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The BEST Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese

The Best Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Ooey. Gooey. and oh so CHEESY! This seriously is the BEST Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese.

Can you believe Thanksgiving is NEXT WEEK already!? 

I feel like it was JUST Halloween…time flies when your having fun, I guess.

And speaking of FUN…who is loving cooking dinner using their Instant Pot?

I feel like the last month I’ve been actually excited about making dinner because I get to try a new recipe using my Instant Pot. 

One of those new recipes is this macaroni and cheese.

Bye bye blue box mac & cheese because this is The Best Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese ever! 

It took me a couple of tries to get this recipe PERFECT but once I did this mac and cheese turned out so creamy, cheesy and so delicious.

So if your still deciding on what Thanksgiving side dishes to make or what to make for dinner tonight.

This Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese wont’ disappoint!

The Best Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

MACARONI & CHEESE INGREDIENTS

1 BOX ELBOW NOODLES: 1 (16 oz.) box of elbow noodles. 

EVAPORATED MILK: 1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk. 

 CREAM CHEESE: just 2 ounces of cream cheese.

 BUTTER: 3 Tablespoons of unsalted butter. 

SHREDDED SHARP CHEDDAR CHEESE: 4 cups of shredded cheese, freshly grated is the BEST!

 GRATED PARMESAN CHEESE: 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese, again freshly grated is the best to use. 

The Best Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

HOW TO MAKE MACARONI & CHEESE

HOW TO MAKE MACARONI & CHEESE IN THE INSTANT POT:

STEP 1: Put the noodles, water and salt in the Instant Pot.

STEP 2: Cover the pot and make sure the vent on the top of the cover is set to “Sealing”.

STEP 3: Press the “Pressure Cook” or “Manual” button. Set timer to 3 minutes.

STEP 4: Once the noodles are done cooking, switch the vent to “Venting” and do a quick pressure release, turn Instant Pot off.

STEP5: Carefully open the lid. Press the “Saute” button and then add the evaporated milk, butter and cream cheese. Mix until butter and cream cheese is melted.

STEP 6: Turn off Instant Pot. Add shredded cheese and parmesan cheese, mix until cheese is melted.

STEP 7: Add bacon pieces and serve immediately.

HOW TO MAKE MACARONI & CHEESE IN THE SLOW COOKER:

STEP 1: Follow package instructions for preparing the macaroni noodles, but cook the noodles only half the amount of times as called for. Drain. Pour macaroni into slow cooker.

STEP 2: Add evaporated milk, butter, cream cheese, shredded sharp cheddar cheese and parmesan cheese. Stir together well.

STEP 3: Cover and cook on high for 3 hours, stirring occasionally. Serve with bacon pieces.

The Best Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

ADDITIONAL BAKING TIPS

NOODLES: I used regular elbow noodles but you could use small shell  noodles, spirals or even penne noodles.

CHEESE: I used Sargento Off The Block Sharp Cheddar Cheese because I’m lazy and I don’t want to shred my own cheese. If you buy “regular” shredded cheese I found that it does not melt very easily because of a chemical they add to the shredded cheese to make it last longer (or that is what i was told!). But for the BEST RESULTS…buy block cheese and grate it yourself. You can find freshly grated parmesan cheese at your local grocery store, as well. 

LEFTOVER’S: You probably wont have any leftover’s because this macaroni and cheese is so good but if you do it heats up perfectly in the microwave. It you want it more creamy just add a little bit of milk to it before you put it in the microwave.

THE BEST MAC & CHEESE RECIPE

MY FAVORITE INSTANT POT:I have this Instant Pot, it’s a 6 quart and perfect for my husband and I.  If you have a bigger family or your always hosting parties, I would HIGHLY recommend getting the 8 quart Instant Pot. You can also make more things in the 8 quart like whole chicken, whole turkey, cheesecake, brownies…I have the 8 quart Instant Pot on my Christmas wishlist.

INSTANT POT NON-STICK COOKING POT: I also, recommend getting the Instant Pot Non-Stick Cooking Pot…I just got mine in the mail and it makes a HUGE difference because things don’t “stick/burn” to the bottom of the pot anymore.

BOWLS: These are my favorite bowls, we use them for everything.

The Best Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese

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Yield: Serves 4-6

The Best Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Additional Time 7 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 oz.) box elbow noodles, uncooked
  • 4 cups water
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 4 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • bacon pieces, for topping

Instructions

FOR THE INSTANT POT:

  1. Put the noodles, water and salt in the Instant Pot.
  2. Cover the pot and make sure the vent on the top of the cover is set to "Sealing".
  3. Press the "Pressure Cook" or "Manual" button. Set timer to 3 minutes.
  4. Once the noodles are done cooking, switch the vent to "Venting" and do a quick pressure release, turn Instant Pot off.
  5. Carefully open the lid. Press the "Saute" button and then add the evaporated milk, butter and cream cheese. Mix until butter and cream cheese is melted.
  6. Turn off Instant Pot. Add shredded cheese and parmesan cheese, mix until cheese is melted.
  7. Add bacon pieces and serve immediately.

FOR THE SLOW COOKER:

  1. Follow package instructions for preparing the macaroni noodles, but cook the noodles only half the amount of times as called for. Drain. Pour macaroni into slow cooker.
  2. Add evaporated milk, butter, cream cheese, shredded sharp cheddar cheese and parmesan cheese. Stir together well.
  3. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours, stirring occasionally. Serve with bacon pieces.

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6 comments on “The BEST Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese”

  1. You dont need to drain anything after the noodles are done cooking?

  2. Would you be able to make this in a normal slow cooker as well?

  3. When you say box of noodles?  What size box?

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