Baked Macaroni and Cheese Cupcakes

Baked Macaroni and Cheese Cupcakes
Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
35 min
6-8 servings

A fun meal or snack for the whole family.



Vegetable cooking spray
cups dried breadcrumbs
Tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
oz ground turkey or chicken, preferably dark meat
tsp kosher salt, plus extra for seasoning
tsp freshly ground black pepper, plus extra for seasoning
oz small pasta such as pennette, shells, or elbows
cups grated Parmesan
1 ½
cups grated white Cheddar
cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
cups chopped broccoli, blanched (see Cook's Note)
lb(s) asparagus, cut into ¾" pieces, blanched



Cook's Note: To blanch vegetables, bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the vegetables and cook for 1 to 2 minutes until very crisp. Using a small strainer, remove the vegetables and immediately plunge into a bowl of iced water. Drain and use.

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Spray 2 12-cup muffin or cupcake pans with vegetable cooking spray. Using 1 cup of breadcrumbs, coat the inside of each muffin cup with breadcrumbs, shaking off any excess.

Step 2

In a medium skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the ground turkey, or chicken, if using, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, Cook for 5 to 8 minutes, stirring frequently, until cooked through. Set aside and cover to keep warm.

Step 3

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and add to a large bowl. Stir in the cooked turkey and the cheeses. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Spoon the prepared pasta mixture into the cupcake molds, filling evenly to about 2/3 full. Arrange a few pieces of tomato, broccoli and asparagus into each cup. Top with a thin layer of the remaining bread crumbs and drizzle with olive oil.

Step 4

Bake until golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes and carefully unmold with a spoon onto a serving platter.

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