Pepperoni Mac and Cheese
By: Melisa Armstrong
Mac and cheese has been a long time favorite of mine. I think I’ve eaten more blue boxes of mac and cheese than I could count. Mac and cheese was one of about 5 things I would eat as a kid.
I still love a big bowl of my favorite comfort food but I also like to change it up a bit. For this recipe, I added in some of my favorite pizza flavors. Pepperoni and mozzarella cheese and plenty of garlic take this dish to over the top deliciousness.
What really makes this dish a winner is how simple it is to make! I made it all in my Ginny’s Rice Cooker! You won’t believe how easy it is. No matter your cooking experience level, this is within your reach.
You simply add the pasta and a bit of water, cover and press cook. About 18 to 20 minutes later your pasta is cooked perfectly, no draining necessary.
3 cups pasta (I used cavatappi. macaroni, shells or rotini would be great too)
1 ½ cups water
4 oz softened cream cheese
½ cup milk
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup shredded colby-jack cheese
¼ teaspoon granulated garlic
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup pepperoni, sliced or chopped
Fresh tomatoes and green onions for garnish
Add pasta and water to the rice cooker. Cover and push cook. Ginny’s Rice Cooker will click over to warm when pasta is done, about 18 to 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, add cream cheese and milk to a microwave safe bowl. Microwave 1 minutes and whisk until smooth. Whisk in garlic and salt and stir in shredded cheese and pepperoni.
When pasta is cooked, add cheese sauce and stir until well combined. Cover and press cook. Ginny’s Rice Cooker will click to warm in about 8 to 10 minutes. Stir well. Spoon into serving dishes and garnish with fresh tomatoes and green onions or your favorite pizza toppings.
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Milisa Armstrong is the author and owner behind the blog Miss in the Kitchen. She lives with her husband and three boys on their Oklahoma cattle ranch. She has owned her own barbecue sauce business and won a few recipe contests and enjoys sharing her love of quick and delicious family-friendly recipes.