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Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese

Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese makes homemade mac and cheese easy. Throw out that box and make it homemade! 

Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese

Homemade macaroni and cheese is so easy to make in the Instant Pot. If you have have never made mac and cheese in your Instant Pot, you need to try it. 

This recipe is an easy five ingredient recipe. It makes homemade macaroni and cheese so easy. You may never eat the boxed kind again. 

Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

One of the great things about macaroni and cheese is that it can be a main dish or a side dish. 

Growing up macaroni and cheese was always a main dish. It was the meal. We might have some fruit or vegetables on the side, but the mac and cheese was the main part of the meal. 

It wasn’t until I moved to Oklahoma that I realized that many people eat it as a side dish. I had no idea that people in Oklahoma and in the southern part of the U.S. consider it as a side dish. 

In Oklahoma you often see it as a side dish to BBQ, hamburgers, chicken, and even at Thanksgiving. 

My favorite way to serve it is as a main dish because it is an inexpensive filling main dish to serve. Add some fruit or a salad and you have a simple meal that kids and adults love. 

Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

There are so many ways to cook macaroni and cheese.

I have an easy stove top macaroni and cheese and a super simple rice cooker macaroni and cheese. But this macaroni and cheese is becoming my new favorite. 

I have seen quite a few versions for making macaroni and cheese in the Instant Pot, but since we love my rice cooker macaroni and cheese, I decided to just take that basic recipe and adapt it for the Instant Pot. 

The results were delicious!

My secret for the best Instant Pot macaroni and cheese is an ingredient that most recipes don’t have, but I think adds a ton of flavor. I use it in my rice cooker mac and cheese and it also works well in this recipe. 

Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese

What do I need to make Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese? 

  • macaroni or gluten free macaroni
  • chicken broth
  • milk
  • cheese 
  • butter

Can I make Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese with gluten free pasta? 

Yes, you can make it with gluten free pasta. I have make it with gluten free pasta all the time and it works great. 

What Instant Pot do I use? 

This is the Instant Pot that I have. I love it! 

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

Yield: 6 servings

Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese

Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese

Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese makes homemade mac and cheese easy.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 can (14 ounce) chicken broth
  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni, use gf pasta for a gluten free version
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese ( I like a cheddar/jack blend)
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Instructions

  1. Place macaroni and broth in the Instant Pot.
  2. Place the lid on. Lock in place and set to sealing.
  3. Cook for 5 minutes using the manual setting.
  4. Quick release the steam.
  5. Stir in the milk, cheese, and butter.
  6. Stir until combined and the cheese and butter are melted. I like to place the lid back on for a couple of minutes to help the cheese melt and the pasta thicken slightly, but you don't have to do this.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

You can use water in place of the chicken broth, but the chicken broth gives it a lot of extra flavor that we love.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 296Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 335mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 14g
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Comments

  1. I don’t have an instant pot, but the recipe sounds delicious & I could use it to make macaroni & cheese the regular way. Cooking the macaroni in chicken broth instead of water would give it a good flavor!

    • Yes you could use chicken broth instead of water or in place of part of the water in a regular homemade mac and cheese. The chicken broth adds a lot of flavor. And I love my Instant Pot, but it certainly isn’t a necessity.

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