Instant Pot Boxed Mac and Cheese Recipe
Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4-6
The Instant Pot is a fast and easy way to cook up boxed mac and cheese! Here's exactly how to do it. These instructions are for an 8 quart instant pot.
  • 2 (7.25 ounces each) boxes of macaroni and cheese
  • 3 cups water
  • ¾-1 cup milk
  • 4-6 tablespoons butter
  1. Place the noodles from both boxes into the Instant Pot. Pour 3 cups of water over the top.
  2. Secure lid. Set valve to sealing. Turn to High pressure and put the time at 4 minutes.
  3. After the 4 minutes are up, do a quick release and turn the pot off.
  4. Remove lid and use a wooden spoon to break up the noodle clumps. (It's okay if there is extra water, the noodles will continue to absorb it.)
  5. Pour ¾ cup milk over the noodles and add however much butter you'd like (between 4 and 6 tablespoons). Sprinkle the cheese powder from both boxes over the mixture. Stir everything until combined.
  6. Add additional milk if needed.
If there is too much liquid (I've not had this problem following these steps), turn the pot to sauté and cook and stir a few minutes until the excess liquid is absorbed.

If you'd like to stir in any additional ingredients (as talked about in the post) do so after the final step and set to sauté and stir if needed to heat through.
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