Yes same here! My boys used to and still love Annie’s boxed mac n cheese…so when I first got my Instant Pot one of the first things I made was mac n cheese…at first they didn’t like it because it didn’t taste like the boxed stuff…you know the strong cheesy taste…but I kept making it making changes to it…
Today, I decided okay…lets put some ground beef in it and see if it makes a difference including some spices and cauliflower…
Now my boys love broccoli and carrots and potatoes…but they won’t try anything else…so I have been looking for ways to disguise veggies…cauliflower works well for mac n cheese because of the color…
So if you have kiddos and you want to get some veggies in them…try this recipe…I think it will be a hit like it was for my kiddos.
"Hidden" Cauliflower Hamburger Mac N Cheese
A mac n cheese your kids will love and you will love because they are getting some veggies in.
1cupheavy whipping cream
2cupsshredded cheddar cheese
1/2 (2)head (cups)cauliflower, roughly chopped
Press Saute, and when it says HOT, add ground beef, drain and then add cumin, cancel Saute
Add macaroni, water, salt, cumin, cauliflower and butter
Cover lid, turn valve to seal, then press manual 3 minutes, then quick release (don't be afraid to quick release here because the butter helps keep the foam low but if it does happen to get messy, close the valve and open in little spurts)
Press sauté, and add cream and cheese and mix really well until you get the consistency you desire
Now this dish was interesting to research because some people say to add whipping/heavy cream to the dish but some say it is not really carbonara if it has whipping cream so I decided to do without because for me, I don’t need the extra calories but my boys can but it does have bacon in it so that was good enough for me.
So my boys first could not wait for this to be done because they smelled the bacon I was sautéing and they kept asking me if it was done…I mean it wasn’t going to take that long to cook anyways but they were persistent!
When it was done…they really liked it! I actually wished I had fettuccine because I think it would have tasted better but all I had was bucatini which was also good also but I think the texture could have been better…also I only had shredded parmesan on hand but I would suggest finely grated parmesan to make it even smoother but it still tasted wonderful!
Here is the recipe…enjoy!
Instant Pot Chicken Carbonara
A very hearty and satisfying pasta dish your whole family will love
1lbchicken breasts, cut into 1/2 to 1 inch cubeschicken breast filets (raw or frozen) also work if thin enough
4slicesthick cut bacon, sliced
12ozspaghetti/fettuccine/bucatini noodles, split in half
3largeeggs, room temperature
1cupparmesan, finely grated
black pepper, coarsely ground to taste
white wine, splash to deglaze
1cupchicken stock/bone brothI used bone broth
Fresh basil (optional)
Fresh parsley (optional)
Press sauté and once it says HOT, add in bacon and cook until crispy and brown
Add onions and stir until slightly translucent
Add splash of wine to deglaze
Add 1 cup of chicken stock/bone broth
Cancel the sauté then add noodles, then cover noodles with water
Add your chicken
Close lid, turn valve to seal and set to manual 4 minutes, natural pressure release for 10 minutes
While the Instant Pot is doing its magic, whisk together your eggs, cheese, salt and pepper and herbs (if using)
Once done, open the lid, move the chicken over so that you can slowly add the egg and cheese mixture until well incorporated to the pasta (be sure to keep stirring the pasta), then stir the whole dish together until nice and creamy