Bacon Mac and Cheese in the Pressure Cooker

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All I got to say is Yippee! The blue box is no longer my kids favorite version of Mac & Cheese.

You see a number of years ago I tried to make home made Mac & Cheese so that I knew exactly what was going in it. The kids all revolted and said mom don’t ever make that again. Stick to the blue box.

So when I got a pressure cooker and heard that Mac & Cheese is one of people’s favorite recipes to make it in, I was hesitant to try it since my kids had been so adamant that they didn’t like homemade Mac & Cheese.   But I decided to take a chance and let’s just say I was so glad I did.  They love it.  They actually ask for it at least once a week.

 

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For this reason I have a new item to add to Aldi’s weekly shopping list.  That item is evaporated milk.

Before I tell you the recipe let me tell you a bit about my pressure cooker.  I know for most people what comes to mind when a pressure cooker recipe is mentioned is the Instant Pot.  You look at Pinterest and that is what all the recipes are for.  Well if you have one, you can make this recipe because while mine is not an “InstantPot” it is almost identical.  I actually picked my pressure cooker up from QVC a couple years ago when it was on sale and from what I have researched, it works the same as the InstantPot.

So now for the recipe.  It’s super simple and done in just 10 minutes.  This specific version is actually a Bacon Mac & Cheese, but you can just as easily leave out the meat.  I made it because I was inspired by a Guy Fieri Bacon Mac & Cheese burger I recently had at Planet Hollywood.  If you don’t have the bacon, but want something else besides just plain mac & cheese, it’s also super yummy with diced ham.

 

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Ingredients for Pressure Cooker Bacon Mac & Cheese:

  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp salt
  • 4 cups elbow macaroni (that a 16 oz box)
  • 4 TBSP butter
  • 12 ounce can of evaporated milk – why it’s my new Aldi Staple
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp spicy brown mustard
  • 3 cups grated cheese (I usually use mainly Cheddar with a bit of Mozzarella and Parmesan)
  • 1 Bottle Hormel Real Bacon Pieces

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The first step is to pour the water into the crockpot and add the salt.  Stir it together to dissolve the salt.  Add in the noodles and top with butter.  Then lock the lid in place, but before you do that, you’ll want to make sure the seal is pushed in all the way.  If it is not the pressure cooker will not work right.  Trust me, I’ve learned this one from experience.

 

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Set your pressure cooker cook time to 4 minutes.  Now it will take longer then this to cook because it has to reach pressure before the time starts counting down.  Back to that seal again, if you don’t check it, your pot won’t ever start the count down.  So make sure to check it before cooking.

 

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While your noodles are cooking, whisk together the eggs and spicy mustard and open your can of evaporated milk.

Once your timer counts down and the cook cycle completes, allow the pasta to sit for one minute.  Then use your machines quick pressure release.

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On my pressure cooker the keep warm button automatically comes on, but if yours does not turn that on.  Then pour the milk and egg mixture over the pasta, and stir.

On this facebook live I was actually making this mac & cheese recipe for the kids.  You will hear in the video that my oldest daughter could not find the evaporated milk in the closet.  In this recipe, I have made sure my youngest knows and she is actually pouring it in in the picture.  She helped with the stirring too and thought it was so fun to make dinner.

 

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The next step is to add the cheese.  Add in about a cup at a time and stir and then repeat until you have added all the cheese.  After the cheese is all added, I stirred in the bacon (or sometimes ham.)  Then let it sit for just a bit until all the cheese melts and serve.

On this particular night I just served it up with some carrots and strawberries.  Can’t get more kid freindly than that.

 

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Bacon Mac and Cheese in the Pressure Cooker
 
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Kid approved recipe for homemade mac & cheese that's jazzed up with bacon to make the adults happy too.
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Recipe type: Pressure Cooker
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 4 cups water
  • ½ to 1 tsp salt
  • 4 cups elbow macaroni (that a 16 oz box)
  • 4 TBSP butter
  • 12 ounce can of evaporated milk – why it’s my new Aldi Staple
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp spicy brown mustard
  • 3 cups grated cheese (I usually use mainly Cheddar with a bit of Mozzarella and Parmesan)
  • 1 Bottle Hormel Real Bacon Pieces
Instructions
  1. The first step is to pour the water into the crockpot and add the salt. Stir it together to dissolve the salt. Add in the noodles and top with butter.
  2. Lock the lid in place and set cook time for 4 minutes.
  3. While your noodles are cooking, whisk together the eggs and spicy mustard and open your can of evaporated milk.
  4. Once your timer counts down and the cook cycle completes, allow the pasta to sit for one minute. Then use your machines quick pressure release
  5. Make sure the keep warm button is on and pour the milk and egg mixture over the pasta, and stir.
  6. Add in about a cup at a time and stir and then repeat until you have added all the cheese. After the cheese is all added, I stirred in the bacon (or sometimes ham.) Then let it sit for just a bit until all the cheese melts and serve.
 

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