Instant Pot Macaroni & Cheese

Pressure cookers are definitely the hot “it” appliance right now. I’ve had an old stainless model for years, that I use for canning – but at 16 quarts too big to use for general use in my kitchen. So this fall I hopped on the old bandwagon and purchased an 8-quart Instant Pot, and haven’t looked back since!

I’m hesitant about unitaskers in my kitchen, and I was skeptical how much I’d actually use the thing on a regular basis. Turned out I was pleasantly surprised, using it at least two times a week in my kitchen. To be able to make a quick chicken or vegetable stock in under an hour blows my mind.

Not to mention other tasks like potatoes cooked to perfection in a few minutes, dried beans that taste they’ve been simmering all day long in an hour, or this easy macaroni and cheese – which goes from pot to table in two shakes of a lamb’s tail (just a little over 10 minutes).

You could take it to the next level by pouring the finished mac into a baking dish and topping with more cheese (or breadcrumbs, if that’s your thing) and popping into the oven for a few minutes to melt. But, we usually don’t get that far. I’ve also been known to throw in a cup of diced ham and a chopped head of broccoli to bulk it up and make it a one-dish meal that everyone always loves.

Do you have an electric pressure cooker? What are some of your favorite recipes to make in it? Share in comments!

4 Comments

  1. Posted January 8, 2018 at 11:00 PM | Permalink

    All hail the instant pot. I mean really, how does this kind of deliciuosness happen so fast!? MUST try!

  2. Posted January 9, 2018 at 12:55 AM | Permalink

    Any recipe that includes the phrase ‘two shakes of a lamb’s tail’ is an automatic winner. I love my Instant Pot too and I’m trying this out tomorrow. The venting is less scary since I’ve started using a long-handled wooden spoon to raise the vent.
    Thanks for another great recipe Tide & Thyme! xoxo

  3. Posted January 12, 2018 at 9:52 AM | Permalink

    I’ve been debating buying an instant pot for a few weeks. But recipes like this definitely make me want it more. If I get it I’m definitely making this!

  4. Posted January 12, 2018 at 7:47 PM | Permalink

    I’m sooo in love with my Instant Pot. This looks so easy and delicious! On my to try list for sure. Thank you!

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