Baked Mac and Cheese for One

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Sue Lally

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@Susie429

Cooking for one can be a challenge. No matter how much I like something, I don't really want to eat it for the next 5 days, ha! What I love about this recipe, is that I can make myself a nice, creamy, single serving of mac & cheese, or I can double or triple it if I want some to take to work or share with a friend. It's soooo much better than that boxed stuff!

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What a wonderful way to indulge yourself in macaroni and cheese... while still maintaining portion control! It's creamy, cheesy, and better than any single-serve mac and cheese you'll get from the store. Quick and easy to make, you probably have the ingredients in your kitchen already. A great recipe if you're cooking for one. Test Kitchen Avatar The Test Kitchen


Rating:

★★★★★ 24 votes

Comments:
Serves:
1
Prep:
10 Min
Cook:
20 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

  • 4 Tbsp
    uncooked macaroni pasta
  • 1 Tbsp
    butter
  • 1 Tbsp
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 pinch
    pepper
  • 1/4 tsp
    salt
  • 1/8 tsp
    onion powder
  • 1/2 c
    milk
  • 1/2 c
    cheddar cheese, shredded
  • *OPTIONAL INGREDIENTS

  • 1/8 tsp
    ground mustard
  • 1 dash(es)
    hot sauce
  • 1 dash(es)
    Worcestershire sauce
  • TOPPINGS

  • 1 Tbsp
    cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 tsp
    bread crumbs (I like Panko bread crumbs)

How to Make Baked Mac and Cheese for One

Test Kitchen Tips
We used a 5oz ramekin and it fits perfectly.

Step-by-Step

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Fill a small saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Add pasta and let boil about 8 min or until the pasta is cooked but still firm. Drain & set pasta aside.
  3. In the same saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat.
  4. Stir in the flour, salt, pepper, and onion powder and stir until combined.
  5. Add milk and whisk until smooth. Cook for about 2 minutes stirring constantly until mixture thickens.
  6. Reduce heat to low. At this point, if using add the ground mustard, Worcestershire, or hot sauce.
  7. Add cheese and stir until cheese melts and the mixture is smooth. Stir in the pasta.
  8. Spoon into greased, oven-proof ramekin, soup crock, or small gratin dish. Sprinkle top with cheddar cheese, or bread crumbs if you wish (I use both!).
  9. Place on a small baking sheet (in case it bubbles over), and bake for about 10-15 minutes until the cheese is melted and it is heated through.
  10. *Note: There are so many ways you can vary this. You could use sauteed onions instead of the onion powder, or add bacon, etc. Let your imagination run wild! :)

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About Baked Mac and Cheese for One

Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy For Kids



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