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Cooking made easy for college kids (with recipe!)


Hello Beloit! I am looking forward to writing a food/cooking/restaurant review column for The Round Table over the next few months. Cooking has always been near and dear to my heart, and this year I am lucky enough to be living in Performing Arts House with several others who love to cook. After starting a house Co-op and cooking three nights a week (shout out to Nicole Fredericks’17 who made an amazing pesto stuffed and bacon wrapped chicken dinner last night), I thought it would be fun to share some experiences, ideas and recipes with the rest of the Beloit College community.

In regards to recipes, I thought that I could share some super delicious and easy recipes that you could make if you didn’t want to go to Commons, didn’t want stand in line at DK’s for an hour on Sunday nights, or if you just want to be lazy and not leave your building. Most of the recipes I hope to share will only require basic ingredients, although sometimes I might have a more complex dish in mind that may require some more shopping.

This week I thought I would try a rendition on a college classic: Easy Mac. The below recipe is great for students because there’s minimal hardware required. All you really need is a microwave, some measuring cups (or good estimating skills), a mug and a fork or spoon. (If you buy brick cheese you will also need a grater). The garlic or onion powder and the mustard are both optional, but if added create an even more delicious dish.

Easy One Mug Recipe Mac & Cheese for college students

Difficulty: Easy
Time: 5-7 minutes

Ingredient List:
1/3 cup Pasta
1/2 cup Water
1/4 cup Milk
1/2 tbs Butter
1/2 cup Grated Cheese***
1/8 tsp Mustard or mustard powder (optional)
1/8 tsp Garlic or onion powder (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Combine the water and pasta in microwave safe bowl or mug.
  2. Microwave in 1-minute intervals until noodles are soft and water has been absorbed.
  3. Add in all other ingredients.
  4. Microwave for 1 minute more or until cheese is melted.
  5. If you want to add some good spice and bright flavors to your Mac & Cheese, I really like to include some Sriracha. (You can also use Tabasco or any hot sauce of your choice).

***You can use many different cheeses for this recipe. I really like to use half cheddar and half Swiss. The Cheese People at the Beloit Farmers’ Market also can make really good recommendations if you would like some more unconventional options.

Do you have a recipe that you think the college might enjoy? Send it to us and we might just publish it in the next paper! Please send submissions, photos of your attempts with the dish and any requests to

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