Instant Pot Macaroni & Cheese

Instant Pot Macaroni & Cheese - Homemade mac and cheese is beyond easy in the Instant Pot!  This will surely become a family favorite! | tastythin.com

Instant Pot Macaroni & Cheese – Homemade mac and cheese is beyond easy in the Instant Pot!  Quick and comforting, this dish is ready in under 10 minutes!

I’m still discovering all the things my Instant Pot can do!  If you’re wondering about the benefits of the Instant Pot, here is a big one…homemade, from-scratch recipes (including pasta) can be made in a fraction of the time.  Yes!! 

This recipe is 100% for my kids who are huge mac and cheese fans.  In the same amount of time to make a box mix, this cheesy, creamy macaroni was ready to go!  Under 10 minutes to be precise, and with no powdered cheese, additives, or artificial colors.  Just pasta, milk, butter, reduced fat cheese, and Dijon mustard for some depth of flavor.  I love using coconut milk here but regular milk or almond milk could be substituted. 

I went with the curly-q cavatappi noodles for fun, but feel free to use your favorite shapes. To keep it within clean eating guidelines, whole wheat pasta is the way to go.  This was a huge hit and I’m looking forward to trying out other versions by adding some veggies and different sauces.  Yum!

Looking for more family friendly Instant Pot recipes?  Check out these popular posts for more inspiration (which also happen to be Whole30/Paleo approved)…Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs, Hamburger Soup, and Chicken Tikka Masala

 

Instant Pot Macaroni & Cheese - Homemade mac and cheese is beyond easy in the Instant Pot!  This will surely become a family favorite! | tastythin.com

Instant Pot Macaroni & Cheese
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

Instant Pot Macaroni & Cheese - Homemade mac and cheese is beyond easy in the Instant Pot!  Quick and comforting, this dish is ready in under 10 minutes!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 334 kcal
Ingredients
  • 16 oz box cavatappi pasta (or pasta of your choice)
  • 4 1/2 cups water or broth (I used half water, half chicken broth)
  • 3 tablespoon butter, cubed
  • 3/4 cup lite coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 2 cups reduced fat cheddar
Instructions
  1. Place pasta, water, and butter in the Instant Pot.  If pasta isn't completely covered, add more liquid.  Seal lid and cook on manual setting for 4 minutes.

  2. When cycle is complete, quick release pressure and unlock the lid.  Stir in coconut milk, mustard, and cheese.  Stir until combined well and cheese is completely melted.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Macaroni & Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 334 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 276mg 12%
Potassium 259mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 45g 15%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 17g 34%
Vitamin A 3.8%
Calcium 13.6%
Iron 6.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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