Easy Rice Cooker Mac 'n Cheese


I've made this extra cheesy mac and cheese several times in the rice cooker and it always comes out delicious! If you like your mac and cheese nice and crusty, leave the cooker on warm for another 10 to 15 minutes after stirring the cheeses into the cooked macaroni.

close up view of extra cheesy mac and cheese
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 1 ½ cups elbow macaroni

  • 1 ½ cups low-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk

  • ¾ cup shredded Cheddar cheese

  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • ¼ teaspoon paprika

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Mix macaroni, broth, and almond milk together in the rice cooker; cook according to the manufacturer's instructions until macaroni is tender yet firm to the bite, 30 to 40 minutes.

  2. Stir Cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, paprika, salt, and pepper into macaroni mixture until cheeses are melted.

Cook's Notes:

I make this in my small Aroma 2- to 8-cup rice cooker. If you have a larger unit, you may easily double or triple this recipe.

Elbow macaroni works best in this recipe, but you can use rotini, penne, shells, or whatever smaller pasta you have on hand.

Feel free to experiment with different types of cheese — sharp, medium, Italian blend, or whatever you like!

I used low-sodium chicken broth, but any kind would be good. Any type of milk can be used in place of almond milk.

Red pepper flakes can be used in place of paprika.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

417 Calories
16g Fat
44g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 3
Calories 417
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 9g 47%
Cholesterol 50mg 17%
Sodium 507mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 507mg 39%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 237mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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