Instant Pot Creamy Mac and Cheese

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Look, I know I’m usually all about healthy recipes with lots of veggies, but sometimes you just need comfort food. And when you want mac and cheese, you want something fast and easy that (hopefully) doesn’t come out of a blue box. (:

This recipe is SUCH a winner with my husband, who has simple taste and doesn’t like his food to be complicated. In fact, the night I perfected the recipe, he had just come home from work where he’d run a tournament and eaten a big meal that was catered on-site. I asked him to try it and tell me what he thought about the recipe, and he said he was too full. Well, I convinced him to take one bite. One minute later, he followed me into the living room with a heaping bowl of mac and cheese in his hands. Haha.

This recipe takes almost no time to make. It tastes like the homemade, oven-baked kinds you might have had in the past. It’s a super easy weeknight meal you can throw together with some broccoli and chicken sausage in about fifteen minutes. Win win win.

Hot sauce optional. Click any of the photos below to shop!

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You Will Need:

-1/2 bag gluten-free Tinkyada brown rice pasta shells (I’m sure you can use whatever you have or non-GF, but these hold up well to Instant Pot)
-1/2c heavy cream
-1c chicken broth or stock
-2T cream cheese (optional)
-1.3c cheddar cheese, shredded (I like sharp 0r extra sharp)
-2T butter
-1c water
-1/4t salt

*This makes four servings according to the Tinkyada package, but about three servings realistically haha. Just double it if you have a bigger family!

  1. Place the pasta, chicken broth, water, salt, and butter in your Instant Pot, no trivet.
  2. Close and seal the lid, and hit “Manual” and select 5 minutes on high.
  3. When the IP beeps, hit cancel and carefully quick release. You may experience a little bit of spray through the vent here, since pasta foams a little. That’s okay. You can read a bit more here on safety and releasing. Select “saute.”
  4. Stir in your heavy cream, cream cheese, and shredded cheese. There will be a little stock/water in the bottom of your pot, but that helps make the sauce creamy!

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Super super easy! I think the chicken stock really adds some dimension to the flavor. Add a splash of hot sauce on the top if you’re a hot food fanatic (maybe try it on a spoonful first, just to make sure you like it).

Check out the ingredients on this Tinkyada pasta: brown rice, rice bran, water. And it earns my non-gluten-free-picky-eater husband’s seal of approval. Another GF favorite for him are pretzels. He says they taste better than regular.

Let me know in the comments the BEST mac and cheese you have ever eaten and where you had it! Have you tried truffle, loaded, vegan, white cheddar, lobster… tell me everything!




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  1. ssantoro555 says:

    OMG! GIRL LOOK AT YOU! Okay, you have 1. convinced me to put an instant pot on the registry. 2. This is so short and simple, the post AND the recipe! I LOVE it! 3. Mac and Cheese Homemade that doesn’t take forever to cook, like who are you!!! YAS YAS YAS! Saving this one!


    1. Add that to your registryyyy YOU WILL LOVE IT! Everyone I have convinced to buy it is nervous about using it, but you just have to watch a couple YouTube videos and you’ll be good to go. It seriously makes my life so much easier. You can cook whole butternut squashes and sweet potatoes and soups and allllll kinds of things! Haha I’m so glad you’ll be trying this. Let me know when you do!


  2. Sally Chandler says:

    As you know, I have had an Instant Pot in the basement, taking up space, since I saw the Black Friday deal on Amazon. This may be the reason I finally overcome my fear of using a pressure cooker and give it a go! PS, I like extra sharp cheddar for mac and cheese!


    1. Now that you mention it, extra sharp cheddar would be excellent in this! You should get that out of the basement and make this. It’s such a quick dinner idea (:


  3. I am totally saving this recipe! I am a HUGE macaroni and cheese fan – like it’s an obsession. I even bought a cookbook in London that is completely filled with macaroni and cheese recipes LOL. You may cringe when I say this but… My current favorite kind of Mac and cheese is the Kraft Three Cheese. I know its horrible and I don’t even want to know what they put in it, but DARN it tastes delicious. When I graduate from college I know I’ll have to stop eating it and start making grown up meals. As soon as I buy a pot like yours I am going to make this recipe!!


  4. realmofvibes says:

    Oh. My. Goodness. Another bookmark to your blog!


  5. galatiansfivethirteen says:

    I would have never thought to make mac and cheese in the crock pot. Thanks!!


  6. I’ve heard so much about Instant Pots lately. Next time I get a Kohls coupon, I am going to pick one up.


  7. Kinda wishing I’d seen this twenty minutes ago before I had microwave Kraft mac and cheese. It looks delicious.


  8. I wish Mac & Cheese was a bigger thing here in Europe, it’s not something I ever ate as kid and I’ve only eaten it once in my life (didn’t make it myself)! Your recipe looks really easy and delicious so I think it’s time for me to finally make it!


  9. Maggie Bera says:

    Girl, my mouth is WATERING!!! This looks incredible


  10. Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen says:

    You are speaking my language with this mac and cheese! Seriously, it’s quick, easy, and you used gluten-free noodles! Love it!!


  11. hal bloss says:

    looks great – love comfort food like this on a snow day like today – and i would love it with the hot sauce!


  12. This sounds so yummy. I’m saving the recipe!!!



  13. I love macaroni and cheese but only eat in on special occasions now. Once I start eating it, I pig out on it 😦


  14. Oh gosh I am craving this so bad right now! Need to try


  15. Ashley says:

    YUM! This looks delicious and easy! I can’t wait to give it a try!


  16. Abbie E. says:

    My mouth is already watering! It looks so yummy! Definitely saving!


  17. jim_burgoon says:

    Thank you! So often I look at recipes, but am disappointed because I have Celiac.


  18. Bea says:

    Mac N Cheese is one of my favorite dishes + my boyfriends too! I cannot wait to try this recipe out!


  19. Hey, this was really good.. You are very talented and your style of writing is really enticing. Don’t give up!! Maybe you could head over to my blog and see what you think?


  20. Oh my goodness. I have been looking for some new recipes like this. Is it bad that my latest mac & cheese creations always have something to do with Kraft? lol I will be trying these out.


  21. ruthieridley says:

    My favorite dish!!! Love this recipe!!


  22. Rachel says:

    YUM! I love all the Instant Pot recipes out there lately, I might need to buy one 🙂


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