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Microwave Macaroni and Cheese?

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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