Mac & Cheese Muffins

Do I even have to say anything about these little genius muffins? Legit, mac & cheese in muffin form. Handy. Convenient. Delicious. Versatile. And I can’t wait to try them in a mini-muffin tin for parties. Yum.

Truth time: I blatantly failed at following this recipe. I put the butternut squash in the microwave to defrost and promptly found it still sitting in there hours after we were done eating. Oops. And I also forgot the cream cheese, which I think would make almost anything better. Truth be told, as I made them, these were a teensy bit on the bland side — but still amazeballs good because it’s handheld pasta and melted cheese.  Try making the recipe as it was originally written, though – I know I will (try)!

Mac & Cheese Muffins
Makes 12 muffins
Just the Tip / Inspired by What’s Cookin, Chicago

Here’s what I almost used:

  • 8 oz Barilla Plus elbows
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 3/4 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cups butternut squash puree*
  • 1 1/2 cup Monterey Jack Cheese
  • 2 tbsp cream cheese*
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/8 teaspoons pepper
  • 1/8  teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs for the topping

Here’s what I almost did:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400. Spray a muffin pan with nonstick spray and set aside.
  2. Bring a pot of water to boil for the pasta. Once boiling, add pasta and cook a couple minutes shy of the package directions. Drain and set aside.
  3. In the same pot, melt the butter over medium low heat and whisk in the flour. Cook for 1-2 minutes, and slowly pour in the milk, whisking constantly.
  4. Add in the cream cheese, monterrey jack, butternut squash, salt, pepper, and paprika. Stir until combined and add the pasta to the sauce.
  5. Fill each muffin cup with the mac & cheese about 2/3 of the way full.
  6. Sprinkle the top of each muffin with panko and bake for 7-10 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.
  7. Remove from oven and allow to rest in the pan for at least 10 minutes. Serve warm or at room temp.

2 thoughts on “Mac & Cheese Muffins

  1. Yum!! So good! I added some carmelized onions to the mix (who can resist!). What a fun and fancy way to eat mac and cheese!

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