American Food · Budget Dinner · Instant Pot · Pasta or Noodle · Pressure Cooker

Mac and cheese 4 minutes

Comfort food..when it rains outside, the dark sky and all the good stuffs that comes with the rain, all I can think of is snuggle and comfort. 

Mac and cheese is one of the food that I love. I used to grab the box because it was so easy. However, ever since I had a craved for it at work one day, and the easiest way is to walk to Walgreens and grabbed the Instant, microwaveable Mac and cheese, I never do it anymore. I got a bad headache after eating that and checked the sodium on the box, I almost fainted.  Never again. 

Then when I started my love story with Instant Pot and figured out I can make Mac and cheese in 4 minutes from scratch, no more instant boxes. This is instant and from scratch..beat That!

So, my son had been asking for mac and cheese and he got it. I like trying different kind of cheeses. This time white cheddar. 

All you need are these below. 

These group goes first in the pot:

16 oz box of elbow macaroni

4 cups broth or water

1 tablespoon mustard

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

4 tablespoons butter

2 cloves garlic crushed.

These goes next:

1 – 1 1/2 cups heavy cream or milk or evaporated milk, I prefer heavy cream. 

2 cups shredded cheese, we love white cheddar. Kraft has a new one smoked bacon cheddar which is good too.

Topping:

4 tablespoons butter

1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs 

1 tablespoons dried parsley

1/4 cups grated parmesan

So here how I made ours.

Put Mac, broth, butter and seasoning in the Instant pot. Closed the lid and sealed position for the vent. Then press manual 4 minutes.

In the meantime, make the topping. Melt the 4 tablespoons butter, I like to add 1 clove garlic, crushed sometimes. Add dried parsley and Panko bread crumbs,  keep stirring until golden yellow on medium heat. When it started turn golden, add the parmesan keep stirring until all golden brown. By the time the topping is done, you will hear the beeping from the Instant pot. It is ready. Gradually release the pressure. Why Gradually? Sometimes when you cook starch, it could squirt foam so you want to watch it.  That’s why opening the vent gradually is the way to do this

Now you are done, turn it off and press sautee function. Add the next ingredients, which are heavy cream and cheeses. Stir until cheese melted. This will take less than minute. There you have it. Scoop in a bowl and topped with the bread crumb topping mixture. How easy is That?

Try it! You won’t use the box anymore or that fake cheese :).

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