Two-Bite Macaroni & Cheese Muffins Recipe: A Twist On America’s Favorite Side Dish by Terri Kendrick

Pasta Appetizers Lunch Dinner
7 months ago

Two-Bite Macaroni & Cheese Muffins Recipe: A Twist On America’s Favorite Side Dish

There’s nothing better than warm, gooey macaroni and cheese, fresh out of the oven. So, if macaroni and cheese and muffins got together and had a baby, you’d get these cheesy nibbles that you can eat with your fingers (and can’t stop eating!).

Inspired by Taste of Home's recipe for Mini Mac and Cheese Bites, this easy recipe has the richness of mac and cheese with the shape and texture of a mini muffin. To make these macaroni and cheese cups you will need elbow macaroni, breadcrumbs, butter, flour, onion powder, garlic salt, salt, milk, sharp cheddar cheese, Swiss cheese, biscuit baking mix and eggs.

Serve this macaroni and cheese recipe as an appetizersnack or even a light lunch or dinner with a salad.

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes
Servings: 36 (makes about 3 dozen)


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Recipe Notes

  • Take the spice up a notch with paprika, crushed red pepper flakes, oregano or any of your favorite spices.
  • Add some bacon bits or chives for extra flavor.
  • Grating the cheese yourself (instead of using already grated cheese) makes for a smoother mornay sauce (white sauce with cheese).
  • Try different cheeses for different tastes.

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Cook the pasta according to package instructions. Drain.
  2. Grease mini muffin pans (three pans that accommodate a dozen each) and sprinkle breadcrumbs to cover the bottom of each cup.
  3. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat and stir in flour and seasonings to make your roux. Gradually whisk in milk, stirring constantly until smooth and thickened. Mix in 1 cup of the cheddar and all of the Swiss until melted. Remove from heat.
  4. Add the biscuit mix, beaten eggs and 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs and combine well. Stir in macaroni.
  5. Spoon a heaping teaspoonful of mac and cheese mixture into the mini muffin cups and sprinkle with remaining shredded cheddar and breadcrumbs.
  6. Bake in a preheated 425-degree F oven for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Let cool slightly before popping the muffins out of the pans.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 78

Total Fat: 4.3g

Saturated Fat: 2.5g

Cholesterol: 22mg

Sodium: 96mg

Total Carbohydrate: 5.7g

Dietary Fiber: 0.2g

Total Sugars: 0.8g

Protein: 3.9g

Vitamin D: 4mcg

Calcium: 86mg

Iron: 0mg

Potassium: 31mg

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Elisa Schmitz
Well, these look delicious, Terri Kendrick . What a fun little appetizer. My family will love these for gameday snacking this season!
Terri Kendrick
Last night, I made buffalo chicken meatballs from and my husband said he wouldn't have to go to a bar to watch football if I made those meatballs and these mac and cheese muffins for him! We'll see!! ;)
Elisa Schmitz
How great is that. Why go to a bar when you've got even better bar food at home, right? Love it, and so glad you guys enjoyed the meatballs! (I assume it was Chef Gigi 's recipe: food: 30-Minute Buffalo Chicken Meatballs Recipe: Why Didn't We Think of That? , but there are a few of them on the site: )
Elisa Schmitz
Yum! Another great one.
I could eat a bunch of these myself.

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