Mac and Cheese
By :Chop Secrets
instant pot mac and cheese, mac and cheese, instant pot pasta
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instant pot mac and cheese, mac and cheese, instant pot pasta
Votes: 49
Rating: 4.41
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Servings
6 - 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 lb box elbow macaroni
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 4 cups Water
  • 2 tsp dry ground mustard
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey jack or provolone
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • salt to taste
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Servings
6 - 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 lb box elbow macaroni
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 4 cups Water
  • 2 tsp dry ground mustard
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey jack or provolone
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • salt to taste
instant pot mac and cheese, mac and cheese, instant pot pasta
Votes: 49
Rating: 4.41
Rate this recipe!
Instructions
  1. Combine the macaroni, butter, water, mustard and pepper in the Instant Pot. Secure the lid, making sure the vent is closed.
  2. Using the display panel select the MANUAL function*. Use the +/- keys and program the Instant Pot for 4 minutes.
  3. When the time is up, quick-release the pressure. If pasta is not completely cooked, use the SAUTÉ function and cook, stirring occasionally, for another 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add evaporated milk and cheeses, one at a time, stirring between each until the mixture becomes thick and creamy.
  5. Salt to taste.
Recipe Notes

*The MANUAL and PRESSURE COOK buttons are interchangeable.

48 replies
  1. Decker95
    Decker95 says:

    Very good and tasty!! Kids loved it! Will be making it again! I used fresh cheese snd grated it myself and i think that made a huge difference in the taste. Very good!

  2. vsgirard
    vsgirard says:

    Was Delicious! If you don’t have evaporated milk I found you can use 2 1/4 cup regular milk and simmer it down to 1 cup instead. It added more time ,but it was still good!!

  3. ppeterson5343
    ppeterson5343 says:

    I added some extra cheese to it and next time will cook noodles a bit longer. But overall it was really good.

  4. Vhire
    Vhire says:

    Hands down – the best recipe ive tried – including stovetop and oven baked versions. I still found the cheese a little grainy in texture – but my family loved this!

  5. Cooktonight
    Cooktonight says:

    This is the best mac and cheese I have ever tasted. The noddles had to cook for 4 minutes but it was great!!!

  6. Nfraser
    Nfraser says:

    Delicious!! Had to make a couple moderations to give it more flavour. Used chicken broth instead of water and chilli flakes. I will use this recipe and next time, ill add some cooked veggies! My family and my guest thoroughly enjoyed the dish!!

  7. Sammiehess
    Sammiehess says:

    This mac and cheese was SO GOOD! My daughter lived it and she is super picky with her mac and cheese. Will make again!

  8. Dstapleton
    Dstapleton says:

    Turned out excellent. Subbed the 4C water with 3C Thai chicken broth, 1C water, cheddar with gouda, and the parm with 1/4C cream cheese. Cooking times were spot on, no additional time needed, pasta (Catelli Smart) was perfectly cooked.

  9. EdnCy
    EdnCy says:

    This looks easy and delicious, but I prefer to use whole wheat pasta. Does anyone know if I would need to modify the recipe in any way?

  10. Ariley4
    Ariley4 says:

    This was really easy to make. Everyone loved it. The only thing I would probably change next time is to add more milk. When it was ready to eat, it only took a couple of minutes for it to get really really thick. I think more milk would allow it to be creamy for a little longer.

  11. rudiew1983@gmail.com
    rudiew1983@gmail.com says:

    I made this with gluten free pasta while camping and everyone loved it. I did not put the dried mustard in it however as i didnt have any. For sure making it again.

  12. gjenero
    gjenero says:

    Good, easy recipe.

    Two areas of improvement:
    • Consistency is a bit watery.
    • Need to add more seasoning to punch up the flavor – otherwise, it’s bland.

  13. Jjmjbanderson
    Jjmjbanderson says:

    Really tasty! I added a bit more evaporated milk for creamier texture + a bit more water for softer pasta. Kids loved it!

  14. AllyssaSmallen97
    AllyssaSmallen97 says:

    So cheesy and so easy! Only thing I would change next time is using mild cheddar instead of sharp cheddar, otherwise, totally delicious!

  15. Crthompson05
    Crthompson05 says:

    Delicious!! Even my kids who are picky eaters had seconds!! They are already asking me to make it again!

  16. Bethdog7
    Bethdog7 says:

    Easy recipe! I added some additional spices and it came out great. I used the entire can of condensed milk which was about a cup and a half, it was perfect.

  17. Lizduggan
    Lizduggan says:

    Very easy to make, I’ll definitely make it again. I did use the entire can of evaporated milk, too and it turned out perfect. I made mine with rigatoni because I didn’t have elbow mac.

  18. GrannyD
    GrannyD says:

    Halved the recipe, used chicken broth in place of water. Very good. Family loved it. Made enough for two meals even with cutting in half.

  19. michelle.hunt3
    michelle.hunt3 says:

    Cheesy and yummy! You need eat asap after cooking as it cools fast and it’s much better hot!

    Have all the ingredients measured out and ready to dump into the bowl to mix quickly.

  20. Slobi1
    Slobi1 says:

    Great recipe! I think its way too much cheese. I am going to Make it next time with one cup each and see if that works!

  21. Momof2boyz
    Momof2boyz says:

    This is wonderful! My boys call it the “Rich people Mac N Cheese” LOL! Very cheesy! I have made this twice. I substituted the water and used chicken broth. I also used a mixture of parmesan and romano cheese instead of only parmesan. It is so easy to make with only a few ingredients.

  22. Christy_H
    Christy_H says:

    Just made this and it was a HIT! We used reduced sodium chicken broth instead of water for extra flavor, and the whole can of Evaporated milk for extra smooth consistency. We will be making this again for sure!

  23. crobinson1985
    crobinson1985 says:

    Very easy and so good! I did use chicken broth instead of water and the whole can of evaporated milk. Will definitely make again!

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