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This Instant Pot Mac and Cheese recipe is the last mac and cheese recipe you will need, with only 5 ingredients it is the quickest way to creamy homemade mac and cheese.

Also, in this creamy macaroni and cheese, we swap out evaporated milk for heavy cream.

I promise you will make it this way next time and every time. As a matter of fact, you will wonder how you lived without this instant pot recipe for so long!

My easy instant pot mac and cheese recipe can easily be converted for stovetop cooking. But I never use the stovetop anymore, my pressure cooker version is way easier and better than the boxed stuff.

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Do I have to use heavy Cream in this 5 Ingredient Instant Pot Mac and Cheese?

No, you can swap out the heavy cream for regular milk like whole milk as well as 2% milk. I just find that this Instant Pot Macaroni comes out way creamier when I use the heavy cream.

This recipe, as is has so much flavor, but if you want to add a little more, you can use chicken broth instead of water. You can also use any kind of cheese you like, Just make sure that you are using shredded cheese and that it is real cheese. A few kinds of cheese I like to use to change up this easy mac and cheese recipe is.

  • medium cheddar cheese
  • sharp cheddar cheese
  • mozzarella
  • parmesan cheese
  • Monterey jack
  • Colby
  • Colby jack
  • Pepper jack
  • honestly, I can use any cheese or any combination of cheeses even cream cheese. You can just use your favorite cheese.
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Mac n cheese has always been a homemade comfort food and can honestly hold its own as a main course. And the best part is this delicious recipe is so quick and easy, that with a few couples of ingredients you have made the perfect recipe that the whole family loves!

The pasta cooks perfectly every time. My rule of thumb is to use elbow macaroni for best results, but if you do choose different pasta just set your instant pot for half of the time on the box.

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How does Kraft macaroni and cheese compare to homemade?

Before the electric pressure cooker, kraft is the go-to old-fashioned family favorite perfect mac and cheese.

But not anymore, this instant pot mac and cheese with sour cream will blow you away, and you can make it your own by adding your favorites like salt and pepper, hot sauce, parsley, and even broccoli.

What can I do to make macaroni and cheese taste better?

5 Ingredient Instant Pot Mac and Cheese is amazing without adding more ingredients… With that said I do occasionally add some things to spice it up a bit, or to add more flavor to it.

  • some crumbled blue cheese
  • garlic powder
  • garlic salt
  • hot sauce
  • whatever your hearts desire

For More Homemade Macaroni and Cheese Recipe Ideas Made In The Instant Pot, Check These Out!

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Easy Instant Pot Mac and Cheese Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese with sour cream in just 4 minutes, with 5 basic ingredients! Yes, dreams do come true, and this recipe here instantly justifies purchasing a pressure cooker! You have homemade macaroni and cheese made straight in your Instant Pot faster than a stovetop version.

Ingredients

  • 16 oz dry macaroni noodles
  • 16 ounces Colby and monetary jack blend cheese
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tbs butter

Instructions

  1. Add macaroni, butter, and 4 cups of water into your Instant Pot Inner Pot. adding elbow macaroni to instant pot inner pot The macaroni should be just covered with water.
  2. Lock the lid. locking the lid on the pressure cooker
  3. Set the pressure cook cycle on manual high for 4 minutes. Make sure the pressure valve is closed. setting 4 minuets on the instant pot
  4. At the end of the 4 minutes use the quick pressure release method. closing pressure valve on instant pot There shouldn't be much water left if it drains the water, if you let it sit a couple of minutes the rest will get soaked up.
  5. Either pour the cooked macaroni into a bowl or remove the inner pot and add the remaining ingredients.  adding sour cream to mac and cheese
  6. Stir till all the cheese is melted. stirring cheese in mac and cheese in the instant pot
  7. You can salt and pepper to taste and enjoy. using a fork to pick up instant pot mac and cheese

Notes

If you want a baked macaroni and cheese, after the last step above. Put everything into a baking dish and cover with more cheese. Bake at 400 till cheese is melted.

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Nutrition Information


Amount Per Serving Calories 341Saturated Fat 11gCholesterol 54mgSodium 246mgCarbohydrates 29gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 14g

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Monday 2nd of December 2019

I'm going to make this tonight with diced smoked sausage stirred in after the noodles are cooked.

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Wednesday 27th of November 2019

Can I use half and half instead of heavy cream?

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Wednesday 27th of November 2019

Yes

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Amazing! First recipe I cooked in my Instant Pot! How much is your serving size for the nutrition information?

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