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NewSmoky Mac and Cheese Bites with Spicy Tomato Sauce

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PC White Cheddar Deluxe Macaroni & Cheese Dinner

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Smoky Mac and Cheese Bites with Spicy Tomato Sauce

PC® White Cheddar Deluxe Macaroni & Cheese is a cult favourite among Canadians, so we asked ourselve...

PC® White Cheddar Deluxe Macaroni & Cheese is a cult favourite among Canadians, so we asked ourselves, how can we take this awesomeness to the next level? The answer: Make it crispy-on-the-outside, gooey-on-the-inside and perfectly poppable. Simply whip up a batch of mac and cheese (with a few yummy add-ins!) and bake in muffin tins with an herbed bread crumb topping for the ultimate party – or anytime – snack. Serve with spicy tomato sauce for kick or go classic with a side of ketchup.

  • Level: Easy
  • Preparation: 10 mins
  • Ready in: 45 mins
  • Serves: 12
  • Dish Type: Canadian, American
  • Season: Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring
  • Course: Appetizer
  • Main Ingredient: Mac and Cheese
  • Serving Size

    1 macaroni bite, 1 tbsp sauce

  • Calories

    280

  • Total Carbohydrate

    37 g

  • Total Fat

    10 g

  • Saturated Fat

    5 g

  • Dietary Fibre

    1 g

  • Protein

    10 g

  • Sodium

    570 mg

  • Sugars

NewSmoky Mac and Cheese Bites with Spicy Tomato Sauce

A single mac and cheese bite on a plate on a table with serving tray of mac and cheese bite, a bowl of veggies and a beverage.

PC White Cheddar Deluxe Macaroni & Cheese Dinner

  • Serving Size

    1 macaroni bite, 1 tbsp sauce

  • Calories

    280

  • Total Carbohydrate

    37 g

  • Total Fat

    10 g

  • Saturated Fat

    5 g

  • Dietary Fibre

    1 g

  • Protein

    10 g

  • Sodium

    570 mg

  • Sugars

How to make

Ingredients

  • 1 box (200 g)

    PC® White Cheddar Deluxe Macaroni & Cheese Dinner
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL)

    shredded smoked Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL)

    dry bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup (83 mL)

    milk
  • 2 tsp (10 mL)

    Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp (5 mL)

    garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL)

    smoked paprika
  • 2 – 3 dashes

    hot sauce (optional)
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL)

    butter, melted
  • 1 tsp (5 mL)

    dried Italian herb seasoning
  • 3/4 cup (188 mL)

    PC® Arrabbiata Pasta Sauce or ketchup

How to make

  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Mist wells of 12-count muffin tin with cooking spray or brush with oil. Set aside.

  • Step 2

    Bring 6 cups (1.5 L) water to a boil in large saucepan. Add macaroni and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 7 minutes. Drain and return to saucepan. Add cheese packet, shredded cheese, 3 tbsp breadcrumbs, the milk, mustard, garlic powder, paprika and (if using) hot sauce (do not add butter). Stir until cheese is melted and sauce is smooth.

  • Step 3

    Divide among wells of prepared muffin tin. Gently press on tops to flatten.

  • Step 4

    Stir together melted butter, Italian seasoning and remaining 5 tbsp (75 mL) breadcrumbs in small bowl. Sprinkle over macaroni mixture. Bake until golden, 20 to 22 minutes. Remove from oven. Let stand in muffin tin 10 minutes.

  • Step 5

    Meanwhile, heat pasta sauce in small saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until warmed through, 2-1/2 to 3 minutes (if using ketchup, omit this step). Transfer sauce or ketchup to serving bowl.

  • Step 6

    Using spoon, remove macaroni bites from muffin tin. Serve with sauce or ketchup.

  • Try this:

    Use regular paprika and Cheddar cheese instead of the smoked options, if you prefer.

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