My child came up to me on this cold day before his soccer training and begged for my homemade Pressure Cooker Mac and Cheese. How can I deny this delicious recipe of his to be served tonight?
There was one request as well. He wanted to mix different macaroni and pasta products. Well, instead of going with a traditional elbow mac and cheese, I was ready to improvise.
What Goes With Mac And Cheese Recipe?
I add vegetables to my cheesy version of Pressure Cooker Mac And Cheese. One of the favorites is cauliflower. This cruciferous vegetables is rich in anticancer properties and provide ample fiber, vitamin C, potassium, folate, choline. Some research points that Indole-3-carbinol and sulforaphane found in cauliflower contribute to its anti-inflammatory properties that protect the cells from cancers.
Adding cauliflower contributes to the liver detox as well.
Side Note On Each of these Naturally Occurring Chemical Compounds in Cauliflower
FIBER – Fiber is essential to our food digestion! It allows for better absorption of nutrients and contributes bulk to our intestinal health. Fiber is one of the key ingredients in blood sugar control, thus healthy weight maintenance.
VITAMIN C – This water soluble vitamin is an amazing one! It plays a vital role in thousands of our bodily functions. It participates in formation of collagen, absorption of iron, the immune system, wound healing, and the maintenance of cartilage, bones, and teeth. WOW! Cauliflower is one of the best sources for vitamin C.
FOLATE – Folate is a B vitamin that is present in cauliflower and in many vegetables. Folate is especially important for pregnant women for formation of a healthy baby. Folic acid, form of FOLATE, is vital for making red blood cells and for the synthesis and repair of DNA and RNA.
CHOLINE – Choline is a form of vitamin B that is known for brain development. You know that a growing child is need of a massive support for her organ and brain growth. Serving your child plenty of vegetables that are rich in phytonutrients and vitamins will add to the benefits she gets from her daily diet.
That is why adding cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli, even spinach and kale to a Pressure Cooker Mac and Cheese adds a huge health value benefit to your quick dinner or lunch menu.
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You Can Cook Mac and Cheese in Pressure Cooker!
What I love about this Pressure Cooker Mac and Cheese is the amount of liquids that can be varied without spoiling your homemade recipe. I usually use a vegetable broth with my recipe. But you can use whatever is available in your pantry: Chicken broth or Water!
You Can REHEAT Mac and Cheese Later, Too!
If I cook a bit more than my family can eat, I store my delicious Pressure Cooker Mac and Cheese in a glass container in the fridge. I will reheat it the next day either in a microwave or in a pan. I would add a few spoonfuls of vegetable broth or water to both.
If you like, you could add some olive oil or ghee to the heated version in a pan. If you love milk or cream, add a bit of these ingredients to the heated leftovers. I love a pan version of my reheated Mac and Cheese recipe! Extra liquid helps to break up the starches and heat your macaroni heat evenly and nicely.
How Long Do You Cook Macaroni in Pressure Cooker?
The best thing for a quick lunch or dinner is that Pressure Cooker Mac and Cheese are ready in 4 minutes! That is four minutes of cooking inside the pressure cooker. Allow a few minutes for gathering the ingredients and for the pressure cooker to build up the heat. I would say, your final Mac and Cheese recipe will be ready in a total of 15 minutes MAX!
Four minutes of cooking is FAST for me!
Swipe This Homemade Pressure Cooker Mac and Cheese Recipe!
This homemade Pressure Cooker Mac and Cheese recipe is easy and fast. Cooked with cruciferous vegetables, this recipe offers fiber, vitamins and minerals to the daily diet. Kids will LOVE IT!
- 16 oz pasta: your choice of elbow pasta or any other type
- 4 cup vegetable broth or substitute with water or chicken broth
- 1 cup milk or substitute with half-and-half
- 4 oz sharp Cheddar cheese
- 4 oz Monterey cheese
- 2 oz Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 Tbs Dijon mustard
- 2 Tbs Butter or Ghee
- Black pepper to taste and is optional
- Place all ingredients into a Pressure Cooker. Stir them carefully to mix all ingredients together.
- Cook on HIGH for 4 minutes.
- Allow fast release or slow if you have time on hand.
- Enjoy your Mac and Cheese immediately!
I use more pepper on mine Mac and Cheese. My family loves French Onions on theirs! It is especially yummy during the Thanksgiving and entire Holiday Season.
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