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Mini Leftover Mac and Cheese Quesadillas

These mini quesadillas are the perfect way to use up leftover mac and cheese. They're easy to customize, fun to make and delicious to eat!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Leftovers, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 mini quesadillas
Calories: 199kcal
Cost: £1 / $1

Equipment

  • 4.5"/12cm Cookie Cutter (or small bowl)
  • Large Frying Pan & Spatula/Turner
  • Small Pot & Brush (for melted butter)
  • Toothpicks/Cocktail Sticks
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Leftover Mac and Cheese, at room temp (see notes)
  • 4x 12" Flour Tortilla Wraps
  • 2 tbsp Unsalted Butter (can sub olive oil)
  • Fillings of choice (see notes for inspo)

Instructions

  • Use a 4.5"/12cm cookie cutter or cut around a similar sized pot, glass or bowl to create 3 mini tortilla circles from your 4 large tortillas (12 mini in total). Brush one side of each of those circles with butter.
  • Place 3-4 tortillas butter-side-down in a large pan with the heat OFF. Add 1 tbsp mac and cheese to one side of each tortilla, sprinkle with any fillings then firmly fold over the other side.
  • Secure with toothpicks if needed, then turn heat to medium. Fry both sides until light golden and crispy. Prep remaining quesadillas to one side as you go, working in batches to fry.
  • Remove toothpicks then serve up with any dip you fancy!

Video

Notes

a) Best Leftover Mac and Cheese - You preferably want mac and cheese made with actual macaroni (i.e nice and small). Extra points if your mac and cheese was made with mozzarella - this will keep it compacted within the quesadilla. In all cases just make sure it's room temp when you use it.
b) Can I make Mac and Cheese just for this recipe? - If you're looking for a mac and cheese recipe here's my full range. If you're using any of these you probably won't need extra fillings as they're all quite funky as they are.
c) Fillings - Here's what I use in the recipe/video:
You can really use anything you fancy though! Just make sure it's all very finely diced to ensure the quesadillas shut properly.
d) Can I make large Quesadillas? - Yup! They're just not quite as cute!!
e) Calories - Per mini quesadilla WITHOUT extra fillings. Very rough estimate as all mac and cheeses will be different.

Nutrition

Calories: 199kcal | Carbohydrates: 27.09g | Protein: 6.63g | Fat: 6.86g | Saturated Fat: 3.186g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.704g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2.322g | Trans Fat: 0.098g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 346mg | Potassium: 98mg | Fiber: 1.3g | Sugar: 2.07g | Vitamin A: 139IU | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 1.43mg