February 21, 2012

The {Best} Mac 'n Cheese, Ever!

     Hello!  It's Recipe Tuesday and today's recipe is all about comfort food.  Three-Cheese Macaroni Casserole, came from The Pressure Cooker Cookbook and is incredibly easy to make.  But I must warn you, this is not a low-cal, low-fat dish; it's all about the cheese and carbs!
     For two years or so Aaron and I have wanted a pressure cooker and my parents were kind enough to give us a 6-qt cooker for Christmas.  This is one of the best gifts ever.  Eh-ver. 
     Once I got over the initial fear of blowing the roof off our building (it is a pressure cooker, after all) I realized that this thing is beyond amazing....  This OMG-good dish took less than 15 to make from start to finish - no joke!   It's a wonder how we ever lived without this incredible invention, seriously!  (Sorta like when we finally gave in and bought a wireless router for the internet... man, we used to live in the stone age!)  Most pastas can be cooked in 6 minutes (without waiting for the water to boil), long-grain rice is done in 7, chicken in about 10 minutes and you can even make desserts in the cooker! 
    Just a note:  We added some leftover spiral ham with the onions and garlic but bacon would be great as well.

Three-Cheese Macaroni
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni 
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • 1 cup half-n-half
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup grated fontinella cheese
  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
1.  Heat oil in pressure cooker over medium heat.  Add onions and garlic and saute for 2 minutes.  Add macaroni, chicken broth, salt, and pepper.  Secure lid.  Over high heat bring pressure up to high.  Reduce heat to medium to maintain pressure and cook for 6 minutes.

2.  Preheat broiler.  Release pressure according to manufacturer's directions.  Remove lid.  Drain and place in an over proof baking dish. 

3.  Stir half-n-half into macaroni and mix well.  Mix together 3 cheeses, reserving 2 tablespoons for topping, and add cheese mixture into macaroni.  Mix well.

4.  Toss bread crumbs with butter and sprinkle over top of casserole.  Sprinkle reserved cheese over casserole.  Broil until top is golden brown.  Enjoy!     

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