Mac N Cheese… the ultimate comfort food. I couldn’t get enough as a kid and sometimes even today, I’ll grab the blue box out of the pantry and whip up some cheesy goodness. But, I always wanted to find a way to make my own. And I did. With some fresh pasta and delicious creamy cheese, these bites turned out magical.
My step dad made his own homemade version of mac and cheese and when I would fly to California to visit family, I always requested it. I would eat it for breakfast every day, honest!! I never got the recipe and when he passed away 8 years ago, he took the recipe with him. However, I have tried to duplicate it to no avail… his recipe was delicious and fondly remembered.
So last Friday, I made mac n cheese in his honor since it would have been his birthday. My version was to make the side dish with my own signature. These Muffin Tin Mac N Cheese Bites use two different kinds of cheeses, milk and a bit of wine to give them some amazing flavor. And cooking them in the muffin tin kept portions in control since both hubby and I are trying to be more mindful of this. So this recipe is what I came up with.
Muffin Tin Mac N Cheese Bites
|Prep time||10 minutes|
|Cook time||10 minutes|
|Total time||20 minutes|
|Meal type||Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack|
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 4 tablespoons all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon garlic (minced)
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 1 1/2 cup 1% milk
- 1 1/2 cup mild cheddar cheese (shredded)
- 1 1/2 cup swiss cheese (shredded)
- 1/2 to 1 cup chardonnay wine
- 1lb macaroni pasta (cooked and drained)
- salt and pepper to taste
- paprika for garnish
Substitute different cheese, like goat cheese or gruyere for a creamier texture.
|Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees. |
In a large pot, add the butter and flour and cook until thickened. Add the garlic and mustard and blend together
|Add milk and stir until blended. Add the two cheeses and stir until melted. Add the wine and stir.|
|Take the cooked macaroni and add it to the cheese blend and coat the noodles. Add salt and pepper to taste|
|Spray a standard sized muffin tin with cooking spray. Fill each cup with 1/12 of the pasta mix. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake in the oven, uncovered for 10-12 minutes or until bubbly.|
Super cheesy and creamy in texture, my muffin tin mac n cheese side dish was perfect with a steak hot off the grill. You can use your favorite macaroni for this and even make them whole wheat if you prefer. I have the KitchenAid pasta attachments so I used the pasta press with the large macaroni plate. I was able to cut them to the size I wanted even though they were not all the same length. I think that makes this unique looking.
You can also add diced ham or some veggies to this if you want to make it a meaty side, but I think it’s fine just the way it is. If you were to add something, what would it be? Comment below and let me know.
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