Weeknight Mac and Cheese
By :101 Things To Do In An Instant Pot CB
Macaroni and Cheese
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Macaroni and Cheese
Votes: 14
Rating: 4
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Servings
4-6 servings
Ingredients
  • 16 ounces elbow macaroni uncooked
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cups Water
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 12 ounces evaporated milk 1 can
  • 8 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese grated
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Servings
4-6 servings
Ingredients
  • 16 ounces elbow macaroni uncooked
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cups Water
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 12 ounces evaporated milk 1 can
  • 8 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese grated
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated
Macaroni and Cheese
Votes: 14
Rating: 4
Rate this recipe!
Instructions
  1. Add macaroni, butter, water, and salt to Instant Pot®. Place lid on pot and lock into place to seal. Pressure Cook on High Pressure for 4 minutes. Use Quick Pressure Release. Stir milk into macaroni and then stir in the cheeses until melted and combined.
25 replies
  1. ckfenimore
    ckfenimore says:

    Good, basic, quick mac and cheese! Followed the recipe pretty closely and it came out at a nice, thick, consistency. I used a 8oz of Mexican cheese blend and remnants of a shredded cheddar cheese bag, and it was delicious!

  2. Sharons pot luck
    Sharons pot luck says:

    I made this recipe the steam spit out everywhere it’s going back to the store…. I think this pot could be extremely dangerous!

  3. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    Hi Sharon,

    The Instant Pot has 10 safety features and when following the safeguards as instructed is perfectly safe an used by millions around the world.

    Steam releasing out the sides means the unit isn’t sealed properly and is typically caused by your sealing ring not being in place. If a proper seal is not made the pressure will not rise to operational pressure. It would be similar to steam escaping from a stove pot.

  4. darzan
    darzan says:

    Hi! Can I follow this recipe’s instructions exactly as written with the substitution of Gluten Free pasta?

  5. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    Hi Darzan,

    No, typically glutenFree pasta has a shorter cooking time and is more delicate.

    I would reduce cooking time and cook on low pressure. Typically you would look on the cooking instructions of the noodles you purchased and reduce the cooking time by 50%. If pressure cooking time is above the 50% reduced cook time than it will be overcooked.

  6. Kdrite
    Kdrite says:

    I used shells and extra cheese and it turned out great. It was “soupy” and some of the shells weren’t cooked, but the sauce thickened as it cooled…allowing the shells to finish cooking. Will definitely make again!

  7. naa1211
    naa1211 says:

    I ended up draining a bit of water out before mixing in the milk & cheeses. It came out really yummy, just a bit heavy for my taste. #ToddlerApproved

  8. Tyx2
    Tyx2 says:

    When releasing stearm it sprayed a buttery steam everywhere… Not too much water and too much salt dial the water back 1 cup and half the salt.

  9. peilarkin
    peilarkin says:

    If i do make this again I will let the pressure release naturally for a few minutes. It made a huge mess doing it the quick way. Also there was way too much water in the pot, it was more like pasta soup than mac and cheese

  10. John
    John says:

    This recipe is a Joke! I ended up with a big buttery, watery MESS! I Followed the instructions verbatam and it was so watery I threw it out. Common sense tells me to drain the water before adding the last ingredients but the instructions say NOTHING about that. It just says add the milk & cheese. What a waste of food!

  11. Aldfam23
    Aldfam23 says:

    My family LOVED this recipe…even my kids who don’t like anything but the “blue box”. Recipe should say to drain macaroni noodles before adding milk and cheese.

  12. Lori
    Lori says:

    @aldfam23 that was such a nice way to put your suggestion. Don’t know why people feel the need to be snarky. Thanks for the tip!

  13. Dannysmom
    Dannysmom says:

    I have made this many times, it’s great. You have to let it sit a few minutes after you add the cheese. It will thicken! I didnt have condensed milk one time so I used half & half. I have not used the condensed milk since. I have experimented with different cheeses and spices. Yummy!

  14. Shelli Runnels
    Shelli Runnels says:

    Followed directions. Notice it does not tell you to drain pasta. Drained pasta and added milk/cheese. Very soupy.

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