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!
Kraft Macaroni and Cheese Instant Pot Recipe
This is my own post on how to make kraft macaroni and cheese in the Instant Pot. So for the most basic easy recipe, start here!
Instant Pot Bacon Mac and Cheese
This my post on making mac and cheese the more old fashioned way. And then you add bacon!
Instant Pot Chili Mac and Cheese
Chili and cheese go together wonderfully, so this Instant Pot Chili mac and cheese recipe is perfect!
Instant Pot Pizza Mac and Cheese
If you love pizza, then you should give a pizza macaroni and cheese recipe a try!
Instant Pot Cheeseburger Macaroni
Instead of a cheeseburger, make cheeseburger mac and cheese!
Easy Instant Pot Vegetarian Chili Mac
This is a great Vegetarian Instant Pot Chili Mac recipe.
Instant Pot Mac & Cheese with Lemony Garlic Breadcrumbs
This recipe is unique in that it uses lemony garlic breadcrumbs. Yum!
Instant Pot Mac and Cheese with Lentils
I love how this recipe adds red lentils to the dish. It is a great way to add fiber and extra protein.
Instant Pot White Cheddar Jack Mac N Cheese
Try making your next pressure cooker mac and cheese with white cheddar instead of the standard yellow.
Instant Pot Hamburger Mac and Cheese
Hamburger mac and cheese is a classic recipe. Here is how to make it in the Instant Pot pressure cooker.
Instant Pot Loaded Macaroni and Cheese
Why load a baked potato when you can load your mac and cheese instead!?!
Easy Mac and Cheese Recipe With Butternut Squash
This one differs from other Instant Pot macaroni and cheese recipes in that it used butternut squash a a secret ingredient! It lightens up the recipe and is more healthy.
Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese
Spice things up with this buffalo chicken macaroni and cheese recipe for the Instant Pot.
Instant Pot Jalapeño Macaroni Ham and Cheese
Spice up your next macaroni and cheese by adding jalapeno.
Instant Pot Chili Mac with Turkey
This Instant Pot chili macaroni and cheese recipe uses turkey for those of you who want a chili mac that is a bit leaner.
Instant Pot Smoked Sausage Mac and Cheese
Smoked sausage is one of my favorite additions to mac and cheese so this recipe is one that I will likely make myself soon!
Southern Style Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
This is a southern style mac and cheese recipe that adds a smoked cheese to the mix.
Copycat Shells and Cheese in the Instant Pot
This is an Instant Pot macaroni and cheese recipe that creates a creamy copycat of boxed shells and cheese recipes. But it is better because it is homemade!