Mac ‘n’ Cheese Pancakes 2.0


If you’re loyal to the traditional mac ‘n’ cheese recipes and the idea of mac ‘n’ cheese and pancakes together makes you frown rather than smile, this post may not be for you.    

But before I go further, you probably remember I had my blog-crash early this year and consequently  unable to retrieve some of the posts? My mac ‘n’ cheese pancakes post  is one of the lost posts so I hope you wouldn’t mind me blogging about this recipe again.      

Plus, I need an excuse to make the cheese crusted pancakes and you know what, my blog-crash could be it :P     



In my original post, I have stayed faithful to the original recipe. But like any recipes that you’ve tried for the nth time, it is inevitable that you started to stray. So this pancake recipe is no exception.    

My minor tweak is to add some mixed vegetables.  OHHHH NOOOOOO, what you’ve done Emily! To some of you, I may have just ruin your ideal mac ‘n’ cheese pancakes. But to me, the vegetable factor has actually made the pancakes less starchy? (Uhm…help needed for a better choice of word here!).    

I won’t go as far as saying that dotting some peas, carrots and sweet corn kernels will miraculously placed these pancakes in the healthy category but somehow I think the sweetness from the veggies has managed to “lighten” the carbohydrates-rich pancakes. Plus, every bit of fibre counts, right ladies?    

Anyway, I hope the post will be up and in time for your Sunday brunch. Enjoy! :D    





Mac ‘n’ Cheese Pancakes

(tweaked slightly from “Eat Me” by Kenny Shopsin and Carolynn Carreno)    

Makes about 14 3-inch round pancakes    


Neutral flavoured cooking oil (i.e. canola, vegetable, peanut or sunflower oil) to grease the pan    

3 cups plain/vanilla flavoured pancake batter    

1 cup cooked elbow macaroni (or any small pasta), tossed with olive oil and warmed    

1 1/4 cups shredded cheddar    

A handful of frozen mixed vegetables, blanched in boiling hot water & drained    


1. Set the pan over moderate heat. Pour a thin layer of oil over the pan.    

2. When the pan is hot (not smoking hot), adjust the heat to low. Drop the batter in 2-inch circles (it’s going to expand to about a full 3-inch circles).    

3. Arrange the pasta and mixed vegetables over the batter and only add the cheese when the bubbles appear on the batter.    

4. Use a spatula, turn the pancakes  quickly and tap gently to make the pancake uniform in thickness.    

5. Cook until the cheese melted and golden (which takes about 1-2 minutes). Repeat step 2 to 5 for the remaining batter.    

6. Serve macaroni-side up with butter and warm maple syrup or ketchup.

21 Responses to Mac ‘n’ Cheese Pancakes 2.0
  1. Kristen
    September 4, 2010 | 2:14 pm

    What a unique idea. I think I’d serve them with a thin cheese sauce…with a bit of hot sauce in it for some kick.

  2. Amy
    September 4, 2010 | 3:09 pm

    This definitely made an my eyebrow go up when I saw the title. I love how you added veggies, so funny. They look really cute, but you have to be pretty brave to try them. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Camala - CC Recipe
    September 5, 2010 | 1:09 am

    I am a HUGE mac and cheese fan, I think this is such a cool idea and the kiddo’s would love these, I like the addition of the mixed veggies, I would like to try them both ways!

  4. The Duo Dishes
    September 5, 2010 | 1:11 am

    Perfect way to sneak veggies into kids too. ha!

  5. Lisa
    September 5, 2010 | 1:18 am

    Inventive recipe. Great photos too.

  6. joudie's Mood Food
    September 5, 2010 | 4:13 pm

    2 words…. VERY CLEVER!

  7. Kristi Rimkus
    September 5, 2010 | 5:27 pm

    Now this is very creative. Definitely a kid pleasing meal!

  8. chocolatesuze
    September 5, 2010 | 6:44 pm

    ooh awesome i <3 mac and cheese!

  9. LimeCake
    September 6, 2010 | 9:39 am

    that is incredible! i almost couldn’t believe my eyes. your photos are really cool!

  10. Sommer @ A Spicy Perspective
    September 6, 2010 | 1:11 pm

    Brilliant idea! Congrats on the top nine!

  11. Sortachef
    September 6, 2010 | 3:01 pm

    I once had deep fried mac ‘n cheese balls at an upscale Vancouver restaurant… just had to try them, but they were waaay too greasy. Your’s is a much more reasonable outtake on this favorite.
    Thanks for a sweet post and a great idea!

  12. Sara
    September 6, 2010 | 3:54 pm

    You have some real fun recipes! I love this! It puts together two things that I love. Must try. Congrats on the top 9!

  13. Baking Serendipity
    September 6, 2010 | 5:56 pm

    I’ve never seen this before! But I love mac and cheese and definitely love pancakes so it just might be for me :) Thanks!

  14. A Little Yumminess
    September 6, 2010 | 7:30 pm

    This would be a super-duper hit with the little ones. Especially mine… :) I am thinking you need to do a guest post on our blog? :)

    • Emily
      September 7, 2010 | 3:23 am

      Hi Simran,

      I reckon it would be. :)

      It’d be my absolute pleasure to do a guest post on your lovely blog. :D

  15. Adelina
    September 7, 2010 | 4:10 am

    I would never thought of making pancakes with macaroni. This is such fun concept of mac n cheese. Thanks for your cute post.

  16. Tanantha @ I Just Love My Apron
    September 7, 2010 | 9:16 pm

    Holy Smoke Emily! This is so creative and genius idea! The vegetable is so colorful and what a great way to incorporate man n cheese to breakfast or brunch on the weekend! I have to make this soon seriously. Hope you had a great labor day weekend. I wish the weekend wasn’t over yet..

  17. indie.tea
    September 8, 2010 | 12:21 am

    What a creative recipe. Looks delicious too…

  18. Ivan Maminta
    September 8, 2010 | 7:45 am

    A cool recipe. Took it one step further by making the pancake batter from scratch. Turned out fluffier!

  19. Carla's Tasty Treats
    September 9, 2010 | 1:09 am

    I love this idea! how fun…. we love mac & cheese around this house

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