Macaroni and cheese is one of my favourite comfort foods, especially when baked with a cheesy, buttery crust. It's incredibly simple to make, but if I'm cooking for just myself, I usually don't go through the efforts to bake an entire panful and usually stick to the stovetop version. With these CorningWare Meal Mugs from World Kitchen LLC, single serving macaroni and cheese au gratin is not only do-able, but since they also come with a BPA free microwave safe vented lid, it makes transporting and re-heating leftovers a breeze. We have a few of these mugs in our kitchen so even if I'm not feeding a crowd, I can still make a family sized batch and portion it out into my mugs for an easy weekday meal on the go.
These mugs are made from durable stoneware material that is non porous (meaning you can make this macaroni and cheese today, and a delicious mug lava cake tomorrow with no residual flavours). They are dishwasher, refrigerator, freezer, microwave, and pre-heated oven safe (as with any stoneware or glass, it's important to ensure the oven is pre-heated first to prevent damage to the materials and to ensure even heat).
Cook noodles until el dente as directed by package.
Meanwhile, in a small saucepan set to medium heat, melt butter and flour together to create a roux. Cook for about 60 seconds, or until the rough is lightly browned and has a slight nutty aroma. Whisk in milk, and continue to stir while until sauce thickens (about a minute or two). Once sauce has thickened, remove from heat and stir in cheese.
Place macaroni and cheese in an oven safe dish.
Top with buttered breadcrumbs and remaining cheddar. Bake in a preheated, 425 oven for 2-3 minutes, or until bread crumbs and cheese are golden brown.
This post was sponsored by World Kitchen LLC. As always, all thoughts and options are my own, however I did receive composition for this post.