Awesome Recipe for Mac & Cheese


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 Sunday. 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!

 

Quick Pressure Cooker Mac & Cheese Recipe

Awesome Recipe for Mac & Cheese

39 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 (1 year 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 (9 months 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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  3. Amy
    January 3, 2016 at 5:38 pm (1 year 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 (9 months 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 (4 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 (4 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 (12 months 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 (9 months 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 (10 months 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 (9 months 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 (9 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
      July 30, 2016 at 5:31 am (9 months 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 (4 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 (9 months 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 (4 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 (9 months 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 (4 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 (7 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 (4 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 (5 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 (4 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 (5 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (3 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 (2 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 (3 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 (2 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 (3 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 (3 months ago)

      Great tip! Thanks, Lisa!

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  18. jeanne@urbanposh.com
    January 9, 2017 at 3:31 am (4 months ago)

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

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