Pressure Cooker Mac & Cheese

Pressure Cooker Mac & Cheese easiest ever made

Pressure cooker mac & cheese will change the way you make pasta forever. I make rice, beans, lentils, vegetables, meat and all sorts of things in my pressure cooker. I love the results of everything that I make it the pressure cooker.  It is one of my favorite kitchen tools.  

I had never thought to make pasta in the pressure cooker. I am not sure why…

Last night I tried Pressure Cooker Mac & Cheese and it turned out perfect. Can I say perfect in about 5 minutes? I am so amazed I had to share.

I used the same ratio of water to pasta like I used for rice. 1 cup pasta to two cups of water.  Pressure cooked at 15 lbs pressure for 5 minutes. Release naturally and it was perfect al dente macaroni. I was worried that it would stick to the bottom but it did not. Yeah! did not have to clean out burned macaroni from my pan.  

The easiest thing about making pressure cooker mac & cheese is that I did not have the boil over mess on my stove.  I hate that and try at all cost to avoid it but it always happens.  Does it happen to you too?  Pressure cooking mac & cheese is the perfect solution to never have the boil over again.

There are a couple steps that you need to do when pressure cooking.  

  1. Make sure you have the right amount of fluid
  2. Season the food during the cooking phase.  Avoid pitting your cooker by adding salt into the water or fluid. Never add it without water first.  It will ruin your pan.
  3. Sometimes you need to release and then recook depending upon the recipe.
  4. Many add in items like cheese, tomatoes, milk etc need to be added once the cooking process is over. 
  5. Taking a class on how to use your pressure cooker is essential if you have never used one. 

My recipe was very basic and using a really good mac and cheese recipe with your favorite cheeses would make your favorite comfort food even better.

The steps to making pressure cooker mac & cheese.

1- Cook the macaroni in a pressure cooker with water, salt, mustard, hot sauce

2- Release the pressure naturally and then add cheese of your choice.

3- Add a little more cheese to the top and broil it in your oven to create the cheesy crust.  In less time it takes to make the blue boxed kind you will have home made pressure cooker mac & cheese with ingredients that have zero preservatives.  

Pressure Cooker Mac & Cheese
Serves 8
Easy mac & cheese made in a pressure cooker in about 5 minutes.
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Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
7 min
Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
7 min
151 calories
11 g
25 g
8 g
8 g
5 g
119 g
463 g
2 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 151
Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
Saturated Fat 5g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 25mg
Sodium 463mg
Total Carbohydrates 11g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 2g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 cup macaroni
  2. 2 cups water
  3. 1 tsp salt
  4. 1 tsp butter
  5. 1 tsp mustard
  6. 1 tsp hot sauce (can use chili sauce if you prefer)
  7. 1 1/2 cup cheese (reserve some for topping)
  8. 3/4 cup milk (I used almond milk, use what you have)
  9. 1/2 tsp black pepper
  1. Place macaroni, water, salt, butter, mustard and hot sauce in a 6 qt pressure cooker. Heat until mixture boils and place lid and cook on high until the pressure gauge hisses loudly. Turn the heat down to medium and time for 5 min. Remove from heat and let the pressure relieve naturally. Once it is safe to open the lid add cheese and milk and black pepper and stir. Pour into baking dish and place more cheese on top and broil for about 2-3 minutes in your oven. Cool slightly before serving.
  1. Use any flavors of your favorite cheese. Add cooked vegetables with the cheese or bacon chunks.
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LeAnn teaches cooking classes throughout the Salt Lake City area. Recently featured in Taste of Home Magazine, runner up in the Cache Valley Cheese Signature dish contest and Winner of Better Recipes Best Blogger Potluck Recipe. Created customed recipes for Hi Grade Meats to use in their promotions, She has been a frequent guest on Good Things Utah, featured chef on Studio 5, the CW 30 and at the Salt Lake Tribune Home and Garden Show. She recently auditioned for the Fox 13 show Master Chef. She hopes her passion and love of cooking will inspire you to cook from your pantry and create your own cuisine traditions. Her cookbook "Pantry Friendly Mexican Cooking is available at She is currently working on a 2nd book titled Pantry-Friendly Anti-Aging Cooking and a video series called Cook Away Hunger.


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