Mac and Cheese
By :Amy Jacky
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Make this dreamy & creamy Pressure Cooker Mac and Cheese Recipe: tender macaroni in smooth, rich cheddar cheese sauce. Kid-friendly one pot meal in 35 minutes
Votes: 31
Rating: 4.1
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Course Kids
Cuisine American
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Kid-Friendly, Rice & Pastas
Duration 30-60 min
Diet Vegetarian
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Cheese, Eggs, Noodles
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
4-6 servings
Ingredients
  • 16 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 4 cups Water cold
  • 4 tablespoons butter unsalted
  • 14 ounces sharp cheddar freshly grated
  • 6 ounces mild cheddar or American cheese, freshly grated
  • kosher salt to taste
  • black pepper ground, to taste
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 12 ounces evaporated milk 1 can
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce or Frank's Hot Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon mustard ground
Course Kids
Cuisine American
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Kid-Friendly, Rice & Pastas
Duration 30-60 min
Diet Vegetarian
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Cheese, Eggs, Noodles
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
4-6 servings
Ingredients
  • 16 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 4 cups Water cold
  • 4 tablespoons butter unsalted
  • 14 ounces sharp cheddar freshly grated
  • 6 ounces mild cheddar or American cheese, freshly grated
  • kosher salt to taste
  • black pepper ground, to taste
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 12 ounces evaporated milk 1 can
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce or Frank's Hot Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon mustard ground
Votes: 31
Rating: 4.1
Rate this recipe!
Instructions
  1. Add elbow macaroni, water, and a pinch of kosher salt in the Instant Pot. Close the lid and cook at High Pressure for 4 minutes. Then, gradual quick release. There is a slight chance that a tiny amount of foam will come out with the steam. Have a towel handy. Open lid.
  2. While the macaroni is pressure cooking, in a medium mixing bowl, beat the eggs and mix in ground mustard, Sriracha, and evaporated milk. Mix well.
  3. Keep heat on low or medium low by using keep warm function. Place butter in the pressure cooked macaroni. Mix well with a silicone spatula and let the butter melt.
  4. Pour in the wet ingredients and mix well. Add grated cheese (1/3 portion at a time) and stir constantly until the cheese fully melt.
  5. If the mac and cheese is too runny, turn the heat to medium using the Sauté Less function - Click cancel, Sauté and Adjust button twice - to reduce it down.
  6. Taste and season with kosher salt and ground black pepper (likely need a couple pinches of kosher salt to brighten the dish).
  7. Mac and Cheese needs to be served piping hot, so serve immediately! Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

32 replies
  1. IPnewbie
    IPnewbie says:

    Super easy to make. My son said it was better then the box stuff. I used the small shells, made alot and was super cheesy and filling.

  2. Houtmanl
    Houtmanl says:

    Loved it! Better than the stuff I make on the stove for sure, and easier. Will definitely make again (and again and again)

  3. ShannonBender
    ShannonBender says:

    Did not taste good. I dont know if it was the combination of the cheeses or what. My kids hated it and theyve loved everything ive made in the instant pot.

  4. Jonudden
    Jonudden says:

    I’ve made mac&cheese twice in the IP, both fails, although I’ll admit tge first was a “reading” issue and got the “dosing” wrong. Was excited for this one, paid close attention to all ingredients, amounts and timing…and this recipe was revolting! Talked with other IP users and they seem to think the evaporated milk was the cause of the horrendous taste…I’ve read a couple things online saying “milk” does not fare well in the IP. But i see all the rave reviews…was it me or the milk????

  5. Ashelburn
    Ashelburn says:

    This is the second time I attempted mac n cheese in the IP, and it was so delicious! My one year old loved it and ate two bowls! I tweaked the recipe and left out the eggs and used heavy cream instead of evaporated milk. Delicious! Thank you!

  6. Lauraallen9
    Lauraallen9 says:

    This was the first time I made this dish. I was worried the noodles would be mushy – not at all. Great flavor and consistency. I’m looking forward to making this again and playing around with different kinda of cheeses.

  7. Krystle K.
    Krystle K. says:

    This was a BIG hit with the 3 toddlers and 4 adults who had this on a playdate – a lot of recipes don’t have enough flavour but this was delicious, even though I got tired of grating and only did 12oz cheddar, 1oz parmesan and also just used regular milk instead of evaporated. So yummy and easy!

  8. RobertaGoodman
    RobertaGoodman says:

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  9. Boogs
    Boogs says:

    Pretty good. Next time around I’ll skip the Saracha and use less Mustard. This recipe needed a little something extra so I added a dollup of Salsa and it was fantastic.

  10. AMDsn
    AMDsn says:

    It didn’t work, actually, it burned my Instant Pot. It was not just my first recipe, but that was my first use of the pot 🙁

  11. VictoriaM
    VictoriaM says:

    Didn’t try it yet but it sound delish! I HATE mustard though and why would you need it?

  12. mbethoney@gmail.com
    mbethoney@gmail.com says:

    It was super easy to make. The kids like it…and that’s all that matters! 🙂

  13. Bunkerbabe
    Bunkerbabe says:

    Awesome! It would have been even better had Iadded the dry mustard and sirachia but I was sharing with my 97 year old MIL, so had to be fair lol! Would definitely make this again!

  14. MoLLiy
    MoLLiy says:

    Used heavy cream in place of evaporated milk. Everyone loved it. Something was missing can’t figure out what though. I’ll have to experiment with it.

  15. Militaryangel84
    Militaryangel84 says:

    I made this, omitted the eggs, used 1% milk, added 3/4 cup sour cream. And added nature’s seasoning for added flavor. Amazing!

  16. Devans2013
    Devans2013 says:

    I see the wet mixture (incld the eggs) are added after the cooked noodles. Do the eggs cook? I dont want to be eating raw egg. Anyone have issues with adding the eggs afterwards while mixing in the cheese?

  17. ggaul
    ggaul says:

    My husband liked it but i thought it too runny and blah. I used part half and half and sauteed it to try and cook the eggs.

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