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Italian Mac and Cheese Muffins

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Italian Mac and Cheese Muffins
  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 50 min
  • Servings 6

Fill muffin cups with ground beef, cheese and macaroni for single-serving mac-n-cheese casseroles. They're ready in under an hour. MORE+ LESS-

Arlene Cummings
Updated September 9, 2016
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cups uncooked elbow macaroni (about 5 1/2 oz)
lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef, if desired
cup butter
cups milk
loaf (16 oz. box) VELVEETA™ Original Cheese, cut into 1-inch cubes
bag (8 oz) finely shredded Italian cheese blend (2 cups)
Salt and pepper to taste
cup Progresso™ Italian style panko crispy bread crumbs


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  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 12 regular-size muffin cups with cooking spray. Cook macaroni as directed on package—except cook 2 minutes less time. Drain; place in large bowl.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, in 10-inch skillet, cook ground beef over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly cooked. Drain; set aside.
  • 3
    In microwavable bowl, microwave butter, milk and prepared cheese product on High about 5 minutes. Remove from microwave; stir with whisk until cheese begins to melt. Microwave on High in 1-minute increments, stirring after each minute, until cheese is completely melted and mixture is smooth.
  • 4
    Add cheese mixture and ground beef to macaroni in bowl. Stir in 1 1/2 cups of the shredded cheese until well mixed. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • 5
    Fill each muffin cup with macaroni mixture. Sprinkle bread crumbs and remaining shredded cheese over tops.
  • 6
    Cover pan loosely with foil, making sure foil does not touch cheese. Bake 20 minutes.
  • 7
    Remove from oven; remove foil. Cool at least 10 minutes before remove muffins from cups.

Expert Tips

  • Muffins will still be wet when first removed from the oven. But once they cool, they are easy to remove from the pan with a small metal spatula.
  • Kids can be picky. They might prefer them without the ground beef.
  • If you omit the ground beef, these cute little muffins make a great side dish. One is plenty to go with a grilled chicken breast or pork chop.
  • This recipe can also be made in a casserole dish for more of a traditional mac and cheese, or in individual ramekins.

Nutrition Information

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