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    I made Mac and Cheese in my 8qt Instant Pot and it stuck to the bottom of the inner pot. I am having a terrible time trying to get it clean. Can you tell me how to cook Pasta in the Instant Pot without it sticking to the bottom of the inner pot? Thank you, Cynthia


    Laura Pazzaglia

    1cinderbox2, well, there are lots of Mac & Cheese recipes out there right now – but the most popular one uses condensed milk. Personally, I don’t recommend pressure cooking cheese or milk because – as you’ve seen they can glop to the base and stick to the bottom of the pot.

    All of our pasta pressure cooker recipes shouldn’t burn and scorch the base of your pressure cooker (the liquid added is based on volume so it applies to any amount).

    You can start here, where my pressure cooker pasta method is explained:

    Spicy Pressure Cooked Pasta Butterflies

    And then try any of these recipes:

    For the scorched bottom, pressure cook 50% vinegar and water, and let the cooker cool naturally (overnight is better). Most of the gunk should come right off.





    Cooking it pot in pot will prevent burning although you cannot cook as much at once. Also I have read they make a ceramic inner pot now. (I would buy one but they charge Canadians more even though they are located in Canada and this annoys me)

    I have major pot cleaning issues too (only with Instant Pot not with stovetops) as I refuse to use SOS and vinegar does not get off the scorch marks completely. Seems many people have this issue and many people don’t.

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