Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Mac 'n Cheese Cups

I want to share with you one of the easiest and tastiest meals I've put together in a long time.  I had some ham lunchmeat that I wanted to use up, and this dish is what I concocted.

Gather up the ingredients you will need:

macaroni and cheese
ham lunchmeat

I had a debate with myself prior to making this recipe:  do I want to make the macaroni and cheese from scratch (no I do not) , or do I want to do it the easy way?

The decision was not a hard one, as there is a place in my town, Country Cupboard, that makes a macaroni and cheese that is legendary.  So I ordered the husband/lover/gofer to stop by the takeout counter on his way home from work and bring home a quart of it.


Drape a slice or two of the lunchmeat over each muffin hole of your muffin pan, then shove them down in.  Don't worry if they are bunched up in there.  The ham will form edible bowls with crunchy edges after baked.

Fill the ham bowls with the macaroni and cheese.

If you want to get fancy, and frankly I think these mac 'n cheese cups  looked fancy enough for company, even though I don't care if I feed our company fancy food or not because I just like having company you can sprinkle them with paprika before baking.

Pop them in your preheated oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.

Remove them and let them sit for about 5 minutes before serving.

I served these mac 'n cheese bowls with a salad and it was a satisfying and tasty meal.  Leftover mac 'n cheese cups are easy to pop into the microwave and have at lunch another day.

Personally, I think any meal that includes macaroni and cheese is a winner.


  1. Now you went and made me hungry. Instead of reading blogs, I now must go get me something to eat.

  2. Wow, those do look good! I'm gonna have to try it sometime! Mac N cheese is my favorite:)

  3. I was sitting here wondering what I should plan for supper and because I do love to make my own mac and cheese, I am going to surpise my husband with these for supper. Thank you for sharing!!!

  4. Sounds absolutely heavenly, however between the ham and mac/cheese, the sodium would be a killer!

  5. Mmmm I think I need to go buy some over-sized muffin pans!!

  6. That last pic' makes it look like you sat down and ate all 12 with a salad for your lunch. hee

    Wait. You didn't did you?

    I saw Anon comments - and yes, the sodium would be a bit much, but you can purchase lower sodium ham [and washing it removes even more of the sodium] and if you make your own mac and cheese you can control the sodium there, especially if you use a mix of swiss in it, as that is lowest in sodium [for a cheese]. Besides - you could always just eat one. They look delicious. I may have to treat the family for lunch next week. :)

    And that is a gorgeous salad - what do you have in it? YUM!