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Stove-top-style macaroni and cheese

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Bring to steam15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 1-1/2 cup servings [300g]
Cost: USD $2.00 per 1-1/2 cup [300g] serving


  • Multicooker
  • Dry measuring cup : metal or plastic
  • Liquid measuring cup : glass or clear plastic
  • Heat-resistant silicone spatula or wooden spoon
  • Cheese grater


  • 4 cups chicken broth [see Note 1] : exactly 32 ounces liquid
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce [see Note 2]
  • 4 cups uncooked elbow macaroni : about 16 ounces dry
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter : ½ stick : 2 ounces liquid
  • 8 ounces pasteurized process prepared cheese product [see Note 3] : ¼ 2-pound box
  • 4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated [see Note 4] : about 1 cup
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream [see Note 5] : 4 ounces liquid


  • Combine chicken broth, hot sauce, unsalted butter and uncooked elbow macaroni in multicooker liner pot.
  • Place liner pot into multicooker and seal, making sure pressure valve is sealed as well.
  • Pressure cook on high for 5 minutes. It may take up to 15 minutes to bring to pressure. This step will take up to 20 minutes.
  • Divide cheese mixture into thirds and melt into released macaroni ⅓ at a time until mixed and creamy.
  • Serve! Macaroni and cheese is a food not best served the next day. It is best served hot and creamy out of the pot when done.


Prep time is divided into 2 parts: Pre-prep: 5 minutes. Melting cheese into macaroni after pressure cooked: 5 minutes.
[1] Mom used at least 6 quarts salted water on the stove.
[2] Hot sauce replaces ground black pepper. It does not make this buffalo chicken! It's very mild. Not a 1960s mom ingredient.
[3] Pasteurized process prepared cheese product: e.g., Velveeta® or store-brand equivalent. I use ALDI-brand Clancy's Cheese Melt.
[4] Additional cheese added—in addition to PPPCP [Note 2]—to approximate original flavor and cheese content.
[6] You can use heavy whipping cream in place of heavy cream. Mom used reconstituted powdered milk as needed; which was rare. 2020 Velveeta is not the same as my mom's 1960s Velveeta.