Pillsbury Pie Crust
boxes Pillsbury™ Refrigerated Pie Crust
Bring water to a boil. Preheat oven to 450°F.
Cook the onions and peppers in the butter for about 7 minutes until they're softened.
Add the garlic, followed shortly by the flour. Stir well, eliminating any clumps.
When the flour has cooked for about 3 minutes and is starting to lightly brown, add the milk and mix really well making sure to (again) remove any lumps.
Bring to a simmer and you will see it thicken slightly. Remove from heat.
Meanwhile, drop the pasta into the salted boiling water. Remove when it is slightly undercooked, about 1 minute less than package instructions.
Strain pasta and add to sauce. Stir to coat and slowly add in the cheeses to mix well and form the cheese sauce.
Add in the arugula and stir until wilted.
Allow the pasta to come to room temperature, if not colder. (if you need to speed up this step, spread it out onto a baking sheet and pop it into the fridge or freezer for a few minutes.)
Use a round object (like a bowl) to make large rounds with the pie crust. Fill the rounds with the macaroni and cheese. Fold over and seal with a fork.
Depending on how full you make these pies, this recipe may leave you with a few servings left over as a reward for all your hard work.
More About This Recipe
- The fun thing about hand pies is the variety.
You could stick anything you want into these guys!
I knew I wanted to get in on Pie Week here on Tablespoon. I thought: What better way than sticking something that I am most known for into a pie…Mac and Cheese!
I cooked up a simple version of mac and cheese with a creamy blend of cheddar and jack, loaded it up with some red peppers and arugula, and packed it into some cut pie crusts for a great grab-and-go snack. Trust me; when you’re in a hurry, having some mac and cheese in hand-held form is a life saver.
First, sauté the veggies.
Build the béchamel sauce right on to the veggies.
Then add your pasta and cheese. YUM! I always make a little extra—I end up eating so much that I wouldn't have enough for the pies!
Use any round object to make your cuts. Hi everyone! Can you see me in this photo?
Make sure the mac is cold at this point or it will be too creamy to stuff properly.
Bake at 450 for about 12 minutes.
Upon first bite, the flaky crust gives way to the creamy cheesy pasta and everything is right in the world. Another advantage of having your mac and cheese in your hand is that you can dip it in BBQ sauce.
Dan Whalen likes to hide mac and cheese in other things. He has been blogging for over 4 years at The Food In My Beard; check Dan’s Tablespoon profile often to try his recipes with creative international spins!
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Servings: 14
Prepare macaroni and cheese as directed.
Remove pie crusts from refrigerator unroll on lightly floured work surface. Using 3 inch round cookie cutter, cut 14 rounds from each crust.
Divide macaroni and cheese evenly among rounds.
Place 14 of the rounds on cookie sheet and put a second round on top of each.
Gently press edges with fork to seal.
Bake 20 minutes or until golden brown
#SpoonTip for a shiny look, you can lightly brush tops with egg. You can also sprinkle the pies with basil!
Mac and cheese pies
Recently I was looking for a fun appetizer my kids would love! After not seeing exactly what I was looking for I decided to make my own. What I came up with was too good not to share! I turned kid favorite mac and cheese into mac and cheese pies. YUM! This delicious sweetie pie mac and cheese doesn’t sacrifice any of they creamy goodness that makes up classic maccaroni and cheese, but adds a buttery, tasty ritz cracker crust for an extra punch.
Oh so good. A family favourite.
Very creamy with lots of cheese.
The crust . is awesome.
My daughter’s ultimate comfort food. Can’t wait to grab another one!
Perfect comfort food for a damp, rainy evening!
This pie took me back to my childhood! It is so delicious. definitely one of my favourites :)
Quality items. I got the macaroni and cheese pie which is absolutely delicious as well as the pecan bourbon which is my husband’s favourite
My favorite childhood comfort food with a buttery crust?! Can't say no to this!
