If you know me, you know that I LOVE the Instant Pot. Love it. I use them (yes, I have two) pretty much every single day.
Cookie is the pickiest eater I have ever known. One of the few things she actually likes is macaroni and cheese. I like to make real macaroni and cheese but honestly I don’t always have the time even for the IP. Now I have figured out how to make boxed mac and cheese (yes I admit to using the blue box) in the Instant Pot. Fast, easy, and will actually be eaten. Plus I have a trick to fixing the clumpy noodles you usually get when you cook them in the IP.
First picture is immediately after I opened the IP; second picture is before stirring – the noodles are all clumpy so I pull out my trusty whisk; third picture looks good enough to eat!
IP Boxed Mac and Cheese
1 1/2 cups water
4 Tbsp milk
2 Tbsp butter
1 box macaroni and cheese
Put water and milk into the liner pot.
Stir in the noodles then put in your butter and cheese powder.
Close the lid, make the the vent is on sealing, and select Manual or Pressure Cook, and set the time for 5 minutes (at sea level you can probably do 4 minutes).
When time’s up, let it release pressure naturally for about 4 minutes and then quick release the remaining pressure. Any sooner than that, and you’ll end up with cheese powder particles coming out of the vent. Or so I’ve heard…ahem.
Now here’s my trick to breaking up the noodles. When the pressure is fully released, open the lid. Don’t worry about the cheesy part just sitting on the top, we’re going to get it all mixed it. Grab your whisk and go to town on those noodles. Don’t stir with a spoon because you’ll won’t be able to separate the macaroni.
Serve and enjoy!
Believe it or not, it is faster than the stove top. I know this because I did a test. One box of mac and cheese on the stove top and one on the IP. I actually put the water on to boil on the stove top first and then threw the ingredients in the Instant Pot. The IP was done about 2 minutes before the stove top was done. But the best part? I didn’t have water boiling over on the stove and I didn’t have to watch and stir anything. Win, win, win!