Cooking with The Mommy-Files

By Shannon Gosney
In Blogging Randomness
January 19, 2010

I love Cuisinart products and recently had the opportunity to review a Cuisinart Rice Plus Multi-Cooker. I LOVE it! I love that it’s lightweight, has a handle, is easy to use, and does a great job preparing yummy meals! I recently prepared a recipe out of the Recipe Booklet called “Pasta with Four Cheeses.” It was pretty good, but a little on the expensive side. However, it was fun to try and tasted good when all was said and done!


– 1 pound Rotini Noodles (or large elbow macaroni noodles)
– 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (I used regular salted butter)
– 1 small shallot, finely chopped (about 1/4 cup)
– 3 garlic gloves (I used 4)
– 2 tablespoons unbleached, all-purpose flour
– 2 cups low-fat evaporated milk
– 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
– 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
– 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
– 6 ounces shredded extra sharp Cheddar (I used more than that – about 1 cup)
– 4 ounces shredded Gruyere cheese
– 2 ounces shredded Mozzarella cheese (I used more than that – about 1/2 cup)
– 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs (I used finely crushed saltines)
– 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan (or as much as you want)

Step 1: Cook the pasta al dente. Rinse under cool water and drain thoroughly. Set to the side.

Step 2: Put the butter in the cooking pot and selet the QUICK COOK function and press START. Once butter is hot and shimmering, about 2 minutes, add the shallot and garlic. Saute until softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in the flour; cook about 1 minute to reduce the flour taste. Stir in the milk and the dry mustart, salt, and pepper.

Step 3:  Switch the cooker to the SLOW COOK function and set the timer for 3 hours.  Add the reserved pasta and the Cheddar, Gruyere, and Mozzarella to the cooking pot.  Stir thoroughly to combine.  Sprinkle with the breadcrumbs and Parmesan.  Close the lid of the cooker.  Press START.

Step 4:  Once the audible tone has to indicate the end of cooking, open the lid.  Stir and let rest for 5 minutes.  Serve.

Once the meal was finished cooking, we were left with a yummy Pasta and Cheese.  It was easy and fun to make…thanks to Cuisinart.

I received no monetary compensation for writing this post.  I am sharing my experience with the Cuisinart products in my home.  All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of RedheadMom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

7 Responses to “Cooking with The Mommy-Files”

  1. Anne G says:

    This looks really good, I’ve been debating buying a rice cooker, but I’m not sure I want to devote counter space to something I’ll only use a few times a week.

  2. Sharon says:

    I have a rice cooker but have never made anything but rice in it. I do love it for that purpose but haven’t thought about using it for other dishes. Thanks for sharing your experience with an alternate use. The pasta looks wonderful!

  3. Mmm…that looks yummy! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Jessie C. says:

    Shannon you just gave me a great lesson, I didn’t know we can cook noodles using rice cooker! Great idea!

  5. It looks delicious, did the boys really like it with the Gruyere cheese? It seems like it would be kind of easy to make in the Cuisinart. I love their products, I just got a panini grill and have been experimenting and playing with all kinds of things.
    Have fun with your rice cooker, I look forward to seeing more recipes from you!

  6. makayla B says:

    This looks yummy. I might just make it for my dad. Wonder if I could make it in my rice cooker. hmmmmm.

  7. Looks great and vegetarian too!

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