Mac and Cheese - in a rice cooker?

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*Please note that this recipe serves 4-6 people.

Ingredients

  • 250g of macaroni (I used elbow macaroni because that’s my favorite for mac and cheese)
  • A tablespoon of salt
  • Water (I used pre-boiled water because I am paranoid, but I’m guessing tap water is fine too, since it’ll boil anyway)
  • 200ml cooking cream
  • Around 300g of your favorite cheeses, shredded (I combined two types of cheddar cheeses – one has an earthy, tangy flavor, and the other has a strong, sharp cheddar flavor)
These are my combination of ingredients for the cheese sauch.

Equipment

  • Shredder (to shred the cheese, if it’s not pre-shredded)
  • Small bowl or plate (to put the cheese in, if it’s not pre-shredded in a bag)
  • Wooden spoon (to mix it all up)
  • Confidence (to ensure no regrets)
  • TEFAL RK704E Fuzzy Logic Rice Cooker (to cook everything in – seriously!)

The Macaroni
Mix the macaroni, water, and salt in the rice cooker. This is how I figured out how much water to use: I measured the macaroni to one knuckle, and made sure the water was one knuckle on top of that. Does that make sense? LOL. I want to say something fancy like, “use a 1:1 ratio to figure out how much water to put in” but I didn’t know if that would be right.

Anyway, this was TOO MUCH water. I am the worst recipe-writer ever. If you’re reading this while actually making this recipe, please take out a “half-knuckle” amount of water. Now the water should juuuuust cover the top of the macaroni completely. Ok, so moving on…

Too much water la dey.
On my TEFAL RK704E Fuzzy Logic Rice Cooker , I have the option of adjusting the settings depending on what I’d like to cook. Some of the other things I can cook in it include rice (of course), congee, porridge, cake(!), brown rice, and soup. Naturally, I decided the first recipe I want to do with my new rice cooker is mac and cheese, lol.

Anyway, if all you’re cooking is rice, you can choose the texture you’d like for the rice. Soft, hard, normal? Up to you! I like a normal basmati rice, whereas my dad loves a soft jasmine rice – it’s all a matter of personal preference.

Beep beep! So canggih waaaan.
For this recipe, I chose the “normal” rice function (even though I’m actually making macaroni…the rice cooker can’t even tell, muahahaha), set the timer for half an hour, and pressed Start. Easy peasy!

The Cheese

Oh, cheese...yummmm...As you can see, I shredded the block of Mainland cheese.
After the macaroni is done, mix the cooking cream and cheeses into it. It’s so easy (and safe!) to do, I have my kids doing it here.



Set the cooker to “keep warm” till the cheese mixture is mixed through.

Et voila! The mac and cheese is done!

OH YESSSSS

Mac and Cheese, My Way
I like to eat my mac and cheese with deep fried chicken. That’s right, this Malaysian gal eats her mac and cheese Southern style! To spice things up, I add a dash of Tabasco too. This is my favorite comfort food for sure. The funny (slash sad) thing is, my kids don’t eat mac and cheese at all. So since I can only make small batches, I usually either do boxed mac and cheese (depressing) or cook the whole thing on the stove top from scratch (so much effort!).

The plating so cantik right? Actually, in reality there is about three times this serving on my plate each time, so please don't tertipu ya hahahaha.
That’s why I’m so glad that I read somewhere that you can make mac and cheese in a rice cooker, and that it’s so so so easy to do in my TEFAL RK704E Fuzzy Logic Rice Cooker . Perfect for when it’s that time of the month and I just can’t be bothered to actually cook anything. Plus, that’s usually the time I crave this anyway. #justified

One thing to note: while it is certainly easier to make this mac and cheese recipe compared to doing it on the stove, it actually takes longer. Usually, on a stove top, it takes me 20 minutes max. Doing it in the rice cooker took about 40mins. Daniel says it’s like cooking in a slow cooker, and that’s probably a good way of looking at it. It sure takes longer but it is also so much richer and tastier! This is honestly the best-tasting mac and cheese I've ever had k, no lie.

I’m already looking for other recipes I can try to make in my TEFAL RK704E Fuzzy Logic Rice Cooker. Any suggestions? I’m an adventurous cook (and an even more adventurous eater!) so throw some wild recipes my way!

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