Rice Cooker Macaroni Cheese – Lazy Cooking!

Rice Cooker Macaroni Cheese – Lazy Cooking!

So I know this Rice Cooker Macaroni Cheese recipe is being published just a week after my traditional Macaroni and Cheese recipe but I had to share. I felt guilty because this is such a simple “cheats” mac and cheese I shouldn’t keep it to myself!

Lazy Loaded Macaroni and Cheese

Lazy Loaded Macaroni and Cheese

As much as I love last weeks Macaroni and Cheese dish, this recipe is my mid week special. You see, I’m a lazy cook. I love to cook, but at the end of the day when the kids come home I want a fast “fuss free” meal. My rice cooker macaroni cheese recipe is fast and requires absolutely no attention! Which is great because when the kids get home from school they need lots of attention.

Cheats Rice Cooker Macaroni Cheese

Cheats Rice Cooker Macaroni Cheese

Given that this is “back to school” week, I thought it would be a good time to share this time saving rice cooker macaroni cheese. This can be a one pot meal but if you have older kids you may want to serve it as a side dish with steak or meatballs.

Take a look at the YouTube clip I made which shows in 40 seconds, just how easy this is to make. Please share the recipe with anyone you think might want to have a quick and delicious dish up their sleeve.

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Rice Cooker Macaroni Cheese – Lazy Cooking!

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 serves


  • 2 cups dry macaroni
  • 2 cups water or stock
  • 1 stock cube (omit if using stock instead of water)
  • 1 cup raw diced pumpkin
  • 1 cup chopped bacon
  • 1/2 cup grated mozzarella (well packed)
  • 1/2 cup grated tasty cheese (well packed)
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 4 chopped shallots
  • 1 cup milk


  1. Add macaroni, water or stock, (stock cube if using) bacon and pumpkin to your rice cooker.
  2. Set the cooker on and leave it until it switches to the "keep warm" setting.
  3. Stir through the milk, shallots and cheeses and replace the lid.
  4. Serve after 1 minute.

Rice Cooker Macaroni Cheese Variations

If you’re like me and like variations to a recipe I will give you my favourite variations:

Vegetarian Rice Cooker Macaroni Cheese

Remove the bacon and use vegetable stock + add 2 cups of chopped broccoli


Chicken & Macaroni Cheese

+ add 2 cups of diced raw chicken

Rice Cooker Loaded Mac and Cheese LRG

Rice Cooker Loaded Mac and Cheese LRG

I’m sure there’s so many variations but these are two I know are fabulous and easy.

Most of these ingredients can be found in your pantry so this is a true, last minute dish. Next time you think the only option is takeaway try this dish!

Loaded Mac & Cheese

Loaded Mac & Cheese

Like I said, I’m a lazy cook so there’s quite a few other unusual and quick dishes I cook in my rice cooker. I will make sure to share them.

Do you make anything other than rice in your rice cooker?


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  1. I haven’t used rice cooker for ages – now I’m tempted πŸ™‚
    Great recipe for that “I don’t have idea what to cook” days…

  2. Love this comfort food! So easy and good!!!

  3. Love these kinds of shortcuts, Julie… the mac n cheese looks delicious… I was wondering, is it very starchy?

  4. I love this! My kids love mac and cheese but all that stirring over a hot stove in summer – no thanks. I am all over this, thanks for sharing!

  5. Alesah Villalon :

    Whoa, never thought it was this easy! Love the video!

  6. This is brilliant!!
    I don’t cook, often, or at all … and this is so easy, love the youtube link to see how simple it is!
    Thanks for sharing xx

  7. I didn’t know that you can make mac and cheese in a rice cooker!! Thanks for sharing, Julie.

  8. This might be dinner tonight. Want something quick and easy with a salad on the side…it’s so hot here at the moment!

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