Pressure Cooker Mac and Four Cheeses

The only thing better than four-cheese macaroni is macaroni you can cook in just 3 minutes. Whenever you're craving comfort food, let your pressure cooker do all the work of making this deliciously cheesy macaroni.

Pressure Cooker Mac and Four Cheeses
Photo: Jacob Fox
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
3 mins
Total Time:
23 mins


  • 2 cup dry elbow macaroni

  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 1 12 ounce can evaporated milk

  • 1 cup water

  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

  • teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (1 cup)

  • 4 ounce Gruyère or Swiss cheese, shredded (1 cup)

  • 4 ounce smoked Gouda cheese, shredded (1 cup)

  • ¼ cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs

  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh Italian parsley

  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika


  1. In a 6-qt. electric or stove-top pressure cooker stir together the first 11 ingredients. Lock the lid in place. Set electric cooker on high pressure to cook 3 minutes. For stove-top pressure cooker, bring up to pressure over medium-high heat. Cook 3 minutes and remove from heat. For both models, let stand 15 minutes to naturally release pressure. Release any remaining pressure. Open lid carefully.

  2. Stir. Meanwhile, for the crispy topping, in a large skillet melt butter over medium heat. Add panko; cook and stir 2 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from heat; stir in parsley and smoked paprika. Sprinkle topping over macaroni.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

737 Calories
38g Fat
59g Carbs
38g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 737
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 38g 49%
Saturated Fat 22g 110%
Cholesterol 127mg 42%
Sodium 846mg 37%
Total Carbohydrate 59g 21%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 38g
Vitamin C 4mg 20%
Calcium 990mg 76%
Iron 2.4mg 13%
Potassium 496mg 11%
Folate, total 162mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.4mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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