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Pressure-Cooker Buffalo Shrimp Mac & Cheese

For a rich, creamy and slightly spicy shrimp and pasta recipe, you can't beat this crowd-pleasing dish. It's a nice new twist on popular Buffalo chicken dishes.—Robin Haas, Cranston, Rhode Island
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 10 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Gouda or Swiss cheese
  • 3/4 pound frozen cooked salad shrimp, thawed
  • 1 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 2 tablespoons Louisiana-style hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • Additional Louisiana-style hot sauce, optional


  • In a 6-qt. electric pressure cooker, combine the first 7 ingredients; stir in macaroni. Lock lid; close pressure-release valve. Adjust to pressure-cook on high for 3 minutes. Allow pressure to naturally release for 4 minutes, then quick-release any remaining pressure.
  • Select saute setting and adjust for medium heat. Stir in shredded cheeses, shrimp, blue cheese and hot sauce. Cook until heated through, 5-6 minutes. Just before serving, stir in chives, parsley and, if desired, additional hot sauce.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Crumble your own blue cheese versus buying prepackaged crumbles. It will be creamier.
  • Make a Buffalo chicken version by adding cooked rotisserie chicken in place of shrimp.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 serving: 551 calories, 34g fat (20g saturated fat), 228mg cholesterol, 1269mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 38g protein.

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    • Alyssa
      Jan 3, 2020

      Wonderful recipe!! My boyfriend and I both loved it. I didn't have salad shrimp, so I used large shrimp and cut them into thirds, which worked very well. Definitely going to be making this again -- the leftovers were even amazing.

    • Lacie
      Jul 29, 2019

      Best thing ever!!! More of a side than a meal though. I didn’t have any half and half so I used 2/3 cup 2% milk and 1/3 cup heavy cream as a substitute. It was very tasty and would have been even better if I had half and half. The texture was slightly gritty, but very creamy with the perfect amount of spice. Overall a great dish if you’re a cheese lover! The hot sauce doesn’t sit on your tongue it hits you in the back of the throat lol. Pound it, noggin!