Monday, August 22, 2011

The Kids Cook Monday - Macaroni & Cheese Muffins

In keeping with the back to school themes I'm seeing everywhere, our The Kids Cook Monday post shares a fun new recipe that would go great in a lunchbox--macaroni & cheese muffins!

My mom actually sent me the recipe, but it looked perfect for my kids with a few tweaks (since we happen to be big fans of the extra cheesy kinds of macaroni and cheese). One thing I will do differently next time though is using paper muffin cups. I had a couple stick to the pan, but that's my own fault for buying the cheap no-name bake spray.

Macaroni & Cheese Muffins

Round butter-flavored crackers (I used Ritz, but I bet veggie crackers would be yummy)
1 (8-ounce) package elbow macaroni
1 can cheddar cheese soup
1/2 cup cooking creme (I used Philly Roasted Garlic) or 1/2 cup milk
3 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (keep 1/4 cup out to sprinkle on top)
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray. (Seriously, use muffin papers, you'll thank me later when you don't have to soak your muffin pans.)

-Place a cracker in the bottom of each muffin cup and set aside.

-Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain and return to pot.

-Stir in remaining ingredients till well-blended. Spoon mixture into muffin cups and sprinkle with extra cheese.

-Bake 15 to 18 minutes, or until heated through. Let stand for 5 minutes, remove from tin with knife if you don't use the muffin papers.

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  1. Yum, these look really good and super bento friendly. Thanks for posting the recipe!

  2. Great idea. I make baked macaroni all the time and this is a perfect way to transport to school!

  3. Cheddar cheese soup? Now that is something I never heard about! Must be something American. Too bad, because it means I can't try them and they sound so good!

  4. Yumm and perfect to pop in lunches. Can not wait for the girls to get back to school so I can start creating again. Totally slacked off with the cross country move and all ;)

  5. My kids would love that. Thanks for sharing.

  6. What a great idea! I am always looking for some good peanut free recipes for my son's lunches!

  7. I made these and just posted them on my site - stop by and see. Also I linked back to you - thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Making these now with my new Kindergartener. She loves measuring and stirring and cooking with mom... this was a perfect recipe for us to make together. :) Have you tried freezing the leftovers? I wonder how well they do when defrosted... Thank you!



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