This White Cheddar Pressure Cooker Pasta is creamy, delicious, and so easy to make in your Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. Now you can have this elegant take on macaroni and cheese can be made in less than 20 minutes in one pot.
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I’ve always been a huge macaroni and cheese lover. Baked macaroni, stove top macaroni, slow cooker macaroni…you name it, I’ll eat it. I raved and raved all about my favorite Creamy Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe. And although I love this baked macaroni and cheese, I also love a good creamy stovetop pasta shell recipe.
Full Recipe, Step by Step photos, and Video Can be Found below.
I grew up eating stove top white cheddar pasta shells. Yes, white cheddar pasta shells are my comfort food. As a matter of fact, Panera Bread has a white cheddar macaroni and cheese recipe that I have come to love as well. But rather than give them all my money, I decided I needed to come up with a copycat recipe I can make at home with the same great taste but little effort.
That’s where my Instant Pot Pressure Cooker comes in for the win. I can have this recipe finished and on our dinner table in less than 20 minutes thanks to my good
You should make your pasta in a pressure cooker
I’m sure many of you are wondering…why in the heck would you make pasta in the pressure cooker? Because it’s so awesome! I mean, no draining of water, no using multiple pots or a colander, and perfectly cooked pasta each and every time.
How to Make Pasta in a Pressure Cooker
For this recipe, I’ve used large seashell pasta noodles and elbow macaroni noodles. Both have resulted in perfect noodles that I didn’t have to drain at all.
First, place your 16oz box of pasta in the pressure cooker and cover with 4 cups of water, ensuring that the pasta is fully covered.
Next, add your seasonings to the pasta (no cheese, no butter, or other ingredients yet) so that it can flavor your pasta while it cooks. Cover and cook on high pressure for 4 minutes.
Quick release your pressure once the 4 minute timer is up. Open and you will find that you have perfectly cooked pasta shells. Stir in your butter, heavy cream, cheese, and other adds in you may have.
Heavy Cream vs. Evaporated Milk, that is the Question?
Most macaroni and cheese recipes use evaporated milk. In my opinion, it doesn’t make much a difference in my Instant Pot macaroni pasta. I also rarely have evaporated milk…but heavy cream is always in my fridge.
I hope you enjoy this quick and easy pressure cooker pasta recipe. Enjoy 🙂
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White Cheddar Pressure Cooker Pasta Recipe
This White Cheddar Pressure Cooker Pasta Recipe is creamy, delicious, and so easy to make in your Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. Now you can have this elegant take on macaroni and cheese can be made in less than 20 minutes in one pot.
Add large shell pasta and water to Instant Pot, ensuring that pasta is fully covered. Add dry mustard, kosher salt, fresh ground pepper, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper to pot.
Cover and cook on high pressure for 4 minutes. Once timer is up, quick release pressure. Open lid.
Stir in heavy cream, butter, and grated cheeses. Top with additional fresh ground pepper. Enjoy 🙂
*Cheese may be modified. Have fun with the cheese combos.
*Avoid extra sharp cheeses as they can be grainy once melted. Provolone tends to be stringy...if that bothers you, reduce the amount added and increase the white cheddar.
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Notes on White Cheddar Pressure Cooker Pasta
- These ratios have been tested on large shell pasta and elbow macaroni pasta in a 6qt Instant Pot.
- Pasta water tends to foam. Be aware when releasing when pressure that some foam may come out. Release by pushing the knob over carefully.
- You can change the kind of cheese if you like but I don’t recommend using extra sharp cheddar cheese as most brands can be grainy. I’d stick with just the sharp, not the extra sharp.
- Provolone, although delicious, melts stringy. If that bothers you, cut it down to 4oz and increase the white cheddar or eliminate it all together and just use white cheddar cheese.
- Top your pasta with fresh ground pepper. Best thing ever!