Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

Pressure Cooker Mac and Cheese Recipe: Make this kid-friendly one pot meal in 35 mins! Tender macaroni in smooth, creamy, rich cheddar cheese sauce.

Make this dreamy & creamy Instant Pot Mac and Cheese (Pressure Cooker Mac and Cheese). Imagine a spoonful of tender macaroni immersed in a smooth, gooey, & rich cheddar cheese sauce.

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If you’ve never tried a classic Macaroni and Cheese made from scratch, you’re seriously missing out.

Save the blue box for emergencies and make this dreamy Pressure Cooker Mac and Cheese.

Say YES to this kid-friendly classic comfort food!

You’ll Enjoy Instant Pot Mac and Cheese Because:

  • Easy to make with simple ingredients
  • Kid-friendly!
  • Creamy, smooth mac and cheese packed with rich umami deliciousness

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese is Great for:

  • After-school snack, lunch, easy one pot meal…
  • Side dish for holiday dinners, gatherings, entertaining guests…
  • Big batch for birthday parties, potlucks…
  • Comfort food = anytime, any day 😉Pressure Cooker Mac and Cheese Recipe: Make this kid-friendly one pot meal in 35 mins! Tender macaroni in smooth, creamy, rich cheddar cheese sauce.

    Let’s start cooking!

Tools for Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

Preparation
Grate the Cheese


I know this is a lot of cheese – just treat it as a mini workout.

The glorious cheese will be worth it. I promise 😉

Pressure Cooker Mac and Cheese Recipe Ingredients

1

Pressure Cook Elbow Macaroni


Add the elbow macaroni, water, kosher salt in the pressure cooker.

Pressure Cooking Method: High Pressure for 4 minutes, then Gradual Quick Release

*Note: Have a towel handy – there’s a slight chance that a tiny amount of foam will come out with the steam.

Pressure Cooker Mac and Cheese Recipe: Step 1 Pressure Cook Mac and Cheese

2

Mix Wet Ingredients


In a medium mixing bowl, beat the eggs and mix in the ground mustard, Sriracha, and evaporated milk. Mix well.

*Note: Take this step while the macaroni is pressure cooking.

Pressure Cooker Mac and Cheese Recipe: Step 2 Mix Wet Ingredients

3

Make Mac & Cheese


Keep heat on low or medium low (Tatung Pressure Cooker or Instant Pot: use Keep Warm function).

Give it a quick stir and see if there is excessive liquid in the pot. Drain if necessary.

Place unsalted butter in the pressure cooked macaroni.

Mix well with a Silicone Spatula and let the butter melt.

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.

*Note: If the Mac and Cheese is too runny, turn the heat to medium to reduce it down.

  • Tatung Pressure Cooker: Click cancel and click on meat.
  • Instant Pot: Use Sauté Less function – Click cancel, Sauté and Adjust button twice

Pressure Cooker Mac and Cheese Recipe: Step 3 Make the Mac and Cheese

4

Taste & Season


You will likely need a couple pinches of kosher salt to brighten the dish.

5

Serve Instant Pot Mac and Cheese


For best tasting experience, eat immediately!

Or the smooth & creamy cheese will cool and harden as it sits in room temperature.

Pressure Cooker Mac and Cheese Recipe: Make this kid-friendly one pot meal in 35 mins! Tender macaroni in smooth, creamy, rich cheddar cheese sauce.

Cooking Tips for Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

1. How to Avoid Graininess in Macaroni and Cheese?

  • Freshly Grated Cheese: Use freshly grated cheese instead of pre-shredded cheese. Yes, it’ll be more work – but it’ll be worth it 🙂 Pre-shredded cheese contains cellulose powder that doesn’t break down nor allows smooth melting.
  • American Cheese: Replace mild cheddar with American cheese. American cheese acts as an emulsifier to ensure a smooth finish.
  • Low Heat: Use low heat to melt the cheese, as high temperature may cause lumps in the cheese sauce.

2. Is the Mac and Cheese Spicy?

Don’t worry! 🙂 This Dreamy Instant Pot Mac and Cheese Recipe has been loved by many kids and it’s not spicy at all! The Sriracha serves to balance the overall flavor of the dish.

3. Which Hot Sauce to Use?

4. How to Reheat Leftover Mac and Cheese?

  • Place macaroni and cheese in a cold pan, pour in some milk and reheat over low heat.
  • Stir constantly with a silicone spatula. Then, enjoy the yumminess all over again!

