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Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese

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I don’t know about you, but I am a Mac & Cheese fanatic. I love eating it from a box, Gourmet Mac and Cheese, Chili Mac, and I have absolutely fallen in love with Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese.

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Why You Will Love This Macaroni Cheese Recipe

This macaroni and cheese recipe is packed with flavor, making it one of the most delicious dishes you can make. The sharp cheddar cheese gives it a bold taste, while the creaminess of the mozzarella makes it creamy and comforting. . Plus, it’s incredibly easy to make, so you don’t have to worry about spending hours in the kitchen. For those reasons and more, you will love this macaroni and cheese recipe.

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Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese Ingredients

The ingredients for this recipe will serve about 8 people.

  • Dried Macaroni: Is the main component of the dish, providing a firm, hearty base that will soak up all the creamy cheese sauce.
  • Chicken Stock: Used as the cooking liquid for the macaroni, it imparts a savory depth of flavor that elevates the whole dish.
  • Butter: Adds a rich, creamy element to the cheese sauce and enhances the overall mouthfeel of the macaroni and cheese.
  • Salt or Garlic Salt: Enhance the natural flavors of the other ingredients.
  • Whole Milk: Is key to creating a creamy, silky sauce that envelops every piece of macaroni.
  • Shredded Mild Cheddar: Melts beautifully into the sauce, adding a classic, slightly tangy flavor that’s synonymous with macaroni and cheese.
  • Mozzarella Shredded: Contributes a mild, creamy flavor and a delightful, stretchy texture that makes every bite of this macaroni and cheese extra satisfying.
Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese Ingredients.

How to Make Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese?

This recipe is so simple to make that you can have it on the table in 15 minutes. Follow the steps below!

Step 1

In the Instant Pot, combine dried macaroni, water, and salt. 

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Step 2

Place the lid on the Instant Pot, and close by twisting in place. Close the valve. Set the Instant Pot to High Pressure at 4 minutes (The Instant Pot will take about 12 minutes to come pressure.).

Step 3 Quick Release Your Instant Pot

Once the Instant Pot finishes cooking after the 4 minutes, open the valve using something to protect your hands as the steam will be hot. Turn Instant Pot off. After the Instant Pot has released all its pressure, untwist the lid, and pull the lid off away from you. 

Related: Quick Release Vs. Natural Release and Keep Warm

Step 4

Stir in the milk, and butter. Once the butter has melted, and the milk has been mixed completely, add in the cheddar, and the mozzarella by one handful at a time.

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Once you have added one handful, mixed until the cheese has been completely melted. Then add another handful of cheese. Continue until all cheese has been added, and all cheese is melted in the macaroni. 

Serve immediately, or you can set the Instant Pot to the “warm” setting. 

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Pasta Tips to Avoid Burn Notice

Have you ever gotten the dreaded burn notice? If you have, don’t fret! The burn notice doesn’t actually mean your food is burning. It simply means it will burn if it doesn’t get fixed. So, here are some tips to avoid it when cooking things like pasta and rice.

  • Use enough water. This recipe calls for 4 cups of water. Don’t put any less otherwise your pasta may get the burn notice.
  • Make sure water covers the pasta. You want your water to fully cover your pasta noodles.
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Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes

Try this Instant Pot Recipe if you want your Mac and Cheese Pasta to be on a next level. This will definitely love by your whole family.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound dried macaroni
  • 4 cups of chicken stock
  • 4 TBSP of butter
  • 1 TBSP of salt or garlic salt
  • 1.5 cups of whole milk
  • 12 oz shredded mild cheddar
  • 4 oz mozzarella shredded

Instructions

    In the Instant Pot, combine dried macaroni, water, and salt. 

    Place the lid on the Instant Pot, and close by twisting in place. Close the valve. Set the Instant Pot to High Pressure at 4 minutes (The Instant Pot will take about 12 minutes to come pressure).

    Once the Instant Pot finishes cooking after the 4 minutes, open the valve using something to protect your hands as the steam will be hot. Turn Instant Pot off. After the Instant Pot has released all its pressure, untwist the lid, and pull the lid off away from you. 

    Stir in the milk, and butter. Once the butter has melted, and the milk has been mixed completely, add in the cheddar, and the mozzarella by one handful at a time.

    Once you have added one handful, mixed until the cheese has been completely melted. Then add another handful of cheese. Continue until all cheese has been added, and all cheese is melted in the macaroni. 

    Serve immediately, or you can set the Instant Pot to the “warm” setting. 

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 853Total Fat: 52gSaturated Fat: 29gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 150mgSodium: 3067mgCarbohydrates: 53gFiber: 2gSugar: 10gProtein: 42g

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