This is quick and easy, but because we’re dealing with a recipe for one, and a microwave, it is fairly precise, so listen up carefully — you’ll need just a few simple things to get started.
liquid measuring cup
1/3 cup dry measuring cup
1/3 cup elbow noodles
1/4 cup pre-shredded cheese
dash of milk
1/2 cup of water
Once you’ve got it down, you can experiment with variations, but for the first time I suggest trying it this way. I found that store bought finely shredded cheese worked best, and made the creamiest sauce. I used cheddar cheese. I used whole milk. My mug had a 1 2/3 cup (400 ml) capacity. My microwave is a fairly standard 1000 watts.
Put 1/3 cup of elbow noodles into your mug. Add a scant 1/2 cup of water to it. Be sure to use a liquid measuring cup to measure your water. And by scant, I mean just shy of 1/2 cup. Basically you will microwave this mixture until the water has evaporated. In my microwave this takes about 4 minutes. Microwave it for 2 minutes to start, then stir. Then another minute, and stir again. Then a final minute, and the water should be absorbed. If not, microwave a bit more until it is.
Stir in a dash of milk and 1/4 cup of cheese, microwave for a final 30-60 seconds. Stir well to blend everything together into a creamy sauce, and enjoy.