Easy Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

Easy Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

Make this easy Instant Pot Mac and Cheese in minutes! It's creamy and delicious ... total comfort food!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Calories: 626kcal
Author: Ginnie

Ingredients

  • 1 pound rotini (or other pasta shape, such as macaroni)
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons butter, cut into cubes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • dash or two of cayenne
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, cubed
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 8 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese (about 2 cups)
  • 4 ounces shredded Monterey Jack cheese (about 1 cup)
  • pepper
  • minced green onions, optional

Instructions

  • Add pasta, water, butter, salt, paprika, garlic powder, and cayenne to Instant Pot; mix.
  • Secure lid and set pressure release valve to sealing. Select Pressure Cook (or Manual) button, then set to High Pressure for 4 minutes.
  • When time is up, do a Quick Release, then open lid.
  • Stir in cream cheese until pasta is coated.
  • Add milk, cheddar, and Monterey Jack to pot. Stir until smooth, then season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Serve Mac and Cheese immediately, sprinkled with green onions, if desired. Enjoy!

Notes

Stovetop Directions: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, then add pasta and cook until al dente. Drain Pasta, then return to pot. Stir in butter, cream cheese, paprika, garlic powder, and cayenne (skip salt for now). Then, mix in milk, cheddar, and Monterey Jack cheese until smooth. (Add more milk, if needed.) Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Nutrition

Calories: 626kcal
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