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This easy baked mac & cheese appetizer recipe couldn’t be any easier. The hardest thing about it is cooking the elbow macaroni and, as we know, that isn’t hard. The mac & cheese is saucy, delicious and fun to eat right out of the muffin cup!
Can you see how saucy and cheesy this easy baked mac & cheese appetizer looks?! It actually sticks together better than the photo above because I took a bite and then had to take a photo and then another photo. All the while trying to keep the muffin cup filled with cheesy goodness in my hand.
Where is Christopher when I need him?
I talk about how easy it is to make the Best Appetizers for game day in my other RAGÚ® post: saucy beef appetizer cups. But I will touch upon it here as it bears repeating. I encourage you to go to the RAGÚ website for tips and other recipe ideas.
Have you tried this RAGÚ® Double Cheddar sauce yet? If you haven’t, you must run out and get some! This delectable sauce features cheddar, Parmesan and Romano cheeses! Truth be told, I could eat it by the spoonful, straight out of the jar. It’s that creamy smooth and cheesy rich.
AND the premium blend of cheeses in the RAGÚ® Double Cheddar sauce makes the best mac & cheese! Your kids are going to love it. They will turn up their noses on boxed brands and demand in their tiny high pitched voices, “RAGÚ! RAGÚ! …”
I found myself chanting it in my head as I made this delicious and easy baked mac & cheese appetizer.
One thing I love about this quick and easy appetizer is that you can eat it directly out of the muffin cup. Another thing I love is that you can adjust how saucy you want it to be by adding more of the RAGÚ® Double Cheddar sauce, or less, though why you would want to add less is a complete mystery to me.
On to the Easy Baked Mac & Cheese Appetizer
As I stated before, I made two recipes using RAGÚ sauces, so I photographed them together. I can’t even decide which is my favorite. I will have to experiment over and over to see. The trials we food bloggers have to endure!
I start by setting some water on to boil.
I measure out 1/2 a box of elbow macaroni, crush some butter crackers and get the RAGÚ® Double Cheddar sauce ready.
Did I mention that there are only 3 ingredients in this recipe?
Once the water comes to a boil, I salt it and add the elbow macaroni. I stir it and set the timer to 8 minutes.
I drain the macaroni and place it in a metal mixing bowl. I also preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Time to pour the RAGÚ® Double Cheddar on the macaroni. Look at how thick and creamy that is!!
I use a rubber spatula and stir in the sauce so that it coats all the elbow macaroni!
Mmm. I let the messiness of the bowl stay just as it is, because we love keeping it real here on Dishes Delish.
I fill each muffin cup full of mac & cheese appetizer.
Time to sprinkle the crushed butter crackers on the mac & cheese appetizer!
I place the pan in the oven for 15 minutes.
Then I pick a baked mac & cheese appetizer 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 recipe!
Please feel free to Yum the recipe to Yummly, Pin any photo to Pinterest and leave me a comment. What is your favorite game day appetizer?
And as always, may all your dishes be delish!
- 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
If you used a lot of this delicious sauce, you can serve the muffin cups with spoons if the mac & cheese is too gooey