5 minute single serving pumpkin mac and cheese. It doesn't get any better than this! //

five-minute single serve pumpkin mac and cheese

The easiest and most delicious pumpkin mac and cheese you've ever had - in just five minutes!
Course quick and easy
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 6 minutes
Servings 1
Author Katie Trant


  • 1/3 cup elbow macaroni noodles uncooked
  • a scant 1/2 cup water
  • a scant 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese*
  • 1/8 tsp cornstarch*
  • 1 Tbsp pumpkin purée
  • the tiniest pinch of nutmeg optional


  1. Place the macaroni noodles and the water into a large mug. Microwave on full power for 2 minutes. Stir. The water will probably have boiled over a bit. Don't worry, it's all part of the process. Just wipe it up and move on.
  2. Microwave for another minute. Give the noodles a good stir.
  3. Microwave for another minute, and then check to see that all the water has been absorbed.
  4. Stir in the milk, cornstarch, shredded cheese, and pumpkin purée. Microwave for a final minute.
  5. Stir well, and let stand for about 30 seconds to a minute. Stir again. Enjoy.

Recipe Notes

-Use a large mug. I did not use the mug in the photo here, it's way too small. You want to go for one with a 1 3/4 cup - 2 cup (500 ml) capacity.
-Use elbow macaroni - anything bigger won't cook quickly enough. If you're using really tiny macaroni it may be cooked after 3 minutes - just check after every time when you stop and stir.
*If using pre-packaged shredded cheese you can leave out the cornstarch
-Also, I'm totally aware that a Tbsp of pumpkin purée is a totally obnoxious amount to ask for. If you don't have a can of pumpkin on the go, you can leave it out and double the cheese instead.