Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

If you have ever wanted to make an Instant Pot Recipe, this is the one to make! Also, check out our CREAMY Instant Pot Mac and Cheese down below in our Youtube Video! It is time to take your Instant Pot out of the box and try both of these Instant Pot Mac and Cheese Recipes!

I’ve had my Instant Pot for just over a month and I am in LOVE with it!  This week I decided to make something fast and something my kids would LOVE! Try this Mac and Cheese Recipe to have homemade Mac and Cheese in a matter of minutes!

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If you have never heard of an Instant Pot,  they truly are wonderful! I was a little nervous to try it out because I DO NOT like new things. But my husband surprised me for my birthday so I thought I would try it out. Well, I honestly can say I LOVE IT! Instead of cooking my roast for 8 to 10 hours in the slow cooker, It cooked for 60 minutes and was just as tender!I also threw in some carrots and potatoes in so I could have a side dish done all at one time!

Don’t put Dairy in an Instant Pot

When cooking dairy ingredients in the Instant Pot, it is a lot different than cooking them on the stovetop, oven, microwave or in a slow cooker.

If a recipe calls for dairy ingredients, make sure to add them once you have cooked your food and depressurized your Instant Pot. The high heat and pressure can cause dairy and milk ingredients to scorch or to turn clumpy. No one likes clumpy food.

So for this Instant Pot Mac and Cheese make sure you add your milk AFTER your noodles have already cooked!

How to Make Creamy Mac And Cheese (video)

What Instant Pot Should You Get?

  1. If you are cooking for 1-2 people I would suggest the 3 Quart Instant Pot.  If you are cooking for more, I would suggest the 6 quart or 8 quart.
  2. This is the Instant Pot I have. I have a family of six and the 6 quart feeds us just fine! It is even the cheaper one and I love it! Find it HERE
  3. If you want to make big meals or big cheesecakes, etc. I would highly suggest getting the 8 quart!

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Serves: 6

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

5 minPrep Time

5 minCook Time

10 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound of elbow pasta
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups of sharp cheese
  • Few drops of hot sauce (optional)
  • 1 tbs dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tbs butter

Instructions

  1. Place pasta in your Instant Pot with chicken broth. Push manual (high pressure) and set the timer to 5 minutes. Do a quick release. Place your Instant Pot on saute. Stir in milk, butter, mustard and hot sauce. Stir in cheese and stir until melted about 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and serve.

Notes

Just be sure your noodles are covered in the broth. You might need 3 cups to cover all the pasta.

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27 Responses to “Instant Pot Mac and Cheese”

  1. Thanks for this recipe! I made it last night for my son and husband because I was going out (I am gluten and dairy free so this was a treat for them to get the real stuff haha), and not only was it super easy, it was really delicious. I did follow the suggestion above and let it cook for 6 minutes and found that was a good idea. Thanks for the easy Monday night dinner - will definitely make again (and might even try a gluten free/dairy free version one day ;)
    • I did this with bow tie pasta. Used more broth than called for to get the pasta covered, maybe if I used elbows it wouldn't have taken so much broth. Also, I used 1/2 and 1/2 instead of milk. I did not drain the pasta. This was so good! Very creamy but not gobs of sauce. Served with a scoop of bbq pork over the Mac n cheese. Yummy! I'm not saying these changes were necessary, just how I happened to make it.
  2. Kristy D.
    This. Stuff. Was. Awesome! I cooked the pasta for 5 minutes on HP then quick release. I used 3c sodium-free chicken stock; the noodles were just covered. (I like sodium-free stocks so I'm able to control the salt.) The elbow noodles were perfectly cooked! Closer to al dente...definitely NOT overcooked. I do take pasta and rice dishes out of the cooking insert to limit the cook over time as they will get soft. The only extra thing I added was 1/4 c of low-fat sour cream which I just like to add to my mac and cheese. :) Winner for sure...the fam is already asking when I'll make it again.
    • Kristy D.
      I'm not feeling well tonight (Thank you elementary school! LOL) and was going to just order pizza until I realized I'd have this on the table long before pizza would be delivered. I think tonight is the 4th time I've made this mac and cheese in the past 3 weeks. :) It's a fast, yummy meal each time. To add a protein, I just put some organic nuggets or some type of marinated chicken breasts in the oven before I start the IP. By time the IP reaches pressure, noodles cook, I set the table and mix in the cheese and stuff, the chicken is cooked and ready to serve at the same time. (I have it down to a science now. LOL) At 5 mins. HP then quick release, the noodles are perfectly cooked; I've not had any problems with them being mushy or having to drain.
  3. Kelli
    Made this in an 8qt IP with roughly half of a 32oz.box macaroni noodles, 1block of sharp cheese, and about 3 cups of broth. So good! I added a little more milk and a sprinkle of salt. Will definitely make this again!!

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