Two Instant Pasta in a Mug ideas that are perfect for kids, college students and anyone looking for a single serve meal in minutes with little clean-up! This post includes Mac & Cheese in a mug and Lasagna in a mug, both requiring little ingredients and little effort!

Pasta in a Mug

Two Instant Pasta in a Mug ideas (Mac & Cheese and Lasagna) that are perfect for kids, college students and anyone looking for a single serve meal in minutes with little clean-up!
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Course: Entree
Cuisine: Pasta
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 2 mins
Total Time: 7 mins
Calories: 314kcal
Author: Yumna Jawad


Mac & Cheese

  • 1/3 cup small macaroni elbow noodles uncooked
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup milk whole or 2%
  • 1/2 cup pre-packaged finely shredded cheese*


  • 2 lasagna sheets
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 4 Tbsp marinara
  • 3 Tbsp ricotta cheese
  • 3 Tbsp chopped spinach uncooked
  • 2 oz fresh mozzarella cut into 4 slices


Mac & Cheese

  • Combine the macaroni and the water in a large mug (about 1 2/3 cup capacity) and microwave for 2 minutes.
  • Stir the mixture. Microwave for another minute.
  • Stir the mixture. Microwave for a fourth minute. At this point, you can check if all the water has been absorbed and the pasta is fully cooked. If not add 30-60 more seconds so that all the water is gone. This will ensure the sauce is not watery.
  • Stir in the milk and shredded cheese and microwave for a final 30-60 seconds.
  • Stir the cheese into the pasta, and enjoy warm from the mug.


  • Break the lasagna sheets, and place in a large microwavable mug.
  • Add enough water to cover the lasagna, and add olive oil, to ensure the lasagna sheets don't stick together. Microwave for about 3 minutes, or until the lasagna sheets are tender. Drain the lasagna sheets and set aside on a paper towel.
  • In the same mug, start layering the lasagna, first add the marina, then the broken lasagna sheets, ricotta, spinach and mozzarella and repeat for a total of 3 layers with the mozzarella on top.
  • Place in the microwave and cook for 2 1/2 - 3 minutes or until the lasagna is heated through and the mozzarella is melted. Top with fresh basil and enjoy!



  • Mac & Cheese Recipe adopted from Babble
  • Pre-packaged finely shredded cheese made the creamiest thickest sauce because. If you prefer to use your own grated cheese, you can try adding a pinch of cornstarch to help thicken the sauce.
  • Make ahead / leftovers: Let the pasta cool to room temperature, cover and place it the fridge. It will keep well for around 3-5 days. You then simply need to reheat it in the microwave before eating.
  • The nutrition facts are for the Mac & Cheese recipe, but the lasagna is similar.
  • Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use. This information should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 314kcal | Carbohydrates: 12.7g | Protein: 17.3g | Fat: 21.7g | Saturated Fat: 12.2g | Cholesterol: 74.4mg | Sodium: 395.9mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 3.5g