Quick Homemade Mac & Cheese Recipe in the Electric Pressure Cooker
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A quick homemade Mac & Cheese recipe that can’t be possible, even with an Electric Pressure Cooker. My mother-in-law taught me how to make Mac & Cheese the old-fashioned way. Her method required making a homemade white sauce and adding cheddar cheese. It is a fabulous recipe that the whole family loves, but it requires me to stand at the stove for almost an hour. And you know me, I like to be hands-free. I want to be with my family in the evening after work not babysitting the stove.
Electric Pressure Cooker Quick Mac & Cheese is Unbelievably Easy
When I first saw the TV presentation of making homemade Mac & Cheese in the pressure cooker I couldn’t believe it. If it was true, I could serve my little ones their favorite Mac & Cheese, homemade without any artificial ingredients, and not stand over the stove. I quickly ordered one without hesitation.
All my three children love Grandma Grace’s homemade Mac & Cheese. It tastes wonderful but I have become tired of making it week almost every week. I even made large batches of the cheese sauce and frozen it in individual containers. By freezing the sauce maybe I might have a week or two without having to stand over a beautiful homemade white sauce. I want to spend my time, talking, hugging and making crafts with my kids (oh yes homework too).
Jim’s mother Grace Buonpane made Mac & Cheese the old fashioned way with a slow simmer white sauce. Grace’s recipe used 4 tablespoons of butter, 4 tablespoons of flour, 4 cups of milk. She showed me how to heat the butter and flour in the saucepan over low heat to make a roux. After the butter and flour cooked for 2 minutes, you slowly add 2 cups milk, stirring all the while to make sure it does not burn.
One stands at the stove staring for a good 20 minutes while the roux turns the milk into a creamy smooth white sauce. At this point, you add 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese into the sauce stirring all the while and this makes the cheese sauce. You have to have pre-cooked a box of elbow macaroni. You poor the cheddar cheese sauce over the cooked macaroni and put in a casserole dish topped with plain breadcrumbs and baked in the oven for 30 minutes. A fabulous dish but takes forever and you have to stand over it the whole time. If you forgot to shred the cheese or forget to put the macaroni on the stove you have to yell for someone to stir while you prepare these ingredients.
When my electric pressure cooker arrived the first thing I made was the Mac & Cheese. It came out of the pressure cooker and was devoured. No one criticized grandma’s recipe, however, the pressure cooker recipe it has been our favorite ever since.
You won’t believe it till you try it. You put the liquid and the noodles in the pressure cooker and cook for six minutes. (I have found that releasing the pressure after six minutes gives you a more al dente noodle) Next quickly have your cheddar cheese shredded because the six minutes happens in a flash and as soon as you open that pressure cooker dump in whatever cheeses you like in your Mac & Cheese recipe. I use sharp cheddar and if the kids are not home and I am making it for Jim I add a half cup of mozzarella. This makes the dish stringy. He remembers from his childhood his mother taking him to a downtown Cleveland cafeteria and the Mac & Cheese was stringy.
Give the noodles a stir and presto you have homemade fresh smooth creamy delicious Mac & Cheese. No standing over the stove for an hour. What could be better for a busy mom with little kids in the kitchen and then not having to stand over the stove for an hour? With this quick and easy recipe, you have total control over in the ingredients in your dish.
If you haven’t purchased an electric pressure cooker either from Home Shopping Network or from Amazon (Insta pot) or even Walmart has their own brand, you won’t be sorry when you do. If you have little ones at home like I do (they are not little anymore but I still think of them that way) that love Mac & Cheese and if you only make Mac & Cheese it will be well worth the price.
However, you will have plenty of dinners to make in your pressure cooker as I have many other electric pressure cooker recipes to share.
If you have an electric pressure cooker what is your favorite recipe to make and how does it make your home life easier?
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