Looking to learn how to make Instant Pot Kraft macaroni and cheese? Boxed mac and cheese in the Instant Pot allows for a hands-off macaroni and cheese!
You don't have to drain water as you do on the stovetop. Instant Pot boxed mac and cheese is a breeze and could easily become your go-to method for cooking boxed macaroni and cheese.
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If you grew up eating boxed Kraft macaroni you know it has a distinct flavor! This pressure cooker Kraft mac and cheese is so easy to make and provides the same flavor as you would get cooking the Kraft on the stovetop.
Why Make Kraft Mac and Cheese in The Instant Pot...
- Dump and cook recipe
- No draining of water once pasta is cooked
- Creamy and delicious boxed mac and cheese
- Hands off cooking
- Kraft Mac and Cheese
How to Make
Full directions for this Instant Pot mac and cheese are in the printable recipe card below. This is a quick overview on this Kraft dinner.
Start by adding your dry pasta and water into the pressure cooker along with a tablespoon of butter.
Place the Instant Pot lid on the pressure cooker and make sure the valve is set to sealing.
Cook for 4 minutes on manual high pressure.
Once the time is up, do a quick release of the pressure. Pour in the powdered cheese, extra butter and milk.
Stir and mix until the mac and cheese are well mixed. Then dish up and serve up your family or friends.
Variations To Recipe
Curious on ways to dress up your instant pot kraft mac and cheese? Here are a few of my go-to ideas for boxed mac and cheese.
- Dice up and add little smokies into the mac.
- Add in some diced hot dogs, you can cook or stir in at the end when you add the powder cheese mixture.
- Stir in a can of tuna and drained peas. This is a delicious addition.
- Add a splash of hot sauce or even buffalo sauce for a kick of spice.
- Toss in some diced or cooked meat at the end of cook time.
- Add in a can of diced tomatoes or Rotel and mix in at the end.
Expert Tips For Mac and Cheese in Box
- You add as much or as little milk as you would like to the mixture. It is all about personal preference.
- When you do a quick release of pressure, you might need to do a controlled release, as it can foam up. I find adding 1/2 teaspoon of oil to the mixture helps with the bubbles.
- I used Kraft mac and cheese but I am sure other boxed mac and cheese will work similarly.
Cooking boxed mac and cheese in the Instant Pot is a shortcut. You do not need to drain liquid. Once the pasta is cooked pour in the remaining ingredients, stir and serve!
You will find there is a slight difference in texture between boiled and pressure-cooked pasta. The pressure cooker pasta has a bit of a denser texture, but overall the texture is similar.
We love it cooked in the Instant Pot and boiled on the stove. They offer similar flavors, so it is a personal preference.
Go right ahead and double adding 4 boxes of mac and cheese into your Instant Pot. I have used this is my 6 quart and 8 quart and the recipe works great.
Macaroni and cheese are safe for dogs to eat, but it is something you will find is not recommended. There are some starches and carbs in the dish but for nutritional value it is minimal.
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