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Pizza Mac and Cheese Muffins

Kids and adults will both love these Pizza Mac and Cheese muffins — two of your favorite treats, macaroni and cheese and pizzas, rolled into one cute package. What could be better?

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This isn’t my first go-around with turning macaroni and cheese into a muffin so that you can eat it with your hands. (Been there, done that….please refer to southwest macaroni and cheese muffins) It’s obviously one of the best things ever. Macaroni and cheese….that you can eat with your hands. Are ya with me? Throw in the word “pizza” and I’m totally sold.

Oh but the kids. Oh yeah. That’s right, I made these mac and cheese muffins for the kids. Uh….hmmm…yeah. For the kids.

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The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Now I just have to get myself a sweatshirt with a cupcake on it.

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It’s obviously I’m on a pizza kick lately (pizza, mac and cheese, I’m the picture of healthy) — a couple of weeks ago I made pizza lasagna rolls (make those.) and then there are my pizza quinoa stuffed peppers. An older recipe, but one of our favorites. What can I say, I love pizza.

These mac and cheese muffins are really easy to eat….errr…I mean easy to make. (Eat too. Really easy to eat.)

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I started with a package of Parmesan and butter spirals, prepared as directed on the package. (I use Annie’s — I love it. Not sponsored.)

Stir in a couple of extras (pepperoni! mozzarella! herbs!), scoop into muffin tins, bake, let cool a bit, dipdipdip in pizza sauce and chow down. If you need help with that, you can refer to the photos of E. She was pretty darn good at that step.

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Enjoy these! They are super fun and would be a cool appetizer for a party.

Pizza Mac and Cheese Muffins - RachelCooks.com

If you’re following along with Mac and Cheese Mania, my co-host Brandy made Skillet Cheesy Gnocchi with Peas and Ham today. (YUM! I wish I was her neighbor.)

Mac and Cheese Mania

Make sure to head over to Mac and Cheese Mania t0 see what prizes are up for grabs and find out how easy it is to enter to win! 

Pizza Mac and Cheese Muffins

Yield: 10-12 muffins

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Kids and adults will both love these Pizza Mac and Cheese muffins -- two of your favorite treats, macaroni and cheese and pizzas, rolled into one cute package.

Ingredients:

  • one 5.25 ounce package of spirals with butter and parmesan macaroni and cheese (I use Annie’s)
  • milk and butter to prepare macaroni as directed on package (I used 1 tablespoon unsalted butter and 3 tablespoons skim milk)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup shredded low moisture part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • about 1.5 to 2 ounces of sliced pepperoni, cut into quarters
  • pizza sauce for dipping (a cup or so should be enough)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray 12 muffin tins with nonstick spray.
  2. Prepare macaroni and cheese as directed on the box, except stir in oregano and garlic powder in addition to the cheese powder.
  3. Once prepared, remove from heat and stir in grated mozzarella cheese and pepperoni.
  4. Spoon macaroni and cheese mixture evenly into prepared muffin tins.
  5. Bake for 17-20 minutes or until golden brown around the edges. Cool for at least 5 minutes before removing from the muffin tins. After I removed them, I placed them on a sheet of paper towel just to remove some of the grease from the pepperoni. But that is optional.
  6. Serve with pizza sauce for dipping.

Verdict: We all loved these. Obviously. Shall we review? Pizza. Mac and Cheese. No fork required.

Changes I would make: NONE.

Difficulty: Easy.

   

29 Responses to “Pizza Mac and Cheese Muffins”

  1. Charlotte — February 27, 2014 at 6:23 am

    I have never been more angry with you! Couldn’t you have posted this recipe BEFORE I made my meal plan for the coming week?! How am I meant to cope without these in my life now?
    Seriously though these look totally gorgeous, and I’m pencilling them in for the near future.

  2. Kim | Just For Clicks — February 27, 2014 at 6:39 am

    I am a Mac n Cheese lov-ah. So I’m so loving this series. This recipe would be the perfect Friday Family Movie Night dinner… and I can’t wait to make it. Great great idea!!!

  3. Taylor @ greens & chocolate — February 27, 2014 at 7:06 am

    How cute are these?! These look so good…I would especially love the crispy, cheesy edges!

