Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Rice Cooker Mac and Cheese

When I first saw this recipe from Lynn, I couldn't envision what making mac and cheese in our rice cooker would be like... but, it looked so easy I had to give it a try. And, we found a keeper!

This is so easy to make, and the combinations of pasta and cheese seem to make this dish versatile... I bet even little kids could make this themselves, almost better than the mac and cheese in the box!

Rice Cooker Mac and Cheese - Modified slightly from Lynn

1 can (14oz) fat free and low-sodium chicken broth (next time I might try my veggie broth)
2 C pasta; uncooked (shells, elbow mac, whole wheat, etc.)
1/2 - 1/4 C milk
2 C cheese, shredded (we used colby jack and sharp cheddar)

Place macaroni and broth in rice cooker.

Secure lid and set to cook. Checking after about 15 minutes to make sure there's still liquid. Ours in our Aroma Rice Cooker took about 20 minutes.

Add milk and stir to combine; add slowly to avoid adding too much liquid. When milk is mixed in, switch to the warm setting (or off -- we found there was plenty of heat to melt the cheese) on your rice cooker. Then, stir in cheese and close the lid, allowing cheese to melt. Allow pasta to sit for about 5 minutes before serving.

Serve warm with yummy veggies and enjoy!

This post is linked to the Carnival of Super Foods: Broth, URS, Quick and Easy Meals


  1. I am so glad you liked it! I know it sounds strange, but it really is good for how easy it is. I have been enjoying looking around at your recipes this last week and have bookmarked some to try. Thanks again.

  2. Haha- rice cooker mac and cheese? Well that is pretty interesting. = ) If I ever get a rice cooker, I will look into it.

  3. Ha ha, me again!! I just posted on your apple crisp recipe.
    Anyway, to Taryn- BUY a rice cooker, woman!! Those babies are AMAZING!!!
    I'm adding this recipe to my list of ones to try, too!

  4. yummy!... I use my rice cooker to cook large batches of brown rice and protion freeze them for use in recipes. I love this recipe will give it a go next week.

  5. Wow! That looks good and super quick and easy! I like how "hands off" it is! I'll have to be trying it soon.

  6. Oh, now I want a rice cooker! I wonder if I could make this in a reg. pot or w/ a slow cooker. ??

    Thanks! Katie

  7. That looks soooo good and easy. I can't wait to try it.

  8. Oh my! Another dish I simply must try. I love this it uses the rice cooker!

  9. After realizing that my 3 year old daughter has never had mac n cheese I decided to make this recipe ... she loved it! I have also found a few other mac n cheese recipes that I'm going to try to adapt to this method; we will see how it goes!

  10. My husband called this "the best macaroni and cheese I've ever had". My one year old will eat it up- and it seems like lately that's a real feat! It's so easy and yummy! I've been making half batches for lunchtime. Works just great. I also sprinkle a little parsley on top to fancy it up. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Hey! I tried this yesterday and really liked it! Just as easy as making the boxed kind, healthier and tastier! Thanks for sharing :)

  12. Hi! I just tried this in my slow cooker because we don't have a rice cooker. I also had to use fusilli noodles because I was out of anything smaller. It took about 45 minutes on high before I added the milk and cheese. My very picky eater said "this is awesome..is there more?" Next time, I will use elbow pasta but the slow cooker worked out well.

    Just found your blog today and looking forward to trying more recipes! Thanks!!


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