“Mac” and Cheese in a Cup

Prepared in a cup, this creamy rice version of mac and cheese is made with milk, Cheddar and cream cheese. Simply pop it in the microwave, and enjoy!

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“Mac” and Cheese in a Cup

Cooking time PREP TIME 2 mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 3 mins
Servings SERVES 1
Ready in TOTAL TIME 5 mins
Cooking time
PREP TIME 2 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 3 mins
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  • 1 cup Minute® Ready to Serve Jasmine Rice
  • 1/3 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup 2% milk
  • 1 tbsp cream cheese
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • pinch dry mustard powder (optional)


  • Make your own savory mug meal in the microwave using quick-cooking Minute® Ready to Serve Jasmine Rice and loads of cheese!

    Step 1

  • Heat rice according to package directions.

    Step 2

  • Stir together rice, Cheddar, milk, cream cheese, garlic powder and mustard powder, if using, in a microwave-safe cup.

    Step 3

  • Microwave on HIGH, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes, or until heated through and cheese is melted and saucy.

    Recipe Tips

    For extra-cheesy rice, add in 2 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese.

    If you prefer, substitute the garlic powder in the recipe with half of a clove of minced, fresh garlic.

Microwave Magic!

Ever thought about making dinner or lunch in the microwave? You’d be surprised at how tasty the results can be! Just because you don’t have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen, doesn’t mean you have to suffer through dull or boring meals. Take back your mealtime by whipping up the easiest version of mac and cheese out there with the help of Minute® Rice.

For this take on an all-time classic, the “mac” is swapped out for Minute® Ready to Serve Jasmine Rice. With rice as the main ingredient, this speedy option is suitable for anyone who loves cheese but prefers gluten-free meals. The ingredient list here is rather simple, but the outcome is nothing short of gooey and delicious!

This “Mac” and Cheese in a Cup is a great addition to our collection of tasty meals you can make in the microwave. Visit our blog and discover more inspiring ideas and shortcuts for how to prepare recipes you love without the need for a stove or chef skills. With our rice solutions, everyone can enjoy a satisfying meal, like our quick Microwave Egg Fried Rice, any time!

Microwave Hack

If you’ve tried preparing something with cheese in the microwave before, you might already be aware of this cooking hack — stopping the timer to stir. Instead of hitting the start button and waiting for the timer to end, pause it a few times to stir your rice and cheese blend.

By stirring the mixture and cooking it in intervals, you assure that the cheese will melt, the ingredients will be heated through, and that your mug meal will achieve that signature, creamy mac and cheese texture. With this recipe, there’s no need to worry about chewy rice. Minute® Ready to Serve Rice cups are filled with perfectly pre-cooked grains that always heat to a fluffy texture and pleasant taste.

Looking for another dinner idea? Try our Cheesy Chicken and Rice Recipe with BroccoliA perfect vegetarian choice is our Rice-Stuffed Eggplant Parmesan.

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