microwave mac n cheese

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  • Ingredients

    • Serves 1
    • What You Need
    • Ingredients
    • 1/2 cup macaroni or shell pasta
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 cup milk, any percent
    • 1/4 to 1/2 cup shredded cheese, like cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack, or provolone
    • Extra add-ins: diced vegetables, shredded or cubed cooked meat, cubed tofu, salsa, dried mustard, chili powder
    • Equipment
    • Deep microwave-safe bowl
    • Oven mitts or a kitchen towel
    • Microwave
    • Spoon
    • Instructions
    • Combine the pasta, water, and salt in a microwave-safe bowl.
    • Microwave the pasta for 2 minutes: Microwave on high power for 2 minutes, then stir. Watch to see if the water is foaming over the side of the bowl and stir sooner if needed. Use oven mitts or a kitchen towel if you need to move the bowl out of the microwave to do this.
    • Continue microwaving in 2-minute intervals until the pasta is cooked. Stir between each interval and continue microwaving until the pasta is soft and cooked through. This should take 4 to 8 minutes total, depending on your microwave strength. If the pasta absorbs all the water before the pasta is cooked, add another 2 tablespoons of water.
    • Stir the milk and cheese into the pasta. Use oven mitts or a kitchen towel to remove the bowl from the microwave. Stir in the milk, cheese, and any extra add-ins.
    • Microwave in 30-second intervals to melt the cheese: Microwave on high power for 30 seconds, and stir. Continue microwaving in 30-second intervals, stirring between each interval, until the cheese has melted and forms a creamy sauce. This should take 1 to 1 1/2 minutes total. For a creamier sauce, add an extra tablespoon or two of milk and cheese.
    • Eat immediately: This mac and cheese is best when piping hot from the microwave. If you need to reheat it, add an extra splash of milk.

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    Nutritional Info
    • Servings Per Recipe: 1
    • Amount Per Serving
    • Calories: 1235 % Daily Value *
    • Total Fat: 86 g 132.98%
    • Saturated Fat: 61 g 305.65%
    • Trans Fat: 0 g %
    • Cholesterol: 86 mg 28.7%
    • Sodium: 1327 mg 55.3%
    • Calcium: 847 mg 84.67%
    • Potassium: 1532 mg 43.77%
    • Magnesium: 0 mg 0%
    • Iron: 11 mg 58.61%
    • Zinc: 0 mg 0%
    • Total Carbohydrate: 86 g %
    • Dietary Fiber: 4 g 16%
    • Sugar: 7 g
    • Protein: 41 g
    • Alcohol: 0 g
    • Omega 3 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Omega 6 Fatty Acid: 1 g
    • Vitamin A 27.54%
    • Vitamin C 18.97%
    • Vitamin D 7.78%
    • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Diabetes Exchanges
    • Exchange - Fat16
    • Exchange - Fruit0
    • Exchange - NonFat Milk0
    • Exchange - Other Carbs0
    • Exchange - Starch5
    • Exchange - Vegetables0
    • Exchange - Lean Meat3
    • Exchange - Alcohol0
    MyPlate Info
    • MyPlate - Grain Total4 oz-eq
    • MyPlate - Vegetable Total0 c
    • MyPlate - Fruit0 c
    • MyPlate - Dairy3 c
    • MyPlate - Protein Total1 oz-eq

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