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Listen… I was skeptical too. I mean, how could pressure cooker mac and cheese possibly be any good? How could you get a really cheesy and ooey-gooey mac and cheese, but not have soggy pasta?
Then I decided I should at least give it a try because I really like the idea of controlling the ingredients we use in our meals (which means we do make a lot of scratch meals). I also like the idea of not having to sit and make a bechamel sauce and whisk and whisk while standing over the stove. With my pressure cooker, I can basically add the ingredients and walk away.
I’ve been using my pressure cooker more and more lately to make things like yogurt, cheesecake, chicken taco bowls, baked beans, and so much more.
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Will Pressure Cooker Mac and Cheese Be Any Good?
To find out, I did what I always do. I researched. You will not believe how many recipes are out there for Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Mac and Cheese, or how to make mac and cheese in your pressure cooker. It is a bit overwhelming, to be honest.
I wanted to make sure I had a recipe that was simple, that used minimal ingredients and not all these fancy add-ins my kids won’t want to eat anyway.
Side note — we typically add broccoli to our ‘boxed’ mac n cheese and the kids love it!
I also wanted to make sure this recipe was something that I could whip together any day of the week when I’m short on time.
I ended up taking a few recipes and picked out what I liked about each to make what I think is the best pressure cooker mac and cheese you are going to find! The one secret ingredient that makes this recipe so easy and so good is evaporated milk.
The addition of evaporated milk basically takes the place of the bechamel sauce (flour, butter, milk) you’d normally have to make when you do scratch mac and cheese but eliminates all the whisking it entails. You also don’t have to wait for a pot of water to boil, there is no draining, and there is only one pot to clean when you are done.
The pressure cooker mac and cheese is cooked in the pressure cooker with a small amount of water, treating it almost like a risotto. The result was this awesome, creamy, and just-right mac and cheese that everyone loved!
p.s. Speaking of risotto — check out this amazing recipe from Week99er.
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Why A Pressure Cooker?
I have two different brands of pressure cookers in my home and just like anyone else, I was a bit intimidated at first. It can seem a bit scary figuring out how to use the machine and how to convert your favorite recipes for the pressure cooker so you can save time.
My most recent pressure cooker is the Mealthy MultiPot, and let me tell you… I wish I would have had this one first. They make it so user-friendly and easy to use — I would have been cooking in my pressure cooker much sooner had I had this one to start!
About the Mealthy Multi-Pot
We get it. You’re busy and constantly on-the-go. You need to get a delicious, fresh, and healthy dinner on the table but just don’t have the time to sit around while your dish simmers or bakes for hours. Mealthy’s got you covered.
Built to anticipate your every cooking need, the MultiPot cooker features 9 cooking functions in one appliance. Pressure cook, slow cook, sauté, steam, bake cakes (!!), and much more, all at the touch of a button and all in one pot.
Get your meals cooked and on the table up to 70% faster when using one of the 14 pressure cooking preset programs.
You can even cook more than one dish at a time using the included steamer basket!
What I love about the Mealthy MultiPot is all of the accessories that come included with purchase.
I also love that all of the cooking components are dishwasher safe, which means after a quick meal, it can be cleaned up easily.
The button readouts are large and easy to follow and the quick guide makes making recipes a breeze. There is also a Mealthy Recipe App that can give you dinner ideas, or dessert – whatever you’re in the mood for.
Need dessert? Try this Mini Apple Pie Dumpling recipe from Guide For Moms!
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