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  • Prep
    10 min
  • Total
    35 min + 10 min resting time
  • Servings
    24

Baked Mac ‘n Cheese Bites

Little bites make it to the big leagues with this baked mac and cheese recipe that's ready in a jiffy! These nibbles are the perfect thing to serve at birthday parties for the little ones.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz (250 g) elbow macaroni
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (250 mL) milk
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) each salt and pepper
  • 2 cups Armstrong Old Cheddar Cheese, shredded and divided

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400˚F (200˚C). Grease 24 nonstick mini muffin cups. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain, reserving 1/4 cup (60 mL) cooking liquid. 
  2. Meanwhile, melt butter in large skillet set over medium heat; cook garlic for about 1 minute or until softened. Sprinkle flour over top; cook, stirring, for 2 to 3 minutes or until smooth. 
  3. Slowly whisk in milk; bring to boil, whisking constantly. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, stirring constantly, for 3 to 5 minutes or until thickened slightly. Stir in mustard, salt and pepper. 
  4. Remove from heat; stir in 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) cheese until melted. Stir in pasta, adding enough of the cooking liquid for desired consistency. Let cool slightly.
  5. Spoon into prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle with remaining cheese; bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden and bubbly. Let stand for 10 minutes; remove from pan. 

Tip: Alternatively, for Mac ‘n Cheese cups, bake in standard muffin tins.

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