Cooking in the time of Covid-19: Tom’s Instant Pot Mac & Cheese

Tom is leading the way with a Meatless Monday popular comfort food using the Instant Pot to make a creamy comfort food at a time in our lives that includes the words lockdown, peak, flatten the curve, epicentre, virus, masks, death, infected, quarantine, isolation, social distancing….at least for a little while, we can put those words out of our minds and create something warm and tasty.

Let’s cook!

First, measure the macaroni (this is about 450 g) and your water (about 4 cups) and put into the Instant Pot. Cover and set for 8 minutes on the Manual setting. Manual seems to be the go to setting for almost every dish we make in the Instant Pot. Make sure the toggle is set on Sealing. When the time is up, move the toggle to Venting. To prevent the mess from the starchy spray spittle, place a sheet of paper towel as shown above. Notice where his arms are – AWAY FROM THE STEAM. As the paper absorbs the steam it will curl forward. Crumple and throw out. You will have less starchy mess to clean. Great tip, Tom. I remember Tom was great at feeding babies back in the day. It was his least favorite pastime as a parent but he was always well prepared. He was always armed with a damp washcloth or damp paper towels, a bib for the baby and a make shift table cloth bib for himself as a shirt protecting shield, or he’d be shirtless along with the baby for post feeding showering for them both. Good times!

Moving on! These are the ingredients he stirs in to the macaroni in the pot while it is still piping hot.

Follow the pictures to see how he makes the macaroni cheesy and smooth.

Stir in about 2 tablespoons of butter or margarine.Then add about 2 to 3 table spoons of the Queso and fold. Next add in the evaporated milk (adding too much obviously makes the dish too watery; adding too little makes it too sticky so you add enough to make it creamy and smooth. You will feel the texture as you stir the macaroni and the ingredients with your spatula)

As you stir and the liquid is absorbed and binds with the macaroni, it looks like this:-

Plate, season with a little fresh ground pepper and serve with a slice of garlic bread (Tom’s special garlic bread recipe coming soon), smile and enjoy. Happy Meatless Monday boys and girls. Stay Home. Cook together. Share recipes. Take comfort in comfort food. Pass the time cooking and creating delicious meals for yourself and your family. ~Daniella and family

If you don’t have an instant pot, you can still make this dish. It will take a bit longer but it generally is done in 1 pot, Boil the macaroni, drain and using the same ingredients you can make a smooth pot of mac and cheese. You can also do it in a slow cooker but do check on line for a recipe for guidance for using a slow cooker.

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