This creamy, smoky, flavorful Instant Pot mac and cheese recipe turns all of the creamy, mouthwatering goodness of traditional baked mac and cheese into a quick weeknight dinner.
Course: Main Course
Author: Cardamom & Coconut
12ozevaporated milk(1 can)
4ozAmerican or monterey jack cheese
4ozsmoked cheddar cheese
Add the water to the instant pot stainless steel pan, then add the butter, macaroni, cream cheese, salt, mustard, and cayenne in that order. Do not stir. Lock the lid in place and close the pressure release valve.
Press the “Pressure Cook” button until it shows “Normal” to pressure cook on high and then click on the +/- buttons until you’re at 6 minutes.
When done, turn off the Instant Pot and quick release the pressure. Remove the lid carefully, allowing the steam to escape away from you. The macaroni will likely be stuck together and slightly underdone - this is completely normal.
Press the “Sauté” button until it’s on “More” to sauté on high. Add in the can of evaporated milk and mix together all of the ingredients until the milk has thickened a bit and the macaroni is the right consistency, about 3-5 minutes.
Turn off the Instant Pot and stir in the Parmesan cheese, American cheese, and smoked cheddar in about 5 batches until the cheese has melted and the sauce is smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Note: You can substitute other cheeses, just get to 8-10 oz of cheese in total. Other combinations I’ve tried is 4 oz sharp cheddar with 6 oz Monterey jack and 6 oz sharp cheddar with 4 oz smoked Gouda.