Super Simple, Yet Very Fancy!
There's something about the taste of truffle that immediately says elegance. If you've never splurged on truffle oil, I highly recommend it to help elevate your mac-and-cheese or mashed potatoes. I also love the creaminess of Gruyere cheese! And when you combine it with the richness of a great, sharp white cheddar, the result is deliciously amazing.
I also decided to switch up the pasta for this recipe. Have you ever heard of Fusilli Bucati Corti? It's simply a spiral pasta that I think helps with the presentation of this mac-and-cheese. Now, I wouldn't always choose this type of noodle. But when wanting to make a lasting impression on your dinner party guests, it can really help take this simple dish to the next level. That's right.... this dish is dinner party worthy!
The Secret to this Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese
If you've ever made a cheese sauce for macaroni and cheese, then you know the base is a bechamel sauce - butter, flour, and milk. Now, when making this dish in the Instant Pot, that presents a problem. But for every problem, there is a solution. And this is no different.
And the secret is... Evaporated Milk! I guess it's not really a secret, since my mom has been using this for her macaroni-and-cheese casserole since forever. I'm just using it in a different way for this method - to replace the bechamel. And trust me, you cannot tell the difference.
HOW TO MAKE THIS
INSTANT POT MACARONI AND CHEESE
And the AMAZING Result…
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Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese with Truffle and Gruyere
- 4 cups chicken broth
- ½ tsp. paprika
- 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
- 2 Tbsp. butter
- 1 lb. Fusilli Corti Bucati pasta or elbow pasta
- 1 tsp. sea salt
- 4 tsp. Truffle oil
- 12 oz. evaporated milk
- 8 oz. Gruyere cheese shredded
- 8 oz. sharp white cheddar shredded
- Add chicken broth, Dijon mustard, and paprika to pot and give a good mix. Then add butter, pasta, and finally salt. Lock lid and cook for 3 minutes at high pressure.
- Once cook time is complete, quick-release pressure. Remove lid then switch to sauté setting.
- Add truffle oil and evaporated milk - gently mix well.
- Once it comes back up to a boil, switch to keep warm setting.
- Add both cheeses ½ cup at a time, mixing well until all shreds have melted.
- Gently give a good mix. Serve as soon as possible for creamiest consistency.
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