This Instant Pot Mac and Cheese is one I’m happy to add to my collection. Macaroni and Cheese is one of those dishes that you can’t have too many recipes for.
Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
Macaroni and Cheese is one of those dishes that you just can’t have too many recipes for. We eat our most beloved cheesy noodle in not only the traditional style; but baked, fried into bite sized morsels, slow cooked, and even loaded with sour cream, bacon, and chives; while others top it with buttery bread crumbs!
You know what? No matter which way you slice it- nothing changes that we all love it! The only thing that makes it better is cutting down on the prep time. Usually that means my Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese, but today it’s going in my pressure cooker!
This Macaroni and Cheese is one of those dishes that you can’t have too many recipes for. This Instant Pot Mac and Cheese recipe is one I’m happy to add to my collection. is one I’m happy to add to my collection.
A note about using a pressure cooker- You must use regular pasta. Gluten free pasta just doesn’t seem to hold up to the high pressure. Also-for either slow cookers or pressure cookers-if your recipe calls for shredded cheese consider using freshly grated cheese instead of pre-shredded.
Commercially pre-shredded cheese contains cellulose powder that doesn’t break down which can make for lumpy melting. When reheating leftovers- add some milk to your pan, and then add your mac & cheese.
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Instant Pot Mac and Cheese Recipe
- box, 16 ounce of elbow macaroni
- 1 cup of heavy whipping cream or 1 can of evaporated milk, 12 ounce if you don't have whiopping cream.
- 2 tsp salt
- 3 tbs of butter
- 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
- 4 cups of water
- Place the macaroni, water, salt and butter inside the instant pot.
- Set instant pot on 4 minutes manual.
- When Finished, Switch to manual release pressure(quick release).
- When finished, take lid off and set pot on saute.
- Add whipping cream, and stir.
- Then slowly add cheese as it melts!
- PS: Be sure to add any dairy products only after pressure cooker has finished! Milk will curdle
If you’ve tried our Instant Pot Mac and Cheese recipe, take a look at these other great Instant Pot posts on Consumer Queen! Whether you’re new to using an electric pressure cooker or just looking for a few more recipes to add to your collection, we have some great recipes for main dishes and sides!