Mac and cheese ensconced in a buttery pie crust - a blissful combination that meets the definition of the ultimate comfort food. Not to be missed!
We originally got a 5” of this pie, one bite in and my husband just looked at me and said - you need to order a 9” :) It’s amazing by itself but also as a carb side if you already ate too much pie and want a healthier meal
My boys loved the Mac and cheese pie, their fav so far!
A slice of Mac & Cheese pie & a salad, the perfect comfort meal.
Another week, another order from pie hole! the Mac and cheese hand pies will keep me in tasty easy dinners for awhile, and I keep coming back to them for a reason!
On its own mac and cheese is delicious, putting it in a delicious buttery pie crust elevates it to a whole new level. This pie is so good.
So, second week in a row that I’ve purchased pies and this Mac and cheese pie did not disappoint! I bought a personal sized one for my daughter because we wanted to have spicy Thai take out. Let’s just say this pie got absorbed into Mommy and Daddy’s meal as well. The melty gooey cheese with the flaky crust is a great combo of textures and the flavor of the cheesy mixture is perfect! Great pie!
The pies here are delicious! Especially the chocolate nut one and the mac n cheese one!! The rest are probably just as good. Great service. Amazing selection. Great staff!
I enjoyed the mac and cheese pie but it was too greasy for my liking and could have used more herbs added in for flavoring.
Best macaroni & cheese! Best crust! Perfection!
A great balance between the mac & cheese and pie shell. The crispy panko was like a bonus on top. Who would have thought turning mac & cheese into a pie could taste so good?!
All pies ordered online are ready after 12 noon on your selected date (chosen during checkout).
Using online shopping you can order pies in 9-inch, 5-inch, 3-inch (9-pack), hand pie (5-pack), or mini hand pies (12-pack).
To order this product online, select a size followed by selecting options (like the ‘Top’ or ‘Frozen’, if applicable) and then click on “Add to Cart”. As you go through the checkout process, you will be able to specify a date for pick up. At least 36 hours notice is required from the time you order (the system will not let you select a date in advance of this time). Your order will be freshly made and ready for you on the date specified!
Or come visit us at one of our locations for a freshly baked slice, pop tart, or savoury hand pie to enjoy right there or packaged up to go. We also keep rotating stock on hand (first come, first served basis) of the 9-inch and 5-inch pies for those looking to take out.
Lastly, you can visit one of our Partner Retailers and pick up a pie there. Please call them in advance, as their stock is sure to be limited.
We take great pride in making each pie from scratch, by hand, and from locally sourced ingredients of the finest quality. Should you be unhappy with your pie, please return it to the shop you purchased it from and a credit will be applied upon the discretion of the Manager.
Mac and Cheese Cups
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by America’s Dairy Farm Families and Importers, in partnership with the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. As always, I only partner with brands that I love and truly believe in, allowing me to create more quick and easy recipes to get us through the week without breaking the bank. All opinions expressed are my own.
Macaroni and cheese baked to perfection in muffin tins! Great for holidays and lunch boxes – it’s portable and makes for easy serving!
I think this may be the only way to have mac and cheese.
It’s great for serving, for a lunch box, and most importantly, they are best served during the holidays.
Simply start with a traditional macaroni and cheese recipe, add mixture to muffin tins, top with crumb topping, and then bake until golden brown.
You can really use any mac and cheese recipe of your choice. Either way, these bad boys get baked in muffin tins, so you can basically have yourself a mac and cheese cupcake.
It’s an absolute crowd-pleaser using locally-sourced milk, one of the main dairy ingredients here. And it’s most likely from a farm near your neighborhood, traveling an average of only 300 miles from farm to grocery store.
And believe it or not, 97% of dairy farms are family-owned and operated, like the farm I just visited in Merced!
To top it off, our milk comes from the dairy industry that works so hard to benefit thousands of local communities, providing jobs and nutrient-rich foods.
That’s a win-win for all, no?
If you’re interested in learning more about where your dairy comes from, visit UndeniablyDairy.org!