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4-Minute Instant Pot Mac & Cheese

4-Minute Instant Pot Mac & Cheese - A Wandering Vine

4-Minute Instant Pot Mac & Cheese

 

Sometimes I just want something quick and easy to eat. Mac & cheese is just that, plus it’s yummy. I love it, and so do my kids. I love it even more since I discovered a way to make Instant Pot mac & cheese. No need to strain water or dirty a colander. The water absorbs into the pasta, and you can add the milk and cheese powder straight to the pot after it cooks.

4-Minute Instant Pot Mac & Cheese - A Wandering Vine

Ingredients
  • Boxed mac & cheese (I use Annie’s Homegrown)
  • Butter (per box instructions)
  • Milk (per box instructions)
  • Water
  • Salt
Directions
  1. Set the pressure cooker to saute.
  2. Add butter and melt.
  3. Add the dried pasta, a pinch of salt, and enough water to cover the pasta.
  4. Set the pressure cooker to manual (high pressure) for 4 minutes (or half of the shortest time listed on the box instructions). Annie’s recommends cooking for 8-10 minutes, so I cook for 4 minutes in the pressure cooker.
  5. Release pressure.
  6. If the pasta has too much liquid, saute until the liquid cooks down.
  7. Add milk and cheese powder.
  8. Mix well (you may have to stir a lot to break up clumps of cheese powder) and serve!

Do you have an Instant Pot? What’s your favorite thing to make in it?

Looking for more Instant Pot recipes? Check out Pressure Cooker Pork Chops, Carrots, and Potatoes.


46 Comments

  1. Amber Myers

    Oo thank you SO much for this. I love mac and cheese. I must try this!
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    1. Tiffany (Post author)

      It’s a favorite around here!

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  2. Jena Proctor

    My girls love mac and cheese, so to make it faster would be great! Thanks so much!

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    1. Tiffany (Post author)

      Can’t complain about faster! 🙂

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  3. Crystal Gard

    Mac and cheese is always in my house for those quick dinner nights. This is great

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    1. Tiffany (Post author)

      I always have it on hand 🙂
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  4. Amy Green

    I had no idea there was another way you could make macaroni and cheese! This is so much faster. I might start doing this every time. My family will get a kick out of this.

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    1. Tiffany (Post author)

      It’s the only way I make it anymore!

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  5. katrinajeancarter

    Wow very convenient on a busy night! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    1. Tiffany (Post author)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. kristina phillips

    yummy!

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  7. Bre | Maintaining Me

    This looks like a good lunch for hungry impatient kids! Thanks for this recipe!

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  8. Elizabeth O.

    That’s amazing! You had me at 4-minutes, really! My kids are all grown up now but they still come to me and ask me to cook their favorite dishes from time to time. Mac n cheese just happens to be one of those dishes! I’d love to be able to do it as quick as this!

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    1. Tiffany (Post author)

      Aw, I hope my kids do the same when they grow up <3

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  9. Carol Cassara

    A classic favorite that we all love! I like that you can do this version in just 4-minutes! That’s really quick and easy! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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  10. Jalynn roe

    Thanks for this easy recipe! Maybe I can make in bulk for the week!

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    1. Tiffany (Post author)

      Great idea!

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  11. DogVills

    Wow! This is what the kids love! Can’t wait to try this, lovely!

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  12. Olivine Eyes

    I don’t like mac & cheese, but know people who love it and will love this recipe.

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  13. Judy Thomas

    Yummy, I am going to try this.Thank you.

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  14. Nicky

    Great post! Can’t wait to try it!

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    1. Tiffany (Post author)

      Thanks! Enjoy!

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  15. Amanda

    I need to get on the insta=pot bandwagon. They look awesome!

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    1. Tiffany (Post author)

      I held off for the longest time, now I use it all the time. I try to convert every recipe to use the Instant Pot, lol.

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  16. Lynne B

    I don’t have an Instant Pot but it seems like it is a very convenient appliance.

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  17. Annie

    I like mac & cheese, I often made it while living in a college dorm. Sadly I didn’t have (Nor I do now) a pressure cooker… I guess I’ll have to invest into one..

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  18. Cathy Jarolin

    This is a quick easy way of making Mac Cheese. Mac & Cheese seems to be a favorite in alot of households..Always nice to know a quicker method~ Thank you for your tip~

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  19. Maureen

    Thank you for the tips. My go to comfort food is mac & cheese. I add in cut up Canadian Bacon a lot of the times too.

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  20. Geri Sandoval

    My granddaughters and I love Mac and Cheese as an after school snack and the faster the better for them. Sometimes they want it as soon as we walk in the the door, my now grandma can get a little faster. Thanks.

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    1. Tiffany (Post author)

      Haha, I can relate to that!

      Reply
  21. Sandra Watts

    Now that is my kind of meal. Quick and easy.

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    1. Tiffany (Post author)

      Same here!

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  22. Samantha

    This looks delish! So much better than kraft mac n cheese!

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  23. VICKIE L COUTURIER

    that looks so good,,would be good for my grandkids

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    1. Tiffany (Post author)

      Perfect for kids 🙂

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  24. Dotty J Boucher

    This is super easy and I love that its not taking all day to make some mac and cheese, I love adding peas in my mac and cheese.
    @tisonlyme143

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  25. April Monty

    Yummy we love Mac and cheese here,this looks incredibly easy and quick to make with the cooker.

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  26. Marion

    Thanks for the information and the yummy recipe.
    Marion

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    1. Tiffany (Post author)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  27. Paula K

    I really need to try this. We all love mac & cheese and now it just got easier. We like when I add a can of tuna and some fresh tomatoes. Have you ever tried that?

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    1. Tiffany (Post author)

      I haven’t tried that, but I’m not a fan of tuna. The fresh tomatoes sound good!

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  28. Teresa Kunberger

    We love mac and cheese here at my home! We add corn to ours. Its amazing!

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  29. Starla

    This looks and sounds so good! Mac and cheese has always been a huge favorite of mine. How crazy that it only takes 4 minutes!

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  30. tiffany dayton

    So easy and it looks fantastic. Love Mac and Cheese.

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  31. Ronald Gagnon

    I love mac and cheese and this is quicker, and probably tastier than Kraft Dinner…though I have a lot of that on hand

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  32. Michelle Elizondo

    I have been wanting something good.

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