Ditch the box! Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese

If you are craving Mac N Cheese but you don’t have a box, I have a solution for you! But not only is this a solution… it should be your new GO-TO for Mac N Cheese! Totally tailorable (meaning, you can use Gluten Free noodles or a variety of cheeses), totally amazing!!!! But you don’t have to believe me until you try it yourself! And you should try it!

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb of pasta (shells, elbows, rotini, etc)
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4oz of cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (cheddar, jack, pepperjack, etc)
  • ½ – ¾ cup milk of your choice (heavy cream, half/half, milk)

Optional add-ins

  • Cooked peas or other veggie
  • Tuna or cooked chicken

Directions: 

  • Place pasta, salt, and water in your instant pot. Stir well and seal the pot. 
  • Set your timer for 3 minutes on high pressure.
  • At the end of three minutes, release the pressure manually and remove the lid.
  • Add in your softened cream cheese and mix until it’s melted and mostly combined.
  • Add in your shredded cheese and mix until melted. 
  • At this point, decide if you need any additional milk to make the mac creamier. Some noodles will require it, some will not.
  • Mix in any add-ins and serve immediately.

Mix-in ideas:

  • Add Frank’s Red Hot and crumbled crotons to make a buffalo mac.
  • Add Sriracha or other chili paste for a quick kick!

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