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We have a favorite after school snack!  Mac and Cheese Cups are wonderful.  These little cups pop in your mouth and taste just like Grandma’s Homemade Mac and Cheese.

Mac and Cheese Cups

Mac and Cheese Bites

I love making Macaroni and Cheese in my Instant Pot, mostly because it’s so quick and easy AND because it reminds me of when I was little and my Grandma would make for me.  I take this traditional Mac and Cheese Recipe to potlucks and it’s the first to be eaten.  Oh it’s good!

Mac and Cheese Bites

So why not throw a twist on a great recipe and make these Mac and Cheese Cups for an Appetizer or Snack,  They are fun to eat for sure.

12 Servings | Ready in 10 minutes | Good for Appetizer or Snack | 6qt Instant Pot

Mac and Cheese Bites

Pour elbow noodles in Instant Pot and set to 5 minutes manual high pressure. Allow a 4 minute natural release.

Mac and Cheese Bites

Pasta will clump together when you open the lid. Stir with a spoon to break up the noodles.

Mac and Cheese Bites

In a separate bowl whisk eggs and then pour over noodles. Give a good stir to combine.

Mac and Cheese Bites

Add cheese and stir giving a perfectly cheesy Mac and Cheese

Mac and Cheese Bites

Grease mini Muffin tins and sprinkle a little parmesan in each cup, top with some seasoned bread crumbs.

Mac and Cheese Bites

Add a spoon full of Mac and Cheese into each tin and press down slightly

Mac and Cheese Bites

Top each cup with more parmesan cheese and seasoned bread crumbs and bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown

Mac and Cheese Bites

Use a knife to loosen the edges of each cup and set on a plate

Mac and Cheese Cups

Mac and Cheese Bites are a perfect appetizer or after school snack

Yield: 36 Cups

Mac and Cheese Bites

Mac and Cheese Bites

Fun bite sized Mac and Cheese Bites. Wonderful afternoon snack for the kids or serve as an appetizer. The men will love these snacks for any game too!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8oz elbow pasta
  • 2 1/2 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 Tbs Butter
  • 3/4 Cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Monterey Jack Cheese
  • 1 Cup Parmesan Cheese * Divided
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/2 Cup Seasoned Bread Crumbs
  • 2 Eggs

Instructions

  1. In your Instant Pot, add 2 1/2 cups of Chicken Broth, 1/2 tsp Salt and 1 tsp Dry Mustard and give it a quick stir. Add pasta.
  2. Set to Manual Mode for 5 minutes. It will take about 8 minutes to pressure up. And Natural Release for 4 minutes. Then quick release.
  3. Open lid, and with a large spoon stir pasta. The pasta will clump up when cooking but quickly breaks apart when stirred.
  4. Add Butter and Evaporated milk and give a quick stir.
  5. Add Sharp Cheddar, Monterey Jack Cheese and stir to melt. Add Nutmeg.
  6. In a separate bowl whisk eggs together and then pour over noodles and stir
  7. Spray a mini muffin tin and sprinkle Parmesan Cheese on the bottom of each little cup.
  8. Sprinkle a little season bread crumbs over the parmesan cheese
  9. Spoon 1 spoonful of mac and cheese into each tin and press down slightly
  10. sprinkle a little bit of parmesan cheese and bread crumbs on top
  11. repeat and fill the tray of mini cups
  12. bake at 350 for 20-25 mins or until golden brown on top
  13. Remove from oven and allow to sit for 2 Minutes (DO NOT let them sit longer or they won't come out of the pan)
  14. Use a knife to run around the edges of the tins and loosen the Mac and Cheese Bites. Serve and enjoy!
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