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.

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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.)

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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

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

Changes I would make: NONE.

Difficulty: Easy.