Microwave Mac and Cheese Mug Mess

Mac & Cheese mug

As a general rule, I like to stuff carbs and cheese in my face as fast as possible.

So when Pinterest told me I could make my own creamy, delicious mac and cheese in the microwave, I was all for it! Oh, and it’s also cheaper than the stuff you buy at the store? Okay, that’s a nice bonus, but I was already pretty much sold, based solely on the concept of stuffing my face as quickly as humanly possible.

And it’s easy to make, too, according to recipes like this instant mug of microwaved mac and cheese from Babble. That’s why CraftFail reader Jenn gathered up the few ingredients called for, and followed the instructions exactly. Pasta, water, milk and cheese? With a recipe that simple, how could it not turn out perfect?

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Well, I guess instead of perfect, it could turn out to be a steaming cup of gritty curdled milk, swimming in scalding hot beige cheese water. Umm, no thanks – I’ll just go ahead and wait seven minutes for the macaroni on the stove to be ready.

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For more funny find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures, where she teaches her kids about delayed gratification by cooking things the old-fashioned way… and then burning all the food and calling for take-out.

3 Responses to Microwave Mac and Cheese Mug Mess

  1. Sam says:

    ‘Mac ‘n’ cheese’ is the most insufferable abbreviation ever, and it took me ages to figure out what the hell people were on about when they mentioned it. Then I found out they were talking about something that was just macaroni and cheese; but with no ingredients except the cheese and the macaroni?! THEN I read the first sentence of the babble post linked above, which mentions ‘organic boxed mac and cheese’. Really? The mind boggles as to how what I’m assuming is some terrible freeze dried orange concoction could be ‘organic’ but I’m glad the author threw that in there just to attempt to sound like she cared about her kids health, lol.

  2. Anne says:

    If there was water left, she wasn’t ready to add the milk and cheese. The instructions say “The water should absorb completely and the pasta will be cooked through.” Kind of implies that there should be no excess water left in the cup before adding the rest of the ingredients.

    Also, how does milk curdle after about one minute in the microwave when mixed with cheese, pasta, and the leftover water?

  3. GS says:

    Yeah, I’m not too sure how that happened, either. I’ve made this a few times along with those “brownie in a mug” “cake in a mug” “it’s the future let’s put everything in a mug” recipes (except the sugar cookie in a mug…that was NOT tasty)… I’ve never had any issues with any of those recipes other than the fact that they don’t take “3 minutes” and most of them need modifying for your own microwave.

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