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Easy & Oh So Delicious Homemade Mac and Cheese


Pressure Cooker Mac and Cheese

Do you own an Instant Pot pressure cooker? I’m guessing many of you do as we’ve posted quite a few pressure cooker deals here on Hip2Save. If you’re looking for some quick and easy recipe ideas, consider trying this outstanding homemade Macaroni and Cheese recipe that can be made in under 30 minutes using evaporated milk to make it thick and creamy. The results are cheesy, flavorful, and super delicious!
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Pressure Cooker Mac and Cheese

Adapted from DadCooksDinner.com

1lb. Elbow Macaroni
2 Tablespoons Butter
4 Cups water
1 Tablespoon Mustard
1 Teaspoon Tabasco Sauce
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
12 oz. Can Evaporated Milk
3 Cups (12 oz.) Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
3/4 cup (3 oz.) Parmesan Cheese, shredded

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
Directions: Combine water, pasta, mustard, Tabasco, butter, and salt in the pressure cooker, and stir. Lock the lid and set for 4 minutes on manual mode (high pressure). Do a quick release after cook time is done, and remove lid. The water will be absorbed into the pasta.

Keep the pot in warm mode and stir in evaporated milk. Stir in the cheese a cup at a time. If you prefer toasted breadcrumbs on top (my kids are not fans), just pour mac and cheese in an oven safe casserole dish, top with bread crumbs, and toast in the oven using broiler. Serves 6-8.

Note: The actual cooking time is closer to 20 minutes, because it takes time for the machine to come to pressure and then it cooks. I still feel like it’s easier and more convenient than boiling water on the stove, but if you don’t have a pressure cooker, you can cook your noodles on the stove first and then follow the rest of the instructions.
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My family loved this recipe! Also, I’d like to share that I’ve learned a lot and gained some valuable insight and cooking tips from the Instant Pot community on Facebook. It’s a helpful group to join if you’re new to pressure cooking and/or looking for inspiration! In fact, this recipe gets rave reviews and is very popular among members. Enjoy!

Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.

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Comments 39

  1. Brindha

    Looks yummy Lina….Thanks, will try soon.

  2. Lilia

    My kids love mac n cheese, definitely will try it. Thanx

  3. karen

    Any good recipes similar to this for the slow cocker? Don’t own a pressure cocker.

    • Bremoeller

      You can actually put all these same ingredients in s slow cooker on low for 2-3 hours and get the same result.

      • Kimberly

        Thank you. I don’t have pressure cooker. Last thing I want to do is add more appliances. LOL

    • rob

      I’ve made Trisha Yearwood’s slow cooker mac n cheese that was really good. Hth

  4. Mel

    Looks oh so yummy. Now I want mac & cheese 😀

  5. karen

    Any good recipes similar to this one for the slow cocker? Don’t own a pressure cocker.

    • jennifer

      Slow cocker! Lol, thanks I needed that little chuckle!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yes I haven’t tried yet – but the common slow cooker directions I found online are 3 hours on low, but with 1.5-2 cups milk plus the can of evaporated milk instead of water in this recipe. Hope that helps!

  6. Heather C.

    Looks SO yummy!

  7. Pat

    Does it have to be an “instant” pressure cooker (whatever that is). I have a stovetop one.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      No, you can use your pressure cooker! Thanks Pat

  8. Melloddie

    Some bacon crumbs to top that if would be great 😆

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Ah yes bacon is always a great idea! Thanks 👌🏻

  9. Holly

    I washed my new Instapot tonight, and made this. Although it would have just been easier to cook the noodles on the stove, I got used to handling the Instapot. I didn’t even hear it cooking! As with all pressure cookers, follow the instructions carefully. It was delicious!

  10. Angela

    Do you cook macaroni first?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      If using a pressure cooker – no. It’s awesome how it just absorbs the water and cooks noodles!

  11. Angela

    Thank You Lina!

  12. Sue

    I can get crunchy topping using a slow cooker. Top with breadcrumb/butter mix & put a paper towel across top of lid to collect moisture so they don’t get soggy.

  13. Alison

    This recipe was just delicious, Lina! Thank you for sharing it. One request…more Instant Pot recipes….:) Pretty please and thank you!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      That’s great news! Thanks for the feedback.

  14. browniesmomma

    How about some recipes for a stove top pressure cooker? Got one last year & still haven’t used it yet…

  15. Pat

    Your recipe says it’s for pressure cooker, yet your instructions are for the instant pot, which is different than a regular stove top pressure cooker. Wish I could try the recipes, but would want an actual pressure cooker recipe, not an electric instant pot recipe.

    • Mel

      the time is the same making this recipe for a stove top pressure cooker. My MIL had quite a few handwritten recipes for her stove top pressure cooker and have not had an issue converting/cooking those same recipes in my electric pressure cooker.

      • Pat

        Thanks, will try it!

  16. Courtney

    My three year old loved this so much he ran from the table to hug me ‘Mmmmm, so yum yum momma!’

  17. ds

    YUM this looks soo good i love mac and cheese i can eat that any hour of the day all day long!!!

  18. Shirl

    Yes, yes, yes! Thank you!

  19. Deb

    Thanks! been looking for a homemade mac and cheese recipe (that tastes good) I will have to see how gluten free noodles do in a pressure cooker. They are very “picky” regarding cooking time, too long and they are disgusting.

  20. Chasetity

    How many cups of macaroni ?? Not sure on 1lb thanks

  21. Sheila

    Can anybody tell me if the mustard in this recipe is dried mustard or the condiment? Most recipes I see call for dried, but I wanted to double check.

  22. Barb

    This might be a dumb question but is the mustard powdered or prepared yellow mustard?

    • Jessica

      The picture at the top shows a regular yellow mustard bottle.

  23. A. Smith

    By far the easiest and cheesiest no fail recipe for this. Glad I found it. Thanks.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      That’s great news! Thanks for sharing 👍

  24. Candy

    How many cups to a pound? I looked it up and it said 2 cups. It was way, too watery, so I’m thinking 3-4.

  25. Kathy

    Delicious! There was a little liquid when I opened the lid after cooking the pasta, but I didn’t drain it. It absorbed into the dish. So easy!! So fast!! So good!!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I’m so glad you like it!! Thanks for sharing 😋

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