Instant Pot Mac and Cheese is a dream come true! Let your pressure cooker create perfectly cooked and creamy pasta that both kids and adults will love. Done in 20 minutes, this side OR main dish cooks absolutely perfectly every single time!
We love a good ol’ batch of boxed mac and cheese in our house, but I’ve been on a quest for years to create a version that far exceeds that easy meal. A few years ago I perfected a slow cooker mac and cheese recipe and I make this version OFTEN, especially on holidays. Recently I’ve become mildly obsessed with my Instant Pot and knew I had to create a perfect mac and cheese recipe made in its magical walls. I cannot even tell you how perfectly cooked the pasta turns out and how cheesy and delicious this recipe is. In standard Instant Pot fashion, this mac and cheese recipe comes out perfectly every single time with total consistency. NO burned or clumpy pasta, no pre-cooking necessary and this pot of perfection is done in 20 minutes from start to finish. It’s a cheesy, comforting miracle!
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TIPS FOR MAKING INSTANT POT MAC AND CHEESE THE CREAMIEST AND DREAMIEST OF THEM ALL
Use water or broth (or a combination of the two), but for optimal flavor I recommend using fully salted broth. YUM!
For a touch of spice (if that’s your thing!), add 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper.
For an extra splash of flavor, add 1 teaspoon seasoned salt!
Feel free to mix up the cheeses, not exceeding 4 cups and 3 different varieties total. Here are a few cheese options that have good flavor and also melt well: Mozzarella, cheddar, Velveeta (the loaf! the cheese loaf!), American, provolone, Gouda, Fontina, Gruyere and cream cheese.
BEST RECIPE TO MAKE IN AN INSTANT POT
Don’t limit yourself to mac and cheese, guys. The list of recipes you can make in an Instant Pot is endless! It can act as a slow cooker, saute pan, steamer, rice maker, yogurt maker and pressure cooker. It can cook soup, chili, pasta, meat, potatoes, veggies, cake, beans and so much more. Here are just a few of my favorite Instant Pot recipes:
Enjoy this creamy, dreamy, comforting recipe! Please stop back and let me know how it turned out for you. Thanks so much for being here, friends!