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Dorm Room Microwave Mug Mac & Cheese

Posted March 18, 2019 by Stephanie

This recipe is perfect for anyone without access to a full kitchen, or maybe just anyone who’s feeling lazy but not too short on time. To be honest, microwave mac & cheese takes just as long as stovetop mac & cheese, but the benefit is: you don’t have to wash anything but a mug, and that’s worth a recipe in itself.

Dorm Room Microwave Mug Mac & Cheese | www.iamafoodblog.com

Dorm Room Microwave Mug Mac & Cheese | www.iamafoodblog.com

Dorm Room Microwave Mug Mac & Cheese | www.iamafoodblog.com

Dorm Room Microwave Mug Mac & Cheese Recipe
serves 1

  • 1/2 cup small macaroni
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese

via The Kitchn

In a very large microwaveable mug, combine the macaroni, water, and salt. Stir to combine then place on a microwave safe plate.

Microwave in two minutes intervals, stirring in between, about 10 minutes total, until all the water is absorbed and the macaroni is tender.

Stir in the milk and cheese and microwave for 30 seconds, or until cheese is melted. Enjoy immediately.


  1. megan says:

    This looks awesome! I cant wait to try at home!

  2. Tessa says:

    This Mac & Cheese is awesome. I really love the taste of it. It’s really easy to make and it tastes delicious. You don’t even need a lot to make it, that’s great. This is the perfect meal when you don’t feel like cooking or you need to be fast. I’ve tried it for a couple of times now, and I love it. It’s amazing!

  3. Alexia says:

    Looks good. What kind of cheese did you use? How did you get the cheese to melt so well in a microwave?

    1. Stephanie says:

      it’s a white cheddar and it just melts, be sure to stir a lot!

  4. andrew says:

    tastes good! i don’t think i microwaved enough tho…

    1. Stephanie says:

      everyone’s microwave is a bit different! good to know that sometimes it needs more time :)

  5. Abi says:

    I LOVE this recipe so much! It’s quick, simple, and easy.

  6. Caitlin Reynolds says:

    i only microwaved it for 6 minutes and it blew up my mug ;-;

    1. Stephanie says:

      oh no! i think some mugs aren’t as microwave safe as others :(

    2. Sarah says:

      Check to see if it is microwave safe.

  7. Felicia says:

    Yum! Thank you! I was looking for a single serve recipe. Seriously so good. I love cheese so I added more on top after I stirred in the 1/2 cup. This is dangerous I already want more hahaha.

  8. Lia says:

    4 stars
    This was good but way too much milk!

  9. Marcy Smith says:

    I made this for my college student to show what you could make in a microwave. It needed to sit in the microwave for a few minutes for the cheese to finish melting and the sauce to thicken. Great recipe!

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