Awesome Recipe for Mac & Cheese



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About a month ago, my mom treated my little sister, Kristy and I to a cooking course at our local Williams and Sonoma. I don’t know about you, but I absolutely LOVE going to cooking courses…. mainly, because they feed you all sorts of delicious foods WHILE you learn how to make them. Cooking courses, when done right, are the ultimate in multi-tasking! The night we went, they were teaching us how to make a 35 minute Red Beans and Rice. My grandma is from Lake Charles, Louisiana, so I love a good Red Beans and Rice, but there’s a reason they’re called Laundry Red Beans and Rice in most Cajun French households… It’s because it takes ALL DAY to make them, so most French wives would put them on in the morning and cook them all day while doing the laundry, normally on a Monday. This 35 minute idea had me skeptical…. I couldn’t imagine how they could possibly infuse the flavors, much less cook the beans in that amount of time…. They were using an Electric Pressure Cooker to make this “miracle” recipe. Slowly, I raised my hand, sheepishly asking what a pressure cooker was exactly and if I should be concerned that it could blow up…. The instructor laughed, but humored me. Hey…. the ONLY thing I had ever heard about a pressure cooker is how dangerous they were and how they’d blow up. I wanted nothing to do with explosive appliances in my kitchen…. no sir. She explained that stove pressure cookers were different from the electric pressure cooker we were using in this class. This pressure cooker could NOT blow up… and the pressure is regulated perfectly, so that it took the guess work out of what appeared to be a quite complicated process with it’s explosive predecessor. I became more and more interested as she explained that I could brown, sauté and cook all in the same pot. Less dishes? Fast food? Sounding better and better, I anticipated the “miracle Red Beans” and borderline prayed they were decent. As I took a bite, I was stunned! The flavor of these beans was better than any I’d ever tasted (sorry, Na Na)… They were perfect…. It was if they’d cooked and flavored all day… in 35 minutes. I HAD to have this appliance!!!! When I brought it home, I was skeptical as to if I’d actually use it, but I have used it more than anything else in my kitchen. To be honest, EVERYTHING I’ve tried has been amazing!!! This brings me to our Mac and Cheese recipe. Kailey wanted Mac and Cheese one night and I was short on time, so I began browsing the web and came across this recipe on squidoo that took only 7 minutes (once you got to pressure, but that was only about 3 minutes, so 10… ). It was an instant hit with everyone! Today, I even brought the pressure cooker into the office for a pot luck lunch and it worked like a charm!

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Quick Pressure Cooker Mac & Cheese Recipe

Awesome Recipe for Mac & Cheese

54 Comments on Amazing 7 Minute Pressure Cooker Mac and Cheese Recipe

  1. Jennifer
    April 24, 2014 at 4:36 pm (3 years ago)

    I ate this and it was amazing!!!! So quick and super delicious.

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  2. Ashley
    November 25, 2015 at 12:09 am (2 years ago)

    How many servings does this recipe yield? I would like to do this for Thanksgiving! Thanks!

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    • jeanne@urbanposh.com
      July 29, 2016 at 12:32 am (1 year ago)

      Hi Ashley! Sorry for the late reply on this one! For future reference, this recipe will serve about six as a large side dish (but, being from Texas, this is a healthy helping, so it could serve up to 10)

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      • Melonie
        May 4, 2017 at 1:38 pm (4 months ago)

        Have you ever double this? If so I would be interested to know how much liquid and how long.

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        • jeanne@urbanposh.com
          May 26, 2017 at 9:50 pm (3 months ago)

          Hi Melonie… I’ve never tried doubling it, based on the size of my Electric Pressure Cooker. If you had a larger Electric Pressure Cooker, I’d simply double the liquid. I honestly don’t think it would take any longer. If you try it, shoot me a line and let me know how it worked out! 🙂

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  3. Amy
    January 3, 2016 at 5:38 pm (2 years ago)

    Was really good and quick and easy to make. I even diced up some ham and added to the final product. Will definitely make this again.

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    • jeanne@urbanposh.com
      July 29, 2016 at 12:30 am (1 year ago)

      I love the idea of adding ham to the recipe! I’ve added bacon (because who doesn’t love bacon, right?) and it was a great addition as well!

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      • Chantelle
        January 7, 2017 at 12:08 am (7 months ago)

        What if I wanted to cook Buffalo grilled chicken strips in there too? Could I cook the chicken with it?

