Dinner, Side Dishes

Baked Macaroni & Cheese

  • Prep 10 mins
  • Approx. pressure build 7 mins
  • Pressure release 10 mins
  • Air crisp 7 mins
  • Total 34 mins
  • Easy
  • Serves 8

TIP: To make this mac & cheese more kid friendly, remove onion powder, garlic powder, and mustard powder, and serve the kids before adding the bread crumb topping. 


  • Contains Milk/Dairy
  • Contains Wheat

Tip: Allergy Advice

This dish contains the following allergens: Milk/Dairy, Wheat

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  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 box (16 ounces) dry elbow pasta
  • 2 tablespoons Kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 bag (16 ounces) shredded cheese
  • 2 cups panko or Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, melted


  • Medium Bowl
  • Step 1

    Place baking soda and lemon juice into the pot. Stir until dissolved and bubbling has stopped. Add the water and dry pasta, stirring to incorporate. 

  • Step 2

    Assemble pressure lid, making sure the pressure release valve is in the SEAL position. Select PRESSURE and set to low (LO). Set time to 0 minutes (the time the unit takes to pressurize is long enough to cook the pasta). Select START/STOP to begin. 

  • Step 3

    When pressure cooking is complete, allow pressure to natural release for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, quick release remaining pressure by moving the pressure release valve to the VENT position. Carefully remove lid when unit has finished releasing pressure. 

  • Step 4

    Add remaining ingredients, except bread crumbs and butter, to the pot. 

  • Step 5

    Stir well to melt cheese and ensure all ingredients are combined. 

  • Step 6

    In a bowl, stir together the bread crumbs and melted butter. Cover pasta evenly with the mixture. 

  • Step 7

    Close the crisping lid. Select AIR CRISP, set the temperature to 360°F, and set the time to 7 minutes. Select START/STOP to begin. 

  • Step 8

    When cooking is complete, serve immediately.