INSTANT POT MAC AND CHEESE RECIPE
I’ve always loved macaroni and cheese and it’s one of my daughter’s favorite foods. When we go out, she’ll order macaroni and cheese if it’s on the menu and I’m pretty sure she’d eat it for lunch every single day if I let her!
We’ve tried tons of different macaroni and cheese recipes and always enjoy them. So when I got my Instant Pot, it only made sense to try making Pressure Cooker Mac and Cheese!
This recipe has quickly become one of my favorites because you can make it all in one pot and it’s easy. On busy nights, easy is always the name of the game. So making food that I know the kids will enjoy that’s also simple for me in the kitchen makes this a winning recipe!
HOW TO MAKE INSTANT POT MAC AND CHEESE
If you don’t have an Instant Pot yet, then you need to get one! I’m pretty sure you can make everything you can dream up in one from breakfast to lunch and on to dinner! Plus there are some amazing dessert recipes out there too!
We’ve got a 6-Quart Instant Pot and it works pretty well for our family of three adults and two kids.
So once you’ve got your Instant Pot, you’re ready to make Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese for your family!
All you have to do is put chicken broth and noodles into the pressure cooker with butter, salt, and pepper. You’ll cook them for a few minutes then add in evaporated milk and cheese. Once it’s all melted, you can sit down and enjoy it together!
Yes, it’s really that easy to make!
PRINTABLE INSTANT POT MAC N CHEESE RECIPE
Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
- 1 lb Cavatappi noodles
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 3 Tbsp butter
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 cups shredded Parmesan cheese
- 5 oz evaporated milk
Pour chicken broth and 1 pound of Cavatappi noodles into the Instant Pot. Top with butter, salt and pepper, and stir.
Seal the Instant Pot lid closed and press manual. Set the timer to 5 minutes and make sure the seal is closed.
Manually vent after the pasta cooks and the timer goes off.
Once it is safe to open the lid, pour the evaporated milk and cheese over the pasta and stir until melted.
Remember that the 5 minute cook time isn't the total cook time. It will take some time for your Instant Pot to come to pressure before the actual cook time begins. Depending on how much liquid is in the pressure cooker, it can take 5 to 30 minutes.
MAKING MAC AND CHEESE INTO MEAL
Instant Pot Mac and Cheese is an easy side dish to whip up while you work on another main dish, but I love that you can also turn macaroni and cheese into a full meal on its own.
Some of our favorite things to add into One Pot Mac and Cheese are:
- Rotisserie Chicken
- Diced Ham
- Hot Dogs
- Diced tomatoes
Or you can add any combination of these things to really personalize the recipe and make it your own!
It’s also a great side dish with almost any main dish! We love it with hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, and fish! I think macaroni and cheese might be one of the most versatile recipes!
Your Instant Pot is the key to quick homemade mac and cheese!
INSTANT POT MACARONI AND CHEESE FAQ
Can you make Instant Pot Mac and Cheese without evaporated milk?
Absolutely! You can use different types of milk depending on what you have on hand or the flavor you prefer. Whole milk works well and I’ve also made it with skim milk. I think that it would also be great with heavy cream. Some people have recommended half and half to me as well, but I haven’t tried it yet!
If all you have around the house is regular milk, roll with it!
Can I use elbow macaroni to make this Instant Pot Mac and Cheese recipe?
Yes, you can use any type of pasta that you would like, but I find that tubular shaped noodles work best. We love the Cavatappi shape because it’s fun and also holds the cheese macaroni and cheese sauce well.
You can use elbow macaroni, rotini, rigatoni, penne, fusilli, and farfalle work well for this recipe.
What kinds of cheese can I use to make macaroni and cheese in my pressure cooker?
For this recipe, we used a combination of mild cheddar and parmesan, but you can tweak your cheese to your tastes.
You can use sharp cheddar, white cheddar, monterey jack, colby jack, or even swiss! Our local grocery store has an amazing cheese department that I might have to explore the next time I make this recipe!
Can I reheat the leftovers?
Macaroni and cheese tastes the best when it’s fresh. But you can definitely reheat your leftovers. Dish it into a microwave-safe bowl. Before you pop it in the microwave, add a splash of milk to the bowl.
Then heat a bit, stir, and heat again until completely warmed.
Once you try Instant Pot Mac and Cheese, you might never boil another pot of water on the stovetop again! It’s that easy to make!
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