COMFORT food with minimal prep is perfect for winter.

Try these cheap and easy microwave mug recipes for a tasty and simple treat.

Before you start, find a large mug that is microwave safe.

MICRO MAC ’N’ CHEESE: Macaroni cheese is the ultimate comfort meal. Whip up a mug version with one third of a cup of dried pasta and half a cup of water mixed together.

Microwave for six minutes but stop and stir every two minutes so the water is absorbed and pasta just under-cooked.

Add a quarter of a cup of milk and the same measure of shredded cheese, then microwave for another two minutes.

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CUP CAKE: When you want a sweet fix, this Good Food recipe is the answer.

Mix four tablespoons of self-raising flour and caster sugar with two tablespoons of cocoa powder.

Stir in a medium egg plus three tablespoons of sunflower oil and a few drops of vanilla essence until you have a smooth mixture.

Put your mug in the centre of the microwave plate and heat on full power for two minutes or until the mixture is firm to touch. Enjoy as it is or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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PIZZA MUG: Try this pizza-style recipe for a delicious meal in minutes. Tear up a slice of white bread into bite-size pieces and pop in your favourite mug.

Add a whisked egg, a third of a cup of shredded cheese and three tablespoons of tomato pizza sauce — Tesco sells jars for £1.50.

Mix all the ingredients well and microwave for two to three minutes. Once you have mastered the basics, add your favourite pizza toppings such as pepperoni.

EASY EGGS: Scrambled eggs or omelettes are a failsafe breakfast or brunch recipe.

Just crack open a couple of eggs, whisk and then pop in the microwave for around 45 seconds, stir and heat for around a further 45 seconds.

Top with cheese for an extra burst of taste.

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