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This is a crazy easy alternative to boxed mac and cheese.
While it’s not a health food, it is REAL food with real ingredients and definitely tastier than the microwave version.
And guess what you cook it in? That’s right…my favorite thing: the Instant Pot (affiliate link). Are you tired of hearing about this appliance yet? Sorry….not sorry. I can’t help raving about something that saves me SO much time. *note: if you want a normal size portion, you are going to want to half this. I supersize everything.
Real Mac & Cheese Instantly
5 cups elbow macaroni noodles
4 cups water
2 cups half and half (or whole milk)
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp nutmeg
4 tbls. butter
1 cup half and half (or whole milk)
5 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Spray the inner pot with cooking spray and stir in 5 cups uncooked noodles, 4 cups water, 2 cups half & half, 2 tsp salt, 1 tsp pepper, 1 tsp dry mustard and 1/2 tsp nutmeg. Give it all a good stir, close the pot and seal the vent. Push manual 7 minutes or HIGH pressure 7 Minutes depending on your model. When the timer beeps, do a quick pressure release (QPR). (be careful, this spurts up pretty high so I throw a dishtowel over it.) Next stir in 4 tbls. butter, 1 cup of half & half, and 5 cups of shredded cheese.
That’s it….shouldn’t take more than 25 minutes from start to finish. Enjoy!