Cauliflower Buffalo Mini Mac and Cheese Cups

Yield: 24 servings (48 individual mac and cheese cups) | Serving Size: 2 mac and cheese cups
Child Nutrition: 1.5 meat/meat alternate, 1/2 oz. eq. grain, 1/8 cup vegetable (other) | HACCP Process III.

Cauliflower Buffalo Mini Mac and Cheese Cups recipe


  • 3 to 4 tablespoons | Buffalo-style hot sauce, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon | Cayenne



Thoroughly spray 2 (24-cup) muffin pans with release spray. Set aside.


Combine macaroni and cheese, liquid eggs, cauliflower, 2 tablespoons Buffalo sauce and cayenne in large bowl; mix well.


Portion mac and cheese mixture evenly among prepared muffin cups using #16 scoop.


Bake at 350°F for 15-20 minutes or until cups reach 165°F for 15 seconds and centers are set.

CCP: Heat to 165°F for at least 15 seconds


Remove from oven; run offset spatula around edges of cups to loosen. Leave cups in pan 5 minutes before removing.


Hold mac and cheese cups warm until service.

CCP: Maintain hot food at 140°F or above


Drizzle each serving with remaining Buffalo sauce, as desired.

Recipe Tips

Tip #1

If cups are getting too brown, cover loosely with foil the last 5 minutes of baking.

Tip #2

If using convection oven, do not go higher than 1/2 fan.

Tip #3

Overbaking will cause cups to stick to pan and make removal more difficult.

Tip #4

Adjust cayenne if more spice is desired. Increasing Buffalo sauce in recipe may "break" mixture, but additional sauce drizzled over cups after baking adds great color and heat.

Tip #5

Adjust nutrition if serving more or fewer cups per portion. Each individual cup is 0.75MMA, 1/4 oz. eq grain and 1/16 cup vegetable.

Nutritional Information

  • Serving Size2 mac and cheese cups
  • Calories200 calories
  • Fat 10 grams
  • Sat. Fat 4.5 grams
  • Trans Fat 0 grams
  • Cholesterol 149 milligrams
  • Sodium 457 milligrams
  • Carbohydrates 17 grams
  • Dietary Fiber 1 grams
  • Sugars 3.5 grams
  • Protein 13 grams
  • Vitamin A 18 IU
  • Vitamin C 7 milligrams
  • Calcium 229 milligrams
  • Iron 0.65 milligrams

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