5. Is it Hot Enough to Cook the Eggs?

Egg pasteurization starts at 140°F and keeping them at that temperature for three and a half minutes will kill any bacteria. The full pot of Pressure Cooker Mac and Cheese should be between 158°F – 170°F and the eggs will be fully cooked and pasteurized in it! 🙂

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Pressure Cooker Mac and Cheese Recipe: Make this kid-friendly one pot meal in 35 mins! Tender macaroni in smooth, creamy, rich cheddar cheese sauce.

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

Make this dreamy & creamy Instant Pot Mac and Cheese: tender macaroni in smooth, rich cheddar cheese sauce. Kid-friendly one pot meal in 35 mins!
4.97 from 30 votes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 - 6
Calories: 621kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound (454g) elbow macaroni
  • 4 cups (1L) cold water
  • 4 tablespoons (60g) unsalted butter
  • 14 ounces (397g) sharp cheddar , freshly grated
  • 6 ounces (170g) mild cheddar or American cheese , freshly grated
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper

Wet Ingredients

Instructions

  • Pressure Cook Elbow Macaroni: Add 1lb (454g) elbow macaroni, 4 cups (1L) cold water, and a pinch of kosher salt in Instant Pot pressure cooker.
    Close the lid, then turn Venting Knob to Sealing Position. Pressure cook at High Pressure for 4 minutes, then Gradual Quick Release. Carefully open the lid.
    *Pro Tip: There is a slight chance that a tiny amount of foam will come out with the steam. Have a towel handy.
  • Mix Wet Ingredients: While the macaroni is pressure cooking, mix the wet ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Beat 2 large eggs, then mix in 1 tsp ground mustard, 1 tsp Sriracha, and 12 ounces evaporated milk. Mix well.
  • Make Mac & Cheese: Keep heat on low or medium low (Instant Pot: use keep warm function). Give it a quick stir and see if there is excessive liquid in the pot. Drain if necessary.
    Place 4 tbsp unsalted butter in the pressure cooked macaroni. Mix well with a silicone spatula and let the butter melt. Pour in the wet ingredients and mix well. Add grated cheese (⅓ portion at a time) and stir constantly until the cheese fully melt.
    *Pro Tip: If the mac and cheese is too runny, turn the heat to medium (Instant Pot: use Sauté Less function) to reduce it down.
  • Taste & Season: Taste and season with kosher salt and ground black pepper (likely need a couple Pinches of kosher salt to brighten the dish).
  • Serve: Mac and Cheese needs to be served piping hot, so serve immediately. Enjoy~

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Recipe Notes:

1) How to Avoid Graininess in Macaroni and Cheese?
  • Use Freshly Grated Cheese
  • Use American Cheese to ensure a smooth finish.
  • Use Low Heat to melt the cheese
See above Cooking Tips.
2) Is the Mac and Cheese Spicy? This Mac and Cheese Recipe has been loved by many kids and it’s not spicy at all! The Sriracha serves to balance the overall flavor of the dish.
3) Is it Hot Enough to Cook the Eggs? Egg pasteurization starts at 140°F and keeping them at that temperature for three and a half minutes will kill any bacteria. The full pot of Mac and Cheese should be between 158°F – 170°F and the eggs will be fully cooked and pasteurized in it! 
*Rate Recipe: If you've tried the recipe, don't forget to Rate the Recipe in the Comments Section. Thank you!

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 621kcal (31%)Carbohydrates: 48g (16%)Protein: 29g (58%)Fat: 34g (52%)Saturated Fat: 21g (131%)Cholesterol: 143mg (48%)Sodium: 511mg (22%)Potassium: 340mg (10%)Fiber: 2g (8%)Sugar: 6g (7%)Vitamin A: 1046IU (21%)Vitamin C: 1mg (1%)Calcium: 645mg (65%)Iron: 2mg (11%)
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Course: Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: instant pot mac and cheese, pressure cooker mac and cheese

This recipe is inspired by the Macaroni and Cheese Recipe from the cookbook – The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science by J. KENJI LÓPEZ-ALT. His work & dedication to food truly inspires us.

Upgrade your Instant Pot Mac and Cheese with this Instant Pot Loaded Mac and Cheese!

Loaded Instant Pot Mac and Cheese Recipe: Piping hot elbow macaroni swimming in creamy cheddar cheese sauce. Sprinkled with buttery toasted golden breadcrumbs, smoky crispy bacon bits, and crunchy scallions. Indulge in this ultimate kid-friendly comfort food.

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Pressure Cooker Mac and Cheese Recipe: Make this kid-friendly one pot meal in 35 mins! Tender macaroni in smooth, creamy, rich cheddar cheese sauce.
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