Instant pot mac and cheese, made in the instant pot mini. Fun recipe for a small batch of pressure cooker macaroni and cheese!
When I first bought my instant pot mini, I thought I would only use it in the winter for comforting soups and stews. I thought of it as a replacement for my slow cooker. But I was so wrong about that!
Since summer hit, I'm using my instant pot mini all the time! I love being able to make dinner without heating up the house.
This instant pot mac and cheese is probably my daughter's favorite thing to come out of my instant pot (besides the instant pot chicken stock that I make weekly).
All of the ingredients for this instant pot mac and cheese are pictured above, except the vegetable broth.
I adapted the recipe from Epicurious, and it has a slightly strange method to it: the noodles are cooked in broth and butter at high pressure for 5 minutes, and then the rest is stirred in and allowed to melt slowly.
I happen to love this method, because as the pot comes to pressure, it gives me plenty of time to grate cheese and measure everything out. When the timer goes off, I do a forced pressure release, and dump everything in and walk away.
It's basically a hands-off side dish that is so welcome this time of year.
Reasons to love instant pot mac and cheese:
-it's all made in one pot
-it takes just 20 minutes to cook, start to finish!
-the macaroni noodles cook in broth, so if you're out of milk, you can still make this mac and cheese!
This instant pot mac and cheese recipe makes about 2-3 big bowls of macaroni and cheese. For my family of 3, we use it as a side dish two nights in a row. (My toddler hardly eats more than 5 of 6 bites of anything). We occasionally enjoy it alone with a salad and a glass of white wine! Or, sometimes we pick up barbecue from our favorite place and use this as a side dish.
For those wondering, I haven't tried to scale up this recipe for anything larger than my 3-quart Instant Pot Mini. Small-batch recipes are what I do on this site, but if you double the recipe succesfully, please let us all know; I'd love to hear about it in the comments section below! (You can also check the full-size recipe on Epicurious, from which I scaled this one down for help).
This is the instant pot mini that I use and love!
- 4 ounces (about 1 cup) macaroni noodles
- 1 cup vegetable broth
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- 4 ounces grated extra sharp cheddar
- 1 ounce (¼ cup) grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons sour cream
- In the pot of a pressure cooker or an instant pot mini, add the macaroni noodles, broth, butter and garlic powder. Give it a stir, and then clamp on the lid. Set the valve to 'SEALING.'
- Press 'PRESSURE COOK' and toggle to 'HIGH' pressure. Set the timer for 5 minutes.
- While the instant pot comes up to pressure and cooks, have all remaining ingredients pre-measured and ready to go into the pot.
- When the timer goes off, do a forced pressure release (be careful--use a towel to cover so you don't accidentally burn yourself).
- When the sealing valve drops, open the instant pot. Add all remaining ingredients (cheddar, Parmesan and sour cream), stir and let rest for 5 minutes.
- After 5 minutes the cheese should have melted and the macaroni and cheese mixture should be smooth. If not, turn on the 'KEEP WARM' function and heat until everything melts together.
- Serve immediately. Leftovers need to be reheated with a splash of milk.
I made this in the instant pot mini, but you can double the recipe both in the mini, or double it and make it in the 6 quart model, too.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 236Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 480mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 11g