There are many, many Instant Pot macaroni and cheese recipes out there. So how do you wade through them and find the best and most unique mac and cheese recipes and the best Instant pot mac and cheese recipes? Well, how about this round up!
I asked fellow bloggers to share their best instant pot macaroni and cheese recipe with a focus on recipes that went beyond simple instructions for making mac and cheese. I also included my two basic Instant Pot mac and cheese recipes.
Making an Instant Pot Mac and Cheese Recipe Unique
You can dress up macaroni and cheese is multiple ways using a basic recipe. Try adding any combination of the following to any base recipe to create a more gourmet macaroni and cheese.
- Hot dogs
- Hot sauce
- Any vegetables
- Shredded pork or
- Salmon or other fish
You get the idea. The list is endless. If you are having a hard time thinking up some good combinations, then just take a look a the list of pressure cooker macaroni and cheese recipes below. There are some fun and unique ones there for you to try.
How to Make Mac and Cheese Creamier
A few things you can try for creamier macaroni and cheese is to use cream instead of milk, add sour cream or cream cheese, and cook in a broth instead of water. Note with the Instant Pot though that cream does not hold up sell under pressure, so add it after cooking!
How to Make Baked Macaroni and Cheese
If you want to spice up your Instant Pot mac and cheese even more, try transferring it to a baking dish when it is done, sprinkling some cheese on top, and baking it! You can bake at 350 for about 15 minutes or simply set the broiler and take it out when the cheese is starting to brown. Or, pop it in your Instant Vortex or Instant Omni air fryer!
Avoiding Burn Notices with Pasta
To avoid the macaroni sticking to the pressure cooker and causing a burn notice, do not stir in your pasta. Put all liquids in first and then pour the pasta on top. Pasta also sometimes causes foam when doing a quick release. You can pulse the release valve with a spoon handle to help avoid a mess if you find that your pasta dishes are foaming up.
So, with those things in mind, enjoy these recipes!
Instant Pot Duo Crisp and Ninja Foodi Mac and Cheese
A tasty baked mac and cheese made in the Instant Pot Duo Crisp that can also be made in the Instant Pot and finished in the oven, or use a Mealthy crisp lid or Ninja Foodi.
Instant Pot Mac & Cheese with Lemony Garlic Breadcrumbs
This recipe is unique in that it uses lemony garlic breadcrumbs. Yum!