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Easy Pressure Cooker Recipe For Macaroni And Cheese (OH SO GOOD)


Guys… when I tell you that this pressure cooker recipe for macaroni and cheese is ridiculously easy… I’m not kidding. It was a JOKE and it was delicious!!! OH MY WORD. Had it all done in 8 minutes. And there was no dumping of water, usage of a colander, hovering over the stove waiting for water to boil – NOTHING.


Here’s what you need:

  • 2 packages of shredded cheese ( I chose 2 cheddar but you can swap one out for mozzarella)
  • 1 box of elbow or cavatelli pasta
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 cups of milk (I used 1% – use whatever you have)
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • Salt and Pepper
Select BROWN on your machine and melt the butter. Then toss the uncooked pasta in and coat. Add the water and salt and close your top. Set pressure to 40 and cook for 6 minutes.
Release steam and open cooker up.


Now add the rest of the ingredients and stir. Close the release steam button again and set the pressure to 40 and the cooking time for 2 minutes. When that’s finished, release steam again, open up top and stir.



Are you looking for more recipes? I have a TON! Click here to check them out. I have to confess. I am on a pressure cooker kick – but that’s only because I’ve been told by my OBGYN to take it easy and try not to stand too much. I need a method that doesn’t require much from me. And throwing everything in a pot like a crock pot or a pressure cooker is really working for me.


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  1. My pressure cooker has low and high (cuisinart) so which setting would I use for 40 pressure?

    sounds divine, can’t wait to try it out.
    found it on pinterest.

  2. I was excited to try your recipe although there are too few details like exactly how much cheese and macaroni are added. I added what I thought was required and it burnt to the bottom and was an awful mess.

  3. Guessed on a few things because the directions were vague and it turned out ok… Just just ok… :-/

    The noodles were underdone with 7 mins in the pressure cooker for step one… I think she means 7 mins at full pressure but it’s not really clear? Also wasn’t sure on the exact amount of noodles/box to buy?

    We went one cheddar…. One mozzarella pack and everything else the same… Good luck!

  4. this was so easy and delicious. my family said it’s better than stouffer’s. I guess that the standard for them.

  5. I have used the stove top pressure cooker over the years but have always struggled with getting the pressure and heat ok. I just recently bought an electric pressure cooker that goes up to 15 psi. I made this Mac & Cheese and it was so great. I didn’t have any trouble following the directions. I can’t wait to make it again!! Totaly recommended.

  6. We don’t buy noodles in boxes. Always bulk. So how many ounces in a box? Also different manufacturers pack in different sizes. Grating your own cheese is much cheaper, too.

  7. Still haven’t seen the answer to what size box of macaroni you used in the pressure cooker mac and cheese recipe. Can you please post the answer. Eager to try this recipe. Thanks

  8. I bought the macaroni in a box tonight but the average is 16 oz to a box or bag. I seldom eat mac and cheese but the first Friday of every month at church we have our “First Friday Family Night Fiasco” Lots of kids and hot dogs and other side dishes plus softball for those who want to play. This week I intend to take Mac and Cheese done in the pressure cooker and it should be a big hit with the kids of all ages. Doing it in my 6 qt electric cooker. Wish I had bought the 10 qt off HSN the other night. Theirs looked so awesome. Could have used the PC for canning too. Hind sight is 20/20.

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