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        • jeanne@urbanposh.com
          January 9, 2017 at 3:19 am (7 months ago)

          Honestly, I haven’t tried cooking chicken with the pasta. If you decided to go that route, I’d make sure you’re that they are being cooked from a thawed state. What I suggest is to grill the chicken strips and then toss them with the mac and cheese! This way, you’ll have that grilled flavor in there, with the cheesy goodness! Good luck! Let me know how it turns out.

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  4. kelsey folge
    May 8, 2016 at 4:54 pm (1 year ago)

    Thanks for a great recipe! Next time I’ll decrease the pepper though. Very easy!

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    • jeanne@urbanposh.com
      July 29, 2016 at 12:28 am (1 year ago)

      You’re so very welcome! Happy you enjoyed it, Kelsey! For a great twist, try it with different varieties of cheeses as well!

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  5. Bette
    July 10, 2016 at 11:33 pm (1 year ago)

    2 1/2 cups Cavatappi is not a lot of macaroni. Is this an error?

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    • jeanne@urbanposh.com
      July 29, 2016 at 12:27 am (1 year ago)

      Hi Bette! It’s not an error. 2 1/2 cups actually cooks up to be quite a bit of macaroni! I promise 🙂

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  6. Genie
    July 29, 2016 at 3:19 pm (1 year ago)

    This sounds amazing. I think I may make it today 🙂 I’d love the red beans and rice recipe as well!

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    • jeanne@urbanposh.com
      July 30, 2016 at 5:31 am (1 year ago)

      Hi Genie! Let me know how it turns out! I think you’ll be surprised at how easy and tasty it is. I’ll make sure to post the red beans and rice recipe here soon! It’s one of my favorite recipes of all time! 🙂

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    • jeanne@urbanposh.com
      January 9, 2017 at 3:26 am (7 months ago)

      Hi Genie! Just letting you know I will be posting the red beans and rice recipe this week! 🙂

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  7. Brandi T.
    August 6, 2016 at 11:02 pm (1 year ago)

    This looks delicious! Please post the red beans recipe, thanks!

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    • jeanne@urbanposh.com
      January 9, 2017 at 3:25 am (7 months ago)

      I will be posting the red beans this week! Stay tuned :)!

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  8. Jenna
    August 6, 2016 at 11:42 pm (1 year ago)

    I’ve been told to be careful putting dairy in before cooking, as it can curdle. Have you had issues with that?

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    • jeanne@urbanposh.com
      January 9, 2017 at 3:28 am (7 months ago)

      Hi Jenna! It’s never been an issue for me, with this particular recipe.

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  9. Lauri
    September 17, 2016 at 2:07 am (11 months ago)

    The flavor is delicious, however, the noodles were a little hard for my liking. Do I just add an extra minute or 2 maybe?

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    • jeanne@urbanposh.com
      January 9, 2017 at 3:25 am (7 months ago)

      I would say to experiment just a bit, in order to get those noodles perfect! Once you have it doen, for your particular noodles, you’ll be able to whip it up in no time!

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  10. Jlbeaux
    November 22, 2016 at 9:46 pm (9 months ago)

    Hi! Love this Mac n cheese recipe. Was hoping to get the red beans & rice pressure cooker recipe also?!?!??

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    • jeanne@urbanposh.com
      January 9, 2017 at 3:23 am (7 months ago)

      Of course! I will make sure to post it this week!

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  11. Linda
    November 27, 2016 at 12:43 pm (9 months ago)

    Low carb pasta ( Dreamfields) cooks much quicker. How long should it be cooked in this recipe? Thanks

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    • jeanne@urbanposh.com
      January 9, 2017 at 3:22 am (7 months ago)

      Hi Linda! I’d try 5 minutes, if the pasta cooks faster. Be sure amd let me know how this works for you :)!

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  12. Katherine
    December 23, 2016 at 3:32 pm (8 months ago)

    I had heard that dairy products had to be added after the cooking is done so curdling does not occur.

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    • jeanne@urbanposh.com
      January 9, 2017 at 3:29 am (7 months ago)

      Hi Katherine. I’ve never had an issue with anything curdling, in this particular recipe. Normally, I’ve heard the same advice.

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  13. Pat K
    January 4, 2017 at 2:12 am (8 months ago)

    This was my first IP recipe. It was so good! I cut the recipe in half and it tasted amazing. So creamy and not like rubbery boiled pasta.

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    • jeanne@urbanposh.com
      January 9, 2017 at 3:21 am (7 months ago)

      I am so happy it turned out fantastic for you!!! Let me know if there are any recipes you’ve been dying to make in an ip! I’ll be posting more shortly!

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  14. Amy
    January 9, 2017 at 1:35 am (7 months ago)

    You think it would work ok if I cut this in half?

