{Freezer to Lunchbox Series} Mini Macaroni and Cheese Bites

Freezer to Lunchbox Series Mini Macaroni and Cheese Bites via @BargainBriana {Freezer to Lunchbox Series} Mini Macaroni and Cheese Bites

Welcome to week 4 of our Freezer to Lunchbox series.  Look at these cute little cups of a childhood favorite. What could be better?   Your little one will gobble these up at lunchtime. Experiment with different combinations of shredded cheese to find your favorite flavor.    This recipe makes about 2 pans of 24-count mini muffin tins.  But they can also be made in a standard muffin tin for a heartier dinner side.

  • 1 ½ cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 ¼ cup shredded cheddar
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ chips, crushed

Boil macaroni for 8-10 minutes until tender, drain, set aside.

In a large saucepan over medium heat whisk butter and flour together until bubbling, and well mixed.  Add chicken stock, turn to low and simmer 5 minutes.   Add milk, cheese, dry mustard, salt and pepper.   In a separate bowl add a teaspoon at a time of hot mixture to your eggs, whisking as you go, until eggs have been brought to temperature (do not just toss your eggs into hot mixture as they will almost immediately become scrambled.) Add eggs to cheese sauce.  Combine cooked noodles into cheese mixture. Coat a 24 count mini muffin tin with non-stick spray.  Sprinkle crushed chips into bottom of muffin tin to cover- creating a “crust”.  Spoon macaroni and cheese into muffin tin, pressing it down,  adding enough on top to make it overflow a bit. Sprinkle each with a pinch of shredded cheese. Bake for about 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool, remove from tin.

Mac and Cheese Bites {Freezer to Lunchbox Series} Mini Macaroni and Cheese Bites

To freeze macaroni and cheese , lay each “cup” on a cookie sheet, place in freezer, until solid.  Place in freezer bag. Don’t forget to label with a sharpie!

Delicious Macaroni and Cheese Bites {Freezer to Lunchbox Series} Mini Macaroni and Cheese Bites

Mini Macaroni Cheese Bites {Freezer to Lunchbox Series} Mini Macaroni and Cheese Bites

{Freezer to Lunchbox Series} Mini Macaroni and Cheese Bites

Freezer to Lunchbox Series Mini Macaroni and Cheese Bites via @BargainBriana {Freezer to Lunchbox Series} Mini Macaroni and Cheese Bites

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 ¼ cup shredded cheddar
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ chips, crushed

Instructions

  1. Boil macaroni for 8-10 minutes until tender, drain, set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan over medium heat whisk butter and flour together until bubbling, and well mixed. Add chicken stock, turn to low and simmer 5 minutes. Add milk, sour cream, cheese, dry mustard, salt and pepper. In a separate bowl add a teaspoon at a time of hot mixture to your eggs, whisking as you go, until eggs have been brought to temperature (do not just toss your eggs into hot mixture as they will almost immediately become scrambled.) Add eggs to cheese sauce. Combine cooked noodles into cheese mixture. Coat a 24 count mini muffin tin with non-stick spray. Sprinkle crushed chips into bottom of muffin tin to cover- creating a “crust”. Spoon macaroni and cheese into muffin tin, pressing it down, adding enough on top to make it overflow a bit. Sprinkle each with a pinch of shredded cheese. Bake for about 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool, remove from tin.
  3. To freeze macaroni and cheese , lay each “cup” on a cookie sheet, place in freezer, until solid. Place in freezer bag. Don’t forget to label with a sharpie!
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 {Freezer to Lunchbox Series} Mini Macaroni and Cheese Bites

 

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comments { 3 Comments }
  • EJ - August 13, 2013 @ 3:21 am 1
    Hi,

    The recipe doesn’t list how much sour cream.

    Thanks for posting, I’ve been looking for a mini muffin M&C recipe!

    • Briana Carter - August 13, 2013 @ 10:16 am 1.1
      Sorry about that! Sour cream listed in the directions is not included because it should not have been there! Ignore! :)
  • Rinda - September 06, 2013 @ 9:27 am 2
    How do i keep the lunchbox foods warm for my child’s lunchtime. I have tried putting chicken nuggets in a hot thermos bottle, but he says they are somewhat soggy and not warm anymore by the time lunch comes around. Any ideas? Do you warm up these lunchbox foods or are they to be served cold? thanks for all you do !