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5 Minute Mac and Cheese for One

This 5 Minute Mac and Cheese for One is the perfect quick, easy, and tasty dinner or snack. Made either in the microwave or the stove top, and with a bit of pumpkin puree to lighten it up and give it a healthy spin, it's a simple back pocket recipe you'll come back to again and again.

Course Main Course, pasta
Cuisine American
Keyword 5 minute meal, Mac and cheese
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 6 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 429 kcal
Author Katie Trant


  • 1/3 cup elbow macaroni noodles uncooked
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup milk I used whole milk
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese*
  • 1/8 tsp cornstarch*
  • 1 Tbsp pumpkin purée
  • pinch sea salt
US Customary - Metric


Microwave Instructions

  1. Place the macaroni noodles and the water into a microwave-proof bowl (I used a 2-cup pyrex measuring cup).

  2. Microwave on full power for 2 minutes. Stir.

  3. Microwave for another minute. You'll need to watch it closely to ensure it doesn't boil over (don't worry if it does, just wipe it up and move on). Give the noodles a good stir.

  4. Microwave for another minute, and then check to see that all the water has been absorbed.
  5. Stir in the milk, cornstarch, shredded cheese, and pumpkin purée. Microwave for a final minute.
  6. Stir well, and let stand for about 30 seconds to a minute. Stir again. Enjoy.

Stovetop Instructions

  1. Combine the macaroni noodles and water in a small heavy-bottomed pot.

  2. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and boil until the water is nearly all absorbed and the pasta is cooked. This will take about 5 minutes. Note - you may have to add a bit of extra water.

  3. Stir in the cheese, milk, pumpkin purée, and cornstarch.

  4. Let stand for one minute before serving.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
5 Minute Mac and Cheese for One
Amount Per Serving
Calories 429 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 36mg12%
Sodium 252mg11%
Potassium 81mg2%
Carbohydrates 62g21%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 2716IU54%
Calcium 273mg27%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.