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    • jeanne@urbanposh.com
      January 9, 2017 at 3:15 am (7 months ago)

      It should work, but I would try cutting the time to 5 minutes, due to less volume. I think if you did 7 minutes, with half of the ingredients, it might come out mushy. Let me know how it comes out!

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  15. Monica
    January 12, 2017 at 2:33 pm (7 months ago)

    I have a stove pressure cooker, think it would work in there?

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    • jeanne@urbanposh.com
      February 8, 2017 at 4:38 am (6 months ago)

      I haven’t tried it with a stove pressure cooker, but I would imagine it would work in there. Please let me know how it comes out!

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  16. Amira
    January 18, 2017 at 7:50 pm (7 months ago)

    Anyone tried this with Vegetable stock. I am a vegetarian. Also what was the red beans and rice recipie

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    • jeanne@urbanposh.com
      February 8, 2017 at 4:38 am (6 months ago)

      Hi Amira! I’m sure it would be great with Vegetable Stock! The red beans and rice recipe was just posted. 🙂

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  17. Lisa Wright
    January 24, 2017 at 8:30 pm (7 months ago)

    i used the bigger elbow and it was not quite done so increase the time if you use bigger pasta

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    • jeanne@urbanposh.com
      January 24, 2017 at 10:38 pm (7 months ago)

      Great tip! Thanks, Lisa!

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  18. Gwen Phillips
    February 12, 2017 at 6:43 am (6 months ago)

    I’m in shock. It sounds too good to be true. You don’t even have to drain it???

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    • jeanne@urbanposh.com
      May 27, 2017 at 4:29 pm (3 months ago)

      Hi Gwen…. This is the easiest recipe you will ever make…There’s no pre-cooking noodles, no draining…. Try it and let me know what you think 🙂

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  19. Charlotte
    February 17, 2017 at 1:29 am (6 months ago)

    Just made this, so easy for homemade Mac n cheese! My kids love it! I probably won’t add as much cheese next time, it was a little too much, but still delish!

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  20. Corrie Duffy
    February 21, 2017 at 10:01 am (6 months ago)

    This looks really stinking good. There’s a mac and cheese food truck that is always tempting me around town and they always make a basic mac and cheese and add different things to if the their specials. I could do the same thing from home and feel way better about splurging! Do you think this is any healthier than using box mac and cheese? Probably less salt?

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    • jeanne@urbanposh.com
      May 27, 2017 at 4:25 pm (3 months ago)

      Hmmm…. well, it certainly has less chemicals and it’s MUCH better for your taste buds…You may never visit the food truck again…. 😉

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  21. Jill
    April 4, 2017 at 2:02 pm (5 months ago)

    This is convincing me to get a pressure cooker! Monday’s are red beans in Nola, by the way!

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    • jeanne@urbanposh.com
      May 27, 2017 at 4:26 pm (3 months ago)

      Hi Jill….. I guarantee if you start using one, it’ll become your favorite kitchen appliance! Thanks for the Monday tip, BTW :)…

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  22. Danita Day
    May 12, 2017 at 12:00 am (3 months ago)

    I made this in the instapot as described using regular sized elbow macaroni.
    It was delicious. We had it as a main course for dinner with a side salad.
    Happy to find this recipe.

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    • jeanne@urbanposh.com
      May 26, 2017 at 9:48 pm (3 months ago)

      So happy to hear you enjoyed it! 🙂

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  23. Adele Aiken
    May 27, 2017 at 11:43 am (3 months ago)

    I’m planning on serving mac and cheese for a family birthday dinner as that’s my grandson’s favorite. Would this dish keep on warm for 30-60 minutes??

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    • jeanne@urbanposh.com
      May 27, 2017 at 4:22 pm (3 months ago)

      Absolutely! Just set your Electric Pressure Cooker on Keep Warm and it’ll keep perfectly warm. Let me know how he likes it! 😊

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  24. Shanu
    June 3, 2017 at 11:45 am (3 months ago)

    This sounds amazing. I think I may make it today I’d love the red beans and rice recipe as well!

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    • jeanne@urbanposh.com
      June 5, 2017 at 7:17 pm (2 months ago)

      Hi Shanu,
      You’ll love the mac and cheese! If you’d like to make the Red Beans and Rice recipe, you can find it on my blog, under the Savory category :)! Enjoy!!!

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  25. jeanne@urbanposh.com
    January 9, 2017 at 3:31 am (7 months ago)

    What a perfect idea for the kiddos, post snow festivities! Love this!!!

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