So just what are Macaroni and Cheese Cupcakes? I wondered the same thing when I first saw the previews for Giada De Laurentiis on Food Network one morning. I yelled for my kids to come quick knowing if they hear Mac & Cheese there interest would spike. Put it together with the word Cupcakes and they would sit through the whole episode :) The recipe is pretty simple and can be changed in many ways. If you would like the original recipe it can be found here Baked Macaroni and Cheese Cupcakes. This is the original Food Network Recipe and here are the changes I made, keeping my "skinny jeans" in mind.
- Summer Squash
- Red Pepper
- Diced Roma Tomatoes
- Fresh Spinach (chopped)
- Part Skim Mozzarella
- Reduced Fat Mild Cheddar Cheese
- Chopped Ham
- Pepperoni (cut into small triangles)
- Elbow Noodles (tossed with Summer Squash Puree, see below)
- Italian Style Breadcrumbs
- Olive Oil
Very Colorful and not quite as full as they could have been. This was the first time making this recipe and I am thinking we could have been a little more generous about packing the ingredients in so we will be prepared for next time. I hope you enjoy making them with your kids!