Instant Mug Mac & Cheese

1 Posted by - November 28, 2012 - Food & Drink

Ah, mug things. You know they tend not to go well. But does that stop me? Nope. Especially when I’m hungry. Just call me a raving optimist.

And today I had my sights set on macaroni and cheese.

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I’m not sure why this sounded appealing, especially since that Kraft shit barely lives up to the name macaroni and cheese. Blergh. But this promised to be easy and have real cheese, so, how bad could it be? (Famous last words.)

Not promising.

Now, the instructions do say that this is going to boil over and it’s “OK” if that happens. The hell it is. Stop boiling over in my damn microwave!

I don’t let my neuroses out to play too often, but when it comes to things exploding, boiling over, or otherwise fucking up my microwave, it’s on, bitch. You have no idea how hard it was to watch this happening and be “OK” with it. But it was for science. Breathe. For science.

I ended up putting my macaroni and cheese through three 2-minute cycles. It was not done at all after the second, and after the third… well…

I reasoned that maybe the addition of milk and cheese would save it, so I pressed on.

Yeah, so not exactly the kind of thing that makes you bubble over (as the case may be) with confidence.

Still, when you have a thing made with milk, cheese, and noodles, it can’t possibly be that bad, and so I ate it. And I was right– it wasn’t that bad… as in, I’ve had things that were worse.

Of course, the texture was sort of disturbing. The term “boiled snot” comes to mind. And I’m not sure that’s a term that would come to mind in any other case.

So I guess it’s sort of a toss-up between whether this mac and cheese or that Kraft shit wins the Worst Mac and Cheese Ever award. Maybe you should try it and judge for yourself. Ha.


  • charla November 28, 2012 - 8:48 am Reply

    This was especially awesome to read as I just tried this 2 days ago. It worked a little better for me, but the cheese milk mixture wasn’t as smooth as I would have liked. I used a large soup mug and it still boiled over. I cooked for 2 min, stirred, cooked for 2 more, added a teaspoon of water and cooked 1 more min. Macaroni was done. It was the texture of the cheese that bothered me the most, but I wonder if that has something to do with using almond milk instead of cow’s milk.

  • Ethne Hedren Denham November 28, 2012 - 10:53 am Reply

    Honestly Pintester, yours doesn’t look that bad.  Because cheese makes everything marvelous.  However, the promises made in the picture of the pin were complete garbage.  They totally put Kraft M & C in that mug and lied.  And isn’t that what half of Pinterest is – lies to make us feel like we can do stuff and then make us feel like worthless human beings for failing at everything?  Which is why you failing on our behalf saves lives.  You deserve the Nobel Peace Prize.  Or a Darwin Award.  Either or.

    • Julie Harrell-Dennis December 28, 2012 - 4:54 pm Reply

      You have to die to get a Darwin Award (or sterilize yourself so that you are removed from the gene pool). So let’s go with the Nobel Peace Prize so that we will still have a blog to read.

  • mndhild November 28, 2012 - 11:18 am Reply

    When it comes to Mac and Cheese, I just don’t do it.  I either make the noodles all mushy and gross or the cheese mixture is a chunky snot vomit mixed concoction.  So even though the Kraft may be icky, I go for the shapes.  For some reason, Spongebob has never steered me wrong yet and it is edible, more so than my attempts to seem like a good housewife by making things from scratch.

  • _theBFG November 28, 2012 - 1:13 pm Reply


  • _theBFG November 28, 2012 - 1:23 pm Reply

    Pintester, I must tell you that I love your slightly out of focus, poorly lit and maybe just a tad too-zoomed-in photography. It’s a big relief to see REAL photos when so many blogs are full of crazy over-stylized and manicured pics with flower petals that just *happen* to be scattered about and lighting that just *happens* to be perfect and, in all other ways, look like they came straight out of Martha Stewart magazine. Fuck perfection.
    You’re ferrealz, yo.

    • Pintester November 28, 2012 - 1:48 pm Reply

      _theBFG I think you just insulted me, but you were so nice about it that I don’t really mind. 😉

  • dallaschancey1 November 28, 2012 - 1:28 pm Reply

    Looks like baby throw up. Or something the dog would throw up… Bon Appetite!

  • Libraryofbird November 28, 2012 - 1:28 pm Reply

    Don’t all these “in a MUG!” Recipe creators have anything better to do with their mugs? I know I do coffee, tea, wine! I’ll take my brownies and Mac n cheese the normal ways (in batter form and velvetta shells n cheese).

