Extra creamy, totally comforting and utterly delicious creamy instant pot mac and cheese takes less than 15 minutes from start to end! Plus everything made in one pot. Dump everything into your instant pot, set the timer and walk away. Fast! Easy! So GOOD! Quick dinner on a busy weeknights or lazy weekends!
Mac and cheese is for all cheese lovers American classis comfort food! Days when you want to fix something quick and want all things cheesy, this instant pot mac and cheese is all you need! Seriously dreamy, creamy, cheesy, ooey gooey – we are talking the best kind of mac and cheese made in instant pot! What if I told you, you can satisfy your cheesy craving in 10 minutes with this instant pot mac and cheese? Sounds good right?
It’s not just cheesy creamy mac and cheese but a flavor packed mac and cheese. And yes we are still keeping the flavors of amazing cheese to shine in the dish!
Kids approved! Nothing beats that! This is MY KIDS APPROVED mac and cheese instant pot recipe. But if you have a real fussy eaters at home who wouldn’t touch the food on plate even if it’s macaroni and cheese when you sneak in some extra flavors, feel free to leave out the flavors that I am going to suggest in recipe below.
I have heard of kids who wouldn’t take a bite if there is teeny weeny pepper powder in their pasta! Or let’s say nutmeg powder or even the taste of sharp cheddar taste. If that’s your family, go ahead and swap ingredients that fit your family taste or leave out any ingredients that might not suit your palate. But before you do that, I highly recommend you to give one try with all the amazing flavors added to pasta. You never know, your super fussy kid could demolish this!
Mac and cheese has an emotion connected with many. Those boxed stuffs made it to dinner plate many days and many nights. Like any mother, I hesitate to feed my kids those boxed stuffs. I’m okay with it once in a while, but not often. And like with anything and what I often say homemade is always the best. Plus you can totally customize it.
So skip the box and make this superfast, super easy instant pot mac and cheese at home. Mix and match different types of cheese, make it different each time. You’ll never get bored.
I recently joined IP bandwagon and there is no looking back since then! You can cook dishes that otherwise would take hours in just few minutes. It’s so much easy to use too. So if you haven’t bought an Instant Pot yet, I’d say it’s time you own one soon. You won’t regret it.
Let me just say this is the best one pot mac and cheese I ever made and fastest easy homemade mac and cheese I ever made. And yes, you can cook the pasta in a pot itself. Instant pot surely simplifies the task of making homemade mac and cheese. I have already made mac and cheese for my kids thrice in my Instant Pot already. It’s become out new weeknight regular. Life is easy!
The only effort you have to put in is grating the cheese. 3 different cheese. That’s it! The rest of the magic happens in the Pot. Because everyone needs a good, go-to easy homemade mac and cheese recipe.
This perfect one pot mac and cheese can be served as main course or as sides with delicious salad, choice is yours.
How to make Creamy Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
Cook-everything-in-one-pot-including-the-pasta. No draining required. You’ll have perfectly cooked pasta with the amazing flavors of cheese. Plus we are taking the flavors of this instant pot macaroni and cheese to a new level. Because we love to have as much flavor as possible in our version of easy homemade mac and cheese.
Add macaroni and pasta along with all the seasoning (if using) in Instant Pot. Close the lid set the timer to 4 minutes with “pressure cooker” setting (in old Instant Pot use manual setting).
No need to sit and keep an eye, the pot does it’s magic and you can walk off to get your cheese grated. Always grate cheese just before you want to use.
Once cooking time is up, do a manual pressure release. Be careful while manual pressure release, the pot splutters with starch content from the pasta. Open the lid, stir in cheese and evaporated milk into the pasta. Viola creamy cheesy easy homemade mac and cheese is ready!
What is the best cheese to put in your Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
It’s important to use the best combination for great mac and cheese recipe. Its important to use pungent cheeses such as
Sharp cheddar mixed with
Tips to make THE BEST Instant Pot Mac n Cheese
- Good Italian Brand Pasta – Use good Italian brand of Elbow macaroni to get the best consistency and result.
- Do not overcook pasta – you have to manual release the pressure immediately after cooking time. You will have to quick release the pressure (be careful while releasing the pressure manually, the starch will splutter through the valve, use kitchen towel and secure your hands) otherwise macaroni will over cook. Please note macaroni cooks in 3-4 minutes, but the pot takes 10 minutes to build pressure and start the cooking time.
- Cheese Mix – Use a mix of cheese that works best for you. Sharp cheddar with a mix of any white cheese is what I found to work best. Mix and match the cheese to get perfect mac and cheese.
- Fresh Grated cheese – Don’t use Pre grated cheese, as it has added flours to it to keep it from sticking and does not melt well. Always buy block cheese. Be sure to freshly grate the cheese. Fresh grated cheese gives you super creamy cheesy mac n cheese.
- Adding creamy ingredients – add all the creamy ingredients only after pasta is cooked, in the end.
- Super creamy mac n cheese – To get super creamy Instant Pot Mac and Cheese, stir in evaporated milk. Evaporated milk is real cow’s milk that has been boiled for long time so removes all water content in it and reduces to creamy texture. Adjust the amount with texture and taste.
- Flavor it up – a simple mix of spice blend of pepper powder, onion powder, garlic power, ground yellow mustard, hot sauce (if you like a mild kick) works in harmony with mac and cheese flavouring it up a little but definitely not over powering. Cheese adds saltiness to the dish, be careful when you add salt.
What to do with left over mac and cheese
With mac and cheese is best when made fresh and served fresh. But if you end up having left over mac n cheese you can refrigerate it for 24 to 48 hours. I wouldn’t recommend storing beyond that. The strachyness in the pasta will soak all the fluids and longer mac n cheese sits, harder it is going to turn.
How to reheat leftover mac and cheese
Allow pasta to sit on counter for 10 – 15 minutes after you remove from fridge. Add milk from few tablespoons to a cup depending on the texture of your pasta. Stir in and place it microwave and reheat it for a minute. Remove half way to stir it once again.
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- 1 lb Uncooked Elbow macaroni
- 4 cups water or chicken stock
- 4 tablespoon 50 grams unsalted butter
- 2 teaspoon onion powder
- 2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon ground pepper
- Salt – little adjust as per taste
- 2 teaspoon ground mustard
- 1 teaspoon hot sauce
- 2 cups Cheddar freshly grated
- 1 cup Mozzarella freshly grated
- ½ cup Parmesan freshly grated
- 1 cup evaporated milk adjust and add extra if you need
- Little parsley for garnish
- Add macaroni, water, butter, all the seasoning to instant pot. Like I said, you can play around with the flavors to find a mix that you really like. Cover lid. Set it to “pressure cook” and adjust timer to 4 minutes. If using old Instant Pot use “manual setting” to 4 minutes cooking time. Please note - Cook time allows for approximately 10 minutes for pot to come to pressure before cooking for 4 minutes. Recipe was made in 8-Qt Pot.
- While macaroni cooks in the pot, grate cheese and keep it ready.
- Once cooking time is up, turn off Instant Pot. Do a manual pressure release immediately. Use a kitchen towel to hold the pressure knob to release pressure and stay far away from pot.
- Open the lid, stir in cheese and evaporated milk into the pasta. Adjust milk quantity as per the texture. If you feel it is dry, add more milk.
- Viola creamy cheesy easy homemade mac and cheese is ready!
- Serve immediately along with salads. Or as it is!