese is a high-carb high-fat high-everything dish that can easily fill you up. I occasionally have it as a side dish with roasted chicken or ribs, or as a dorm-friendly dinner.

Ingredients for Mac and Cheese

  • 1/2 cup elbow macaroni (though we only had salad macaroni –a kind of short tube pasta— at home)
  • 1/2 cup of water (enough to cover the macaroni)
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese (does Eden cheese even count as cheddar…)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

My mom found the taste bland, so I ended up adding another 2 tablespoons of shredded cheddar cheese for her mug.

Mac and Cheese Recipe

This recipe is so lazy that (1) I can do it in my sleep, (2) you do it with a microwave, and (3) it’s based almost entirely from this Tasty recipe online. I did change things up a bit.

I can’t believe I put myself through making 4 servings of this microwave recipe.

Prep time: 1 minute

Cook time: 5 minutes

So really this recipe takes around 6-7 minutes total and my post title is misleading. But because I had to do it for 4 people, it took me around 25 minutes. In hindsight I should have just done everything in a proper pot instead of abusing our poor microwave, but I was too lazy to wash more dishes.

  1. Mix the macaroni, water and a pinch of salt in a microwaveable mug.
  2. Microwave for 2-4 minutes, then stir. The water should have boiled. Check to make sure that the pasta is already mostly cooked! I personally cooked my pasta in intervals of 2 minutes.
  3. Add the milk, cheese, salt and pepper. Stir.
  4. Microwave for another 30 seconds and stir.
  5. Enjoy!

And regret your life decisions, to be honest. This was actually super filling. I think I should have ratioed everything down to 1/3 or even 1/4 cup of salad macaroni.

Until next time!

Your resident kitchen gremlin ❤️

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