  • UnfitParent November 28, 2012 - 3:08 pm Reply

    I’ll eat mac & cheese in any form.  It’s carbs and cheese, what’s not to love?  I’ll eat it in a mug, I’ll eat it off a bug.  I’ll eat it off a floozy, I’ll eat it with some boozey.

  • inkgrrl November 28, 2012 - 3:18 pm Reply

    OMG it’s totally identical what’s the problem??

  • EmmaBeEmma November 28, 2012 - 5:53 pm Reply

    My mac and cheese is always lumpy and gross.  My husband’s is fabulous.  He stirs it for literally 10 minutes.  I used to stand in the kitchen crying because I was so hungry – JUST SERVE IT ALREADY YOU JACKASS!  But now, I realize, it’s the best mac and cheese in the world.  Now I dance around while waiting, singing, “Stir it for me baby, uh huh uh huh.  Stir it for me baby, uh huh uh huh.” ala the Pretty Fly for a White Guy song.

  • Truffles8761 November 28, 2012 - 6:33 pm Reply

    You’re brave to even post this one.  It looks a bit train-wreckish and somewhat vomitty.  But I really have to give you mad props for “balls”.  BTW, I love Kraft Mac & Cheese.  Does that make me a bad person?

  • JonShepherd November 28, 2012 - 11:03 pm Reply

    I love Kraft as well.  I add salt to mine.  Dont ask.  I read the original recipe on her website since I am a mac and cheese freak (ill eat any kind there is….except this).  That lady is doing too much with coffee mugs.  The 2 minute scrambled eggs looked absolutely terrifying …..

    • Christine G November 29, 2012 - 4:18 pm Reply

      JonShepherd Scrambled eggs only take two minutes in a PAN! Does this lady not own cookware other than mugs?!?

  • SarahKruse November 29, 2012 - 7:33 am Reply

    It still looks like something the 2 year old would eat, and that’s a win in my book.

  • m_pinning November 29, 2012 - 8:38 am Reply

    You know what would make it perfect? Bacon. Just add some bacon.

  • eileensideways November 29, 2012 - 10:48 am Reply


  • ToriPerrinMcConnell November 29, 2012 - 2:13 pm Reply

    I’ve made that before. I’m not sure which was worse….the taste or cleaning the dried on crusted milk and cheese out of said mug. Yuck.

  • Kaylah November 30, 2012 - 2:23 am Reply

    Oh my god. Snot is what grosses me out the most! I swear, if I see it, I puke. I actually gagged a little when you said “boiled snot”, and then when I scrolled down and see your pic— I came this close to throwing up! Thanks for the vomit inducing description, and photo. That’s why I love you. lol

  • ainsley_brock November 30, 2012 - 9:53 am Reply

    It looks.. Delicious :/ The original picture has like no cheese. Also if its gonna ruin my microwave (i’m to lazy to clean it out so it’ll stink forever) I won’t do it.  Just grab the velveeta or heck go to KFC and buy some decent mac and cheese.

    • Kara Robson December 20, 2012 - 6:27 pm Reply

      cleaning the microwave is super easy. get a glass measuring cup and about 1 oz of white vinegar and microwave it for 5 minutes then just wipe away and it smells like new!

  • LKGirlHPFan December 1, 2012 - 11:33 am Reply

    The original picture looks like plastic… Yours looks good. In the last picture, at least… Beforehand, it looked like a smiley face desperately needed to. Use the bathroom and found your mug. Think about that. Good luck ever using that mug again.

  • mpburbage December 2, 2012 - 11:48 am Reply

    I veer away from anything made in a mug. >_<

  • AlyPriddle December 2, 2012 - 4:43 pm Reply

    its always worked for me.. i put margarine or butter in when i boil macaroni or non-instant rice in the microwave for 20 min… but its usually a bowl full not a mug

  • Jessica Rozier February 6, 2013 - 12:15 am Reply

    I made this one too when I saw it on pinterest and it was SO bland…. nah… I’ll stick with the kraft stuff

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  • Jay Melo May 9, 2014 - 4:18 am Reply

    I made this a couple times. It’s not bad, came out creamy and pretty tasty. BUT I had to cook it so long in the micro I missed lunch and might as well have boiled the macaroni in a damn pan to start with. The trick is add the butter and milk to the cooked noodles, heat it up and then add the cheese. Don’t cook it anymore after adding the cheese. The cheese will burn and separate.

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