Pasta in a rice cooker!

Everyone should own a rice cooker. Especially people who don’t like to or don’t have much time to cook. The name “rice cooker” is very deceiving, as it gives the perception that its sole purpose is to cook rice. But rice is just the beginning of the things that a rice cooker can do, rice cookers can be used for steaming vegetables,cooking quinoa or couscous, making rice cooker macaroni and cheese, and even making omelettes or cakes!
This mac and cheese turned out well and should be a kid-friendly dish. You could easily adapt this recipe with different pasta shapes and vegetables too. Feel free to sprinkle a little extra cheese on top when serving. If you have a rice cooker, you need to try this recipe because its easy and delicious. Enjoy!

Rice Cooker Mac and Cheese
8 ounces dried elbow macaroni pasta (or other shaped pasta)
2 cups low sodium chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
1 teaspoon salt
1 – 2 cups frozen peas and carrots (or other vegetables)
1 cup low-fat milk
1 ½ cups cheese blend, shredded (I used sharp cheddar, mozzarella and provolone.)
In the rice cooker, combine pasta, broth and salt.  Cover and cook for about 15 minutes on regular cooking cycle.  Open a few times to stir the pasta to prevent scorching the bottom.  The broth should be almost or completely absorbed when done.
Once pasta is cooked, add in milk, cheese and vegetables.  Cover and cook for additional 10 minutes on regular cooking cycle.  Open a few times to give everything a stir (to prevent scorching).   However, if you don’t stir it, you will get a bottom layer that gets a little crispy, almost like when you bake mac and cheese.
Serves 4 to 6.
In the end, we would like to share a funny and useful video with you! Let’s see what other dishes we could cook in rice cooker!

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