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Mac and Cheese "Mini-Muffins"
CATEGORY: Side Dish- Pasta
 
Not only are these delicious, but they're fun to eat.  What's better than a hand held serving of mac and cheese?
MacnCheeseMuffins
SERVINGS: 12 muffins
PREP TIME: 10 minutes
COOK TIME: 40 minutes
INGREDIENTS
  • 2 cups uncooked macaroni
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margerine
  • 1 cup milk 
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp (or extra sharp) Cheddar cheese 
  • 1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 3 tsp olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • DIRECTIONS

    Preheat  oven to 350 degrees. Spray mini-muffin tins with nonstick cooking spray.

    In a small bowl, combine bread crumbs, olive oil and salt; set aside.

    Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni and cook for about 8 minutes, to al dente. Remove from the heat, drain and return macaroni to pan; stir in the butter and egg until pasta is evenly coated. Stir 1 cup of Cheddar cheese, milk and all of the mozzarella cheese into the pasta. Spoon into the prepared muffin tins. Sprinkle the remaining Cheddar cheese and the bread crumb mixture over the tops.

    Bake for 30 minutes until the topping is golden and "muffins" are slightly firm to the touch.  Allow to cool for a few minutes before removing from the pan. This allows the cheese to set and the "muffins" will hold their shape.