  4. denise — February 27, 2014 at 8:42 am

    they sound wonderful–would be great for a kid’s birthday party

    all this macaroni and cheese talk–I made it for dinner last night

  5. Karly — February 27, 2014 at 8:58 am

    How stinkin’ cute are these little muffins? I love pasta, I love cheese, I love pizza, I love muffins. All around win!

  6. Jennie @themessybakerblog — February 27, 2014 at 9:39 am

    I love the idea of eating mac and cheese with your hands. This would be a great to-go snack. The fact that this is pizza mac and cheese makes it even better. What an adorable shirt.

  7. Laurie {Simply Scratch} — February 27, 2014 at 10:26 am

    I’m so all about hand-held mac and cheese! And your daughter is ADORABLE! <3

  8. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — February 27, 2014 at 11:34 am

    What a fun treat for parties! Mac ‘n cheese muffins are so kid friendly… if the adults don’t gobble them all up first!

  9. Katrina @ WVS — February 27, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Holy smokes! I could definitely eat something like this every day! So fun!

  10. Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — February 27, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Mmmmmm, I don’t have any kids yet, but I’d still eat these in heartbeat — in fact, even if I did, I dunno if they’d make it to their plates! Hahaha juuuust kidding….maybe. ;)

  11. Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts — February 27, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    I could down 17 of these, no problem. LOVE these!!

  12. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — February 27, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    A no-fork-required pizza mac and cheese? DONE AND DONE. You are my hero. Also, I want to steal your babe’s shirt. SOCUTE.

  13. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — February 28, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    I love that these bites are transportable and that it’s a combo of 2 things I love-pizza and mac n cheeeese!!!

  14. Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 1, 2014 at 5:53 am

    Just saw these on FG. STUNNING images and what a super fun & cute idea! Pinned!

    • Rachel Gurk — March 1st, 2014 @ 1:46 pm

      Thanks so much for sharing Averie!

  15. Marit Grimstad — March 1, 2014 at 10:19 am

    I enjoy reading food blogs. Lately I have read a lot of american ones, but start to wonder about american cooking. Every recipe contains a packet of this and a packet of that. A packet mac and cheese? the easiest thing in the world to cook. Apart from this love your idea

    • Rachel Gurk — March 1st, 2014 @ 1:46 pm

      I do try to steer away from packaged food for the most part but I also have two little ones at home so sometimes I fall back on high-quality packaged foods such as Annie’s macaroni and cheese for convenience and speed reasons. All week I presented mac and cheese recipes though if you’re looking for something from scratch there is plenty to choose from! Thanks for reading!

  16. Tara — March 1, 2014 at 11:50 am

    These are adorable, any kid would love them!!!

  17. Jenny, — March 2, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    I made these last night and my husband and I both loved the recipe. Question, though…my muffins didn’t hold their shape and were a big gooey mess (even after I popped them back in the oven for more time). Do you think it would help to add an egg as a binder or would that change the flavor? Regardless of the gooey pile, we loved the flavor. Thanks!

    • Rachel Gurk — March 2nd, 2014 @ 2:46 pm

      Did you let them cool a bit before eating? You need to do that to let the cheese kind of set back up. They are on the fragile side – but we were able to pick them up and eat them with our hands. I think the addition of an egg is a great idea if they aren’t holding together, though.

      • Jenny — March 3rd, 2014 @ 12:16 pm

        We let them cool the suggested 5 minutes but couldn’t stand to wait any longer. Lack of self control was probably my problem.

  18. Kathy @ Olives & Garlic — March 2, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    My 6 year old will love these. I’ll be making a bunch of these next weekend, perfect lunch for school. Pinned.

  19. Fay — July 25, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Where can you purchase the package of Annie’s? Have never seen this brand. Is there something that could be used as a substitute? Thank you.

    • Rachel Gurk — July 25th, 2014 @ 3:57 pm

      I find Annie’s at my local Kroger and I’ve seen it at lots of grocery stores. If you can’t find it, you can substitute with another boxed macaroni and cheese — look for parmesan if you can find it, or white cheddar.

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