I’ve decided to start a new series of Instant Pot recipes, particularly kid-friendly ones that you can teach your kids to make! Let’s kick it off with one of the easiest ones of all! Kraft recently took much of the junk out of their traditional blue box mac ‘n’ cheese, thanks largely to Food Babe, I’m sure. I feel ok serving it occasionally now, but you could also use another brand, like Annie’s. Of course General Mills now owns Annie’s, so you’ll have to decide which company to support if you want to go the quick-and-easy route. (Yes, I know, homemade can be quick and easy too but since I don’t always have the “right” noodles and the “right” cheese on hand, this will have to do because I do have a couple blue boxes stashed for emergencies!)
I’ve tested this doubled and I think it turns out better.
Instant Pot Blue Box Mac ‘n’ Cheese
2 blue boxes
1/2 cup butter
1 cup milk
Place macaroni in the stainless steel insert of your Instant Pot. Add cold water to *just* cover. Pour in cold milk and cheese sauce powder and stir until there are no big lumps of powder. Add butter last. Some people melt it, but I find it unnecessary. Place insert in pot and seat the lid, valve to sealed. Set the IP on manual for 7 minutes, high pressure. Once finished, shut off “keep warm” if activated and use quick release. It will look funky and too watery but do not fear. Stir carefully for a moment and the extra water absorbs and everything mixes in nicely. You may need to adjust the time for your altitude, environment or preference but 7 minutes is a good starting point. Enjoy!