Single Serving Mac n Cheese
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  • ½ cup elbow pasta*
  • ¾ cup water
  • salt
  • 1-2 ounces shredded cheese**
  • ¼ cup milk (almond, whole, skim, half + half, etc)
  1. Combine the dry macaroni, water, and a pinch of salt in the biggest microwave-safe bowl you have.
  2. Microwave on high power for 2 minutes, then stir. Keep an eye on it to see if the water bubbles the side of the bowl, then stir sooner if needed. If you need to stir it, use oven mitts or a kitchen towel so you don’t burn yourself!
  3. Continue microwaving in 2-minute intervals until the pasta is cooked. Stir between each interval and continue microwaving until the pasta is soft and cooked through. This should take 4 to 8 minutes total, depending on your microwave strength. If the pasta absorbs all the water before the pasta is cooked, add another 2 tablespoons of water.
  4. Remove the bowl from the microwave (using oven mitts or a kitchen towel). Stir in the milk and cheese.
  5. Microwave on high power for 30 seconds and stir. Continue microwaving in 30 second intervals, stirring between each interval, until the cheese has melted and forms a creamy sauce. This should take 1 to 1-1/2 minutes total. For a creamier sauce, add an extra tablespoon or two of milk and cheese. Devour.
*You can use whatever kind of pasta you want: whole wheat, gluten free, low carb, whatever you want! I use the pasta from Great Low Carb Bread Company. It's fabulous considering how low carb it is.
**You have a lot of leeway when it comes to cheese. I opted for gruyere because I was feeling fancy, but cheddar is perfect for that classic mac n cheese taste. You can also use vegan cheese, but I have a vegan-friendly recipe mac n cheese recipe in the works... stay tuned. In terms of cheese measurements, ¼ cup shredded cheese is equal to an ounce. I gave you the option for 1 or 2 ounces depending on how much of a cheese fiend you are, plus you can save the calories/fat of a second second ounce. Up to you!
***You can use whatever milk you want. Obviously half and half will be creamier than milk, but is significantly higher in fat. You also may want a lighter sauce, so you can use a lower fat milk or even almond milk. Yay for options.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: the whole darn thing Calories: 178 Net Carbs: 8g Protein: 20g
Recipe by Foodie Fiasco at