Meals in a Mug: Microwave Cooking

I’ve heard of this here and there, but today NPR confirmed the trend: cooking lunch (or breakfast, or dessert) in your coffee mug…in the microwave. Think it’s crazy? I’ve tried it for brownies, and it actually works, albeit in a single serving size. Maybe I’m ready to try scrambled eggs or mac ‘n cheese, too…would you?


Listen to the radio story here. And check out two recipes they offered up!

Recipe: Mac & Cheese With Mushrooms In An Office Mug

(based on a recipe on the Kitchn)

  • 1/4 cup macaroni pasta
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1/4 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons dried shiitake mushrooms, crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons roasted tomato salsa
  • 1/2 teaspoon flour

Combine the pasta, water and salt in a large microwave-safe mug.

Microwave on high in 2-minute intervals until the pasta is al dente, stirring between each interval. This should take about 6 to 8 minutes total. If the pasta absorbs all the water before it is cooked, add another 2 tablespoons of water.

Stir in the milk, cheese, mushrooms, salsa and flour. Microwave on high in 30-second intervals until the cheese has melted into a creamy sauce, stirring between each interval, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes total. For a creamier sauce, add an extra tablespoon or two of milk and cheese.

Recipe: Brownie In An Office Mug

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter (may substitute peanut butter or Nutella)
  • 2 tablespoons milk (or water)
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon slivered almonds

Combine the butter, almond butter and milk in a large microwave-safe mug, and microwave on low for a few seconds, just until the butter melts. Stir to thoroughly combine, then sprinkle in the flour, sugar, cocoa powder and salt. Stir to combine. Microwave on high for about 1 minute.

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