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Baked Macaroni and Cheese Cupcakes


Baked Macaroni and Cheese Cupcakes



Prep Time

27 minutes

Cook Time

35 minutes




Giada De Laurentiis

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  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 2 cups dried breadcrumbs
  • 8 ounces small pasta such as pennette (shells, or elbows)
  • 8 ounces ground turkey or chicken (preferably dark meat)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (plus extra for drizzling)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (plus extra for seasoning)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (plus extra for seasoning)
  • 2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups grated white cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes (quartered)
  • 2 cups chopped broccoli (blanched, see Cook's Note)
  • 1 pound asparagus (cut into 3/4-inch pieces, blanched)


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Spray 2 12-cup muffin or cupcake pans with vegetable cooking spray. Using 1 cup of breadcrumbs, coat the inside of each muffin cup with breadcrumbs, shaking off any excess.
  2. In a medium skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the ground turkey, or chicken, if using, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, Cook for 5 to 8 minutes, stirring frequently, until cooked through. Set aside and cover to keep warm.
  3. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and place in a large bowl. Add the cooked turkey and the cheeses. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Spoon the prepared pasta mixture into the cupcake molds, filling evenly to about 2/3 full. Place a few pieces of tomato, broccoli and asparagus in each cup. Top with a thin layer of the remaining breadcrumbs and drizzle with olive oil.
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown on top. Let cool for a few minutes and carefully unmold with a spoon.



Nutrition Serving Size
per serving
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
23 grams
17 grams
12 grams
Saturated Fat
6 grams
35 milligrams
448 milligrams
2 grams
2 grams
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