ON THE ROAD HEALTH – Multicooker Monday – Macaroni and Cheese

Recipe provided by Melanie Taylor

Long, long ago when dinosaurs roamed the earth and Melanie could eat gluten, there was a “guilty pleasure dish” called Mac & Cheese. Because gluten-free noodles are AWEFUL and would never survive pressure cooking, I will live vicariously through all of you during this meal – smile!
Mac & Cheese is not healthy but – at least you can add so many things to bump up the protein and increase the volume with vegetables.
Hope you enjoy this easy peasy, better than a box – Mac and Cheese.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

16 ounces dried pasta shells or elbow macaroni

4 cups water

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

3 1/2 cups shredded cheese, such as Monterey Jack (about 16 ounces)

1/2 cup half-and-half

Directions:

  1. Turn on the multicooker cooker to sauté and add the butter. Once the butter is melted, turn the pressure cooker off. Add the pasta, water, and salt. Seal the pressure cooker. Use the manual setting to set the pressure cooker to cook for 6 minutes under HIGH pressure. It will take about 10 minutes to come up to pressure.
  2. When the cook time is done, immediately do a quick release of the pressure. Turn the pressure cooker off. Open it, add the cheese and half-and-half, and stir until combined. Cover the pressure cooker again and let sit for 3 minutes for the cheese to melt and the sauce to thicken.

Mac & Cheese Add-Ins:

Meat

Pepper bacon (My Fav)

Diced Ham

Shredded Pork

Grilled Chicken

Chopped Bacon

Chopped Hot Dog

Ground Beef or Bison

Shrimp

Lobster/Crab Meat

Fried Chicken

Kielbasa

 

Vegetables

Tomatoes

Mushrooms (raw and cooked)

Onion (raw and cooked)

Bean Sprouts

Shredded Carrots

Broccoli

Cauliflower

Beans (Pinto, Kidney and Black

Corn

then top with toasted Panko breadcrumbs and shaved parmesan.

We are excited to share these creative, easy yet healthy recipes as a series leading up to the Holidays! Stay tuned for upcoming recipes and be sure to follow us on social media using #OnTheRoadHealth #OnePotMeals. Happy eating!

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