I bought a pressure cooker several months ago. I’ve been slowly learning to really make use of it and recently I decided to make more of an effort to try some new things.
I’ve got a post planned soon with some general info and ideas on using a pressure cooker, but first I wanted to share this recipe for Pressure Cooker Macaroni and Cheese.
Of all the different mac and cheese recipes I’ve tried, this one is the winner. It’s creamy, cheesy and homemade. And it’s faster than the other methods. I think it’s even faster than my other mac and cheese. You know, the one with the processed cheese product, which I do love, but isn’t very healthy.
I love that this recipe is homemade, but doesn’t require you to make the sauce separately from the macaroni. It’s fewer dishes to wash and easier prep.
I adapted this recipe from an America’s Test Kitchen magazine. First, I doubled the recipe. The original only served 4 people. We did have a lot left over after I doubled it, and I wondered if it would get eaten. Sometimes, my kids don’t like the macaroni very well when it’s leftover. But this one held up great in the fridge. We finished it all for lunches and teenage boy midnight snacks.
I also swapped out the can of evaporated milk, in favor of a combination milk and half & half. I always have those ingredients on hand, but I don’t always have cans of evaporated milk in the pantry.
If you’ve got a pressure cooker in your cabinet, get it out and try this recipe.
- 16 oz macaroni
- 4 cups water
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. dry mustard
- pinch cayenne pepper
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1 1/2 cups half & half
- 8 oz cheddar cheese, shredded
- 8 oz Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
- black pepper, to taste
- Stir macaroni, water, salt, mustard and cayenne pepper together in the pressure cooker.
- Lock the lid and select high pressure.
- Once the pressure button pops up, indicating full pressure, set a timer (not the one on the cooker) for 4 minutes.
- Use a quick pressure release when the 4 minutes are up.
- Remove lid and stir in the milk and half & half.
- Turn on the "browning" setting and cook 1-3 minutes until thick, stirring often.
- Add the cheese a handful at a time, stirring to allow it to melt into the macaroni.
- Season with pepper and serve.