Easy Pressure Cooker Mac and Cheese

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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. 

Pressure Cooker Baked Beans


 

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. 


SKIP TO RECIPE

Yields 8

Easy Pressure Cooker Mac and Cheese

10 minPrep Time

4 minCook Time

14 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb dried elbow macaroni
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1 tsp hot pepper sauce (optional)
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt or 2 tsp table salt
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
  • 16 ounces shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese
  • 6 ounces shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Optional Bread Crumb Topping
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs

Instructions

  1. Add the macaroni, butter, mustard, salt, water, and the optional hot sauce to the pressure cooker, stir, lock the lid, and cook on high pressure for 4 minutes.
  2. Quick release the pressure when cooking is done and remove the lid.
  3. Turn the pressure cooker to saute (low heat) or use the keep warm mode.
  4. Stir in the evaporated milk. Test the pasta for doneness -- it should be al-dente but if it is still tough in the middle just simmer for a few minutes until tender.
  5. Stir in the cheese one handful at a time, stirring constantly until melted.
  6. Optional
  7. Put your macaroni in an oven safe/broiler safe dish and sprinkle the bread crumbs over the macaroni in an even layer. Broil until toasted.

Notes

If broiling the breadcrumbs be sure to keep an eye on them as they can burn quickly under the broiler.

4 cups of water is just enough to cook 1lb of pasta. The water will be absorbed as the pasta cooks so no draining is necessary.

Tools used: 6qt Mealthy Multi-Pot Pressure Cooker

Tags

Diet :    
vegetarian
lacto vegetarian
pescetarian
Allergy :    
egg free
soy free
peanut free
seafood free
treenut free
sesame free
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Pressure Cooker cooking times for Mealthy Multi-Pot - May work for Instant Pot as well

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.

You can find the Mealthy MultiPot on Amazon with all the included accessories.


 

Need dessert? Try this Mini Apple Pie Dumpling recipe from Guide For Moms!

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7 thoughts on “Easy Pressure Cooker Mac and Cheese

  • July 13, 2018 at 9:47 pm
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    The first thing that I’d like to try is the Mac & cheese recipe I saw being made tonight. It looked absolutely cheesy delicious. Reply
  • July 13, 2018 at 11:33 pm
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    Great recipes! Great fun watching the live. Reply
  • July 14, 2018 at 2:11 am
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    I love that it has 14 pressure cooking preset programs. Reply
  • July 14, 2018 at 5:10 pm
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    I have always thought of getting of a pressure cooker but have yet to find a deal Reply
  • July 14, 2018 at 10:02 pm
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    Love that the components are dishwasher safe! That saves even more time. Reply
  • July 18, 2018 at 11:34 am
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    I am going to make stews and chili. Reply

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