Pressure Cooker Pizza Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese in a white bowl with pizza toppings

Pizza and Mac and Cheese come together in this creamy, healthy, whole grain bowl of goodness.  It’s meant to be and a total match made in heaven!



For the Mac and Cheese

For the Tomato Sauce (can substitute with your favorite jarred marinara or pizza sauce)

Toppings (optional): sliced black olives, diced pineapple, crispy bacon, extra red pepper flakes, shredded parmesan cheese, etc.


  1. Preheat the pressure cooker by selecting sauté .  Add the butter.  When butter is melted and slightly bubbling, add chopped pepperoni sauté 6-7 minutes or until pepperoni starts to brown and crisp.  Transfer to a paper towel lined plate, leaving oil in the pot.  If using regular pepperoni vs turkey pepperoni, there may be quite a bit of oil left in the pot.  You will only need 1-2 tablespoons for the next step.
  2. Add bell peppers and onions; saute 5-7 minutes or until tender.  Add garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes and stir for 1 minute.
  3. Add pasta, water, only 2 cups of the milk, 1 tablespoon kosher salt, and 2 tablespoons cornstarch.  Stir well to incorporate cornstarch.
  4. Secure the lid and turn pressure release knob to a sealed position.  Cook at high pressure for half of the pasta package cooking time minus 2 minutes. (Example: If cook time is 16 minutes, cook for 6 minutes.  If it says 12-13 minutes, cook for 4 minutes).
  5. While the pasta is cooking, place a skillet on your stovetop and turn to medium high heat.  Add cherry tomatoes to the pan and let them get a light char on 1-2 sides.  Add butter and lightly smash tomatoes (be careful! When the tomatoes burst, that juice is HOT).  Season with a pinch of kosher salt and pepper.  Turn heat down to medium or medium low and allow sauce to simmer until nice and thick, about 2-3 minutes.  Take off the heat, cover, and set aside.
  6. When pressure cooking is complete, use a quick release.  If liquid sprays from valve, close valve, wait 30-60 second, and try again.  If pasta isn’t done, use sauté  function to cook with the lid off for 2-3 minutes.
  7. Select saute function and add 1/2 cup milk (adding another 1/2 cup if too dry), cheddar, quesadilla cheese, and parmesan cheese; stir until melted and creamy.
  8. Serve immediately topped with a scoop of Tomato Sauce (or favorite marinara sauce, warmed), crispy pepperoni, and any other of your favorite pizza toppings like pineapple, sliced olives, bacon, extra parmesan cheese, etc.

Keywords: Mac and cheese, pizza, healthy