I know I've been absent for awhile, and there are reasons for that. Like lots of other people out there, 2016 was not an easy year. Maybe I'll tell you what I've been up to later, but for now, I'm going to talk about what brings me back.
My new Instant Pot, that's what!
Christmas was great, and my most fun gift was the Instant Pot. I've had my eye on one for awhile, but it took Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales to bring one into my life. And boy, am I glad! I love this thing! I think my family likes it too, just because it's made some yummy meals since. ;)
I've made several things in it since Christmas (yes I know it's only the 29th) and I'll probably share some more recipes. Today I'm sharing Instant Pot Mac & Cheese. It was fast, easy, and turned out so creamy and delicious. I thought the recipe over at Pressure Cooking Today sounded like way too much evaporated milk and cheese, so I used half the amounts and it was perfect. Yum!
adapted from Pressure Cooking Today
1 17.5 oz package pasta (I had Casarecce from Costco)
4 cups warm water
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons dry mustard
1 12 oz. can evaporated milk
2 cups shredded Sharp cheddar cheese
additional salt & black pepper to taste
Turn on the Instant Pot (IP) to "saute" to warm it up. Add the warm water, salt and dry mustard. Stir to dissolve the salt and mustard and then add the pasta. Mix. Secure the lid with the vent to the "seal" position. Use the "manual" setting on high pressure, and select 5 minutes for the cook time. At the end of the cook time, immediately do a quick release (QR) to release the pressure. Once the float has dropped, carefully open the IP lid. Turn off the pot and then turn it back on to "saute." Select the normal heat level. Pour in the evaporated milk. It will appear like a lot, but it will thicken. Continue stirring for about a minute, then begin adding the cheese just a handful at a time by sprinkling over the top of the pasta and stirring to incorporate it as it melts. Once the cheese is melted and everything is thickened, turn off the IP. This only takes a couple of minutes. Add additional salt and some black pepper to taste. Serve.
This is how the mac & cheese looked just before serving. After sitting, it continues to thicken.
My daughter, Sarah, had this to say about this mac & cheese: #younailedit Hashtag and all. :)