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Instant Pot Boxed Macaroni and Cheese

The quickest and easiest way to make your childhood favorite food.

Course Main Course, Side Dish
Keyword Mac and Cheese, Macaroni and Cheese, Pasta
Author Sunup to Sundown


  • 1 box Macaroni and Cheese (Your Choice)
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup milk


  1. Combine the dry pasta, pinch of kosher salt, and 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons of water in the Instant Pot. Place the lid on, turn the valve to sealing, and set the cook time for 3 minutes on high pressure.

  2. When the cook time is complete, quick release the pressure. Add butter and stir, breaking up the pasta. Sprinkle on the cheese powder, stir, then pour in the milk. Continue stirring, incorporating the cheese mixture into the noodles.

  3. Turn the Instant Pot onto saute and cook the macaroni for 2-3 minutes until the cheese fully incorporate and the sauce thickens slightly if needed.

Recipe Notes

You can easily double this recipe and use two boxes of pasta.  Double the ingredients, but keep the cook times the same.