Mac N Cheese Pizza made using Cheez-it. Fun to make and great big game snack. Crunch’d used as a side snack.  Its a fun way to eat mac n cheese as an appetizer

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Don’t you just love basketball season?

I love all that screaming, shouting, high-fiving and chest bumping that happens during any sports event.  More often than not, I am the one doing all that shouting and arm-chair refereeing!

Overhead view of mini mac 'n cheese pizza

 

I find myself getting pumped up each basketball season and always inviting my friends to come over.  Surprisingly, I never have to twist their arm or bribe them into accepting the invitation.

They say, “YES!!” even before I have had a chance to complete my sentence.  At first, I used to think that they are excited to hang out and have a good time while watching the games on TV.

cross section of mini mac n cheese pizza

It slowly began to dawn on me that they are actually coming over for all the delicious snacks that they get to eat during the games.

It always makes me happy to cook for my friends.  It gives me a chance to come up with all kinds of creative recipes.

This weekend, I made these mini Mac N Cheese Pizza using Cheez-it Grooves.  I went to Walmart because they are my snack heaven.  There, I purchased the Cheez-it Grooves Zesty Cheddar Ranch flavor and Cheez-it Crunch’d

overhead view of cheez-it grooves and cheez-it crunch'd for mini mac 'n cheese pizza

I had a feeling that the Cheez-it Grooves would add a nice crunchiness to the pizza and so happy to report that the pizzas have a great crunch.

The Crunch’d Hot and Spicy is right up my party goers alley.  We are all Indian food lovers and spiciness is our sixth taste bud.  I served them with fruits and it was a heavenly mixture.

Front view of Mini Mac N Cheese Pizza

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What is your favorite Big Game Snack?Closeup view of Mini Mac N Cheese Pizza

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Images of aisle where the cheez-it and Grooves can be found in the grocery store

How To Make Mini Mac N Cheese Pizza

1) Cook elbow pasta in hot water and strain it.  While the macaroni is cooking, pre-heat the oven to 375 degerees

Mini Mac N Cheese Pizza - Cheez-it Grooves and Crunch'd

2) I prefer using freshly grated cheese in this recipe.  Go with Pepper Jack cheese.  It is perfect for any Mac N Cheese Recipe.

Mini Mac N Cheese Pizza - Cheez-it Grooves and Crunch'd
3) Crush the Cheez-it Grooves Zesty Cheddar Ranch.  You can use a mallet or a food processor.

Mini Mac N Cheese Pizza - Cheez-it Grooves and Crunch'd

4) Take large whole wheat tortillas and cut out circular shapes.  I like to use diced tomato cans to cut the shape.  I use whole wheat because it holds the ingredients better than the regular tortilla. Carefully place the round tortillas into a muffin tray.  Be sure to mold the tortillas into the shape of the muffin cavity.

Mini Mac N Cheese Pizza - Cheez-it Grooves and Crunch'd

5) Add your favorite pizza sauce (or use my recipe to make pizza sauce)

Mini Mac N Cheese Pizza - Cheez-it Grooves and Crunch'd

6) Add the cooked pasta on top of the pizza sauce.  I like to add about 10 to each mini mac n cheese pizza

Mini Mac N Cheese Pizza - Cheez-it Grooves and Crunch'd

7) Add Jalapeno to the mini Mac N Cheese Pizza.  This is optional.

Mini Mac N Cheese Pizza - Cheez-it Grooves and Crunch'd

8) Top with the freshly grated cheese

Mini Mac N Cheese Pizza - Cheez-it Grooves and Crunch'd

9) Finally, add the crushed cheez-it groves. Gently press down on the ground cheez-it.

Mini Mac N Cheese Pizza - Cheez-it Grooves and Crunch'd

10) Place the muffin trays into the oven and let them bake for about 15-20 minutes or until the cheez-it start to brown on the top.  Remove from the oven and serve with Cheez-it Crunch’d

Mini Mac N Cheese Pizza - Cheez-it Grooves and Crunch'd

Mini Mac N Cheese Pizza recipe

Mini Mac N Cheese Pizza

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Mac N Cheese Pizza made using Cheez-it. Fun to make and great big game snack. Crunch'd used as a side snack. Sponsored Post.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 5 servings
Calories 442 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Crush the Cheez-it Grooves Zesty Cheddar Ranch
  • Take large whole wheat tortillas and cut out circular shapes
  • Add one spoonful of cooked pasta on top of the pizza sauce
  • Add Jalapeno and top with grated cheese
  • Finally, top with the crushed cheez-it groves
  • Gently press down on the ground cheez-it.
  • Place the muffin trays into the oven and let them bake for about 15-20 minutes or until the cheez-it start to brown
  • Carefully remove each mini pizza and cool before serving

Notes

Please note that the nutrition info for this recipe is an estimate.  Please consult your dietician for a more accurate calorie info. 

Nutrition

Serving: 5gCalories: 442kcalCarbohydrates: 54gProtein: 20gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 616mgPotassium: 334mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 610IUVitamin C: 8.7mgCalcium: 388mgIron: 2mg
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16 Comments

  1. My kids just love little personal sized treats like this! This mini mac-n-cheese recipe is a winner!