Mac and Cheese Appetizer
This baked mac and cheese appetizer packs all the creamy, cheesy flavors of your favorite dish in bite-sized form. With just 5 minutes of prep time, it’s the perfect way to kick off your next game day party!
The flavor of these mac & cheese bites is so delicious. What I love about them is that you can either eat them straight out of the muffin cups or eat them with a fork. I like eating them straight from the cup.
And talk about satisfying.
I love that this recipe calls for pre-made cheese sauce. This sauce is so good that I can eat it by the spoonful. It has a wonderful combination of cheddar, parmesan and Romano cheeses.
They make for the perfect game day appetizer. I also love these beef appetizers in phyllo cups. They make for the perfect snacks.
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Another great thing about this recipe is you can prepare it ahead of time and cook it right before you want to serve it.
How to make this appetizer
Fill a stockpot with water and set it on to boil. And line a muffin tin with baking cups.
Gather the ingredients – elbow macaroni pasta, cheddar sauce, and crumbled Ritz crackers.
Once it comes to a boil, salt it and add the elbow macaroni to the pot of salted water. Stir and set the timer to 8 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Set a colander in the sink and drain the macaroni and place it in a metal mixing bowl.
Time to pour the cheddar on the macaroni. Look at how thick and creamy that is!!
Fold the cheese in and mix it with the macaroni with a rubber spatula or large spoon until it coats all the pasta mixture!
Mmm. I let the messiness of the bowl stay just as it is, because we love keeping it real here on Dishes Delish.
Fill each muffin cup with the cheesy macaroni.
Time to sprinkle the crushed butter crackers on top.
Bake for 15 minutes. Remove the mac and cheese cups out of the pan to a serving platter.
I pick one up and take a bite, but you’ve seen that one already!
So delicious! When you serve these at your next game day party, all you are going to hear are people saying, “Mmmmm!”
I hope you enjoyed this mac and cheese appetizer recipe!
And as always, may all your dishes be delish!
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Easy Baked Mac & Cheese Appetizer
- 1/2 pound elbow macaroni
- water to boil
- salt for water
- 1/2 jar RAGÚ® Double Cheddar Sauce or more
- 1/4 cup crushed butter cracker crumbs or bread crumbs
- Set water on to boil
- Salt water
- Place elbow macaroni in boiling water
- Time for 8 minutes until al dente
- Preheat oven 350 F
- Drain elbow macaroni and place in a mixing bowl
- Pour as much RAGÚ® Double Cheddar sauce as you want over the macaroni
- Mix to combine
- Fill 12 muffin cups with mac & cheese
- Sprinkle butter crackers on top of mac & cheese
- Bake 15 minutes