Lifehacker posted an article about creating an individual macaroni and cheese in a coffee cup...in the microwave. The point is to make a non-processed individual serving as a quick side or as a way to feed a craving. You can buy the microwavable individual serving mac and cheese in the store, but it's all processed and chemical driven.
I like mac an cheese, but never fix it because it takes too long to make a good one and the blue box stuff is just crap - in my opinion. Let me also tell you that until I bought my condo in 2009 I didn't even own a microwave. I was without a microwave from 2001 until 2009 and was perfectly happy. I still don't use a microwave much, but at least I have one now -- I gave into the modern American requirement (actually, it came with the condo, I didn't request it).
Back to the matter at hand. When I first saw this recipe, I wanted to try it immediately. Unfortunately, I didn't have macaroni. The smallest noodle I had was orecchiette. Let's just say using orecchiette doesn't work. It just turns into a noodle brick. See!
Today I tried it with actual macaroni. While the recipe works pretty well, in my mug and my microwave, I had to add about 1/4 cup more water after the second two minute cooking window.
I didn't have shredded cheese, but I did have a couple slices of cheddar, which I crumbled up and put in the cup. I also added just a splash of soy milk and stirred. Definitely needed to add a bit of salt and pepper, too. Other than that, I followed the recipe exactly.
It was good. I could easily see myself eating this a few times a year. It tastes a hell of a lot better than the pre-packaged stuff and takes a lot less time than a true homemade mac and cheese. Next time, I'll try it with a different cheese -- maybe Gruyere...
Have you tried recipes from Lifehacker? Do you ever crave mac and cheese - and if so, how to you deal with it? How often do you use your microwave? Do you have an irrational hatred of the microwave, like I do?
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