Housing Happenings Issue 3 - Page 7

Microwave Hacks

Mac & Cheese in a Mug

Microwave Nachos


1 cup water

½ cup elbow macaroni

½ cup cheeses of choice


1 bag (5.5 ounce) Food Should Taste Good™ multigrain tortilla chips

1 cup Old El Paso™ Refried Beans

1/2 cup Pico de Gallo or Salsa

4 tablespoon Old El Paso™ diced green chiles

2 cups shredded Mexican Blend Cheese (you can use more or less depending on how much cheese you like)

Guacamole as garnish

Sour cream as garnish

Pico de Gallo as garnish


Scatter chips onto a large plate (use the entire bag).

Place beans in microwave for 30 seconds to make them easier to mix. Add in Pico de Gallo and mix together.

Drop spoonfuls of the bean and Pico de Gallo mixture onto the chips.

Sprinkle green chilies on top of the bean mixture and chips.

Evenly distribute the shredded cheese over the top.

Place in microwave and cook for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes depending on the strength of your microwave.

Remove from microwave and top with sour cream, additional Pico de Gallo, and guacamole if desired.


Put macaroni in a mug and pour in water. (You may want to add more or less water depending on mug size, but there should be more than enough to completely cover noodles).

Microwave on high for 8 minutes pausing at the 5 and 2 minute mark to stir and add more water if necessary.

Cook until al dente.

Add cheese to pasta mixing with the small amount of water remaining at bottom of mug

If cheese does not completely melt, pop mug back in microwave for 30-60 seconds

Stir then enjoy!