Marvelous Macaroni and Cheese Muffins

Best Mac 'n' Cheese Ever Challenge Finalists

GMA Recipes Dinner
Difficulty: Moderate
Cook Time: min

This morning on "Good Morning America," Emeril Lagasse announced the winner of his Best Mac 'n' Cheese Ever Challenge: Laura Macek!

Some say it has been the most heated contest in America, presidential politics included.

Even Gov. Mike Huckabee weighed in with his endorsement when Robin Roberts won the anchors' round.

Thousands of "Good Morning America" viewers submitted their recipes, and we narrowed it down to five worthy challengers. You voted and helped to pick the winner.

Check out Gwen Richardson's Marvelous Macaroni and Cheese Muffins, one of the five challenge finalists.


  • 1 lb. Ronzoni cavatappi pasta
  • 1 stick butter
  • 3 tablespoons Frank's Red Hot cayenne pepper sauce
  • 1 medium red onion, peeled and chopped very fine
  • Salt & fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 extra-large eggs
  • 4 cans evaporated milk
  • 2 blocks extra sharp cheddar cheese (10 oz. each), grated
  • 1 block Monterey Jack cheese with jalapeno peppers (8 oz. each), grated
  • 6 disposable tinfoil muffin pans
  • Cooking spray
  • Cooking Directions

    Preheat oven to 350°. Boil the cavatappi in salted water until al dente. Drain and return to pot and add butter, hot sauce, onion and salt and pepper. Mix well and set aside for 15 minutes.

    In a bowl, beat eggs slightly, combine with evaporated milk and set aside. In a second bowl, grate cheeses, combine and set aside.

    Prepare muffin tins by spraying with cooking spray. Stir 1/2 of grated cheese to cooled cavatappi mixture. Mix well.

    Fill each muffin well with 1/4 cup of cavatappi mix. Carefully pour enough milk/egg mix into each well to reach the top without overflowing. Use other half of cheese to top each muffin. Place muffin tins on cookie sheets before placing in hot oven. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until muffins have an evenly brown crust.

    Remove pans from oven and allow cooling for 10-15 minutes. Remove individual muffins from pans and arrange on platter with sprigs of fresh parsley for garnish.

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: cavatappi pasta, cheddar cheese, monterey jack cheese

    Course: Appetizer/Starter, Casserole, Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish

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