Quick And Easy

Don't go out and buy your meals. These two quick-and-easy meals are super simple to make in a mug! That's right. Single-serving macaroni and cheese and French toast... both in a mug!

Macaroni and Cheese in a Mug

Short on time? No gas for your stove? These are two very possible problems that occur in the kitchen. These two simple recipes will be sure to get you through your day.

First up we have a creamy macaroni and cheese recipe. It's simple, ready in about 5 minutes and cooked all together in one coffee mug! That's right. One mug.

Creamy macaroni and cheese in a mug recipe

Serves 1


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup elbow pasta (uncooked) 
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese
  • 2-4 tablespoons whole milk


  1. Add water and dried pasta to a large mug. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Give it a stir after the 2 minutes and cook it again for 2 minutes. Stir and test your macaroni at this point. It should be al dente. If not, cook for another minute. (Your water may boil over a little bit, this is normal.)
  2. Once macaroni is cooked, add in butter and cheese. Stir together. If you had a lot of water leftover, you may only need a splash or two of milk. This will all depend on how creamy you like your macaroni and cheese.
  3. Cook for another minute on high, stir, season with salt and pepper and enjoy!

Next up we have a quick breakfast option. That's right. Breakfast in a mug. This sweet treat is easy to throw together and is a lot less messy than setting up a whole French toast station at home. Give this one a try for a lazy Sunday hot breakfast or even for a quick midweek breakfast.

French toast in a mug recipe

French Toast in a Mug

Serves 1


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 large slices bread (cubed) 
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • Topping: maple syrup, whipped cream or powdered sugar


  1. Add butter to the bottom of a large mug. Add cubed bread on top.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together egg, milk, cinnamon, vanilla extract and salt.
  3. Slowly pour over bread and let it sit for about 1 minute to soak into the bread.
  4. Microwave on high for about 4 minutes until the bread is no longer soggy. Top with maple syrup, whipped cream, powdered sugar or all three!

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Comments on "Quick meals in a mug"

Jennifer March 03, 2014 | 1:27 PM

A bit of a disaster. All my water boiled over and I had to dump out the first batch. I had to keep turning the microwave on and off to keep it from boiling over. It was good with all that cheese on there though. It would really be easier to boil a pot of water than go through this especially if you are making for more than one.

Bad Chef December 01, 2013 | 4:04 PM

I used spaghetti instead of elbows because I really wanted mac n cheese. But that means this only makes a 1/3 cup of mac n cheese... and my water over flowed in the microwave and it took 6 minutes for the spaghetti to cook and the water to disappear. But that's probably because I used spaghetti. And the cheese made little clumps instead of being smooth. So not saying this is a bad recipe, just warning not to use spaghetti.

Katherine B October 24, 2013 | 5:15 PM

Also for the mac and cheese: I bet Velveeta cheese sauce would work well with this recipe, it wouldn't clump up as much if at all.

Sunflower Girl May 03, 2013 | 4:17 PM

I love this supper yummy although it doesn't look as nice as yours. Thanks for the idea

Kara January 15, 2013 | 9:01 AM

Oh my gosh. I heard about how to make a single-serving cake in a mug from this site -- and now MAC AND CHEESE?! I'll be trying this at work when I need a quick, comforting lunch. Thank you!

heather January 13, 2013 | 10:00 AM

Made the french toast in a mug for kids this morning. They love it! And its easy enough for teens to make themselves when I am not around to cook. Great idea! Thank You!

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