The Instant Pot has earned it’s place in my kitchen, I love how quick and easy it is to make meals, including this macaroni and cheese recipe.
(While I was given an Instant Pot to review, all opinions are my own and based of of my experiences using the Instant Pot. This post also contains affiliate links and while it is no extra cost for you to use them, I make a small profit. This helps keep the content of the blog free.)
Alright friends, I have been talking about my love for the Instant Pot on Facebook and Instagram but now it’s time to get on this blog! The reason it has taken me so long isn’t because I wasn’t sure how I liked it but I really wanted to give it a run for it’s money…and let me tell you, the Instant Pot has earned it’s place in my kitchen!
I’m not one to love all kinds of kitchen gadgets, I’m pretty basic but for realz, I hate doing dishes and when I saw that the Instant Pot would easy up on pots and pans I was like, “I need to give it try!” I have not looked back since.
The Instant Pot, besides being a pressure cooker has a few really neat features to it, you can saute in it (So you don’t lose that nice caramelized taste for soup and stews!), you can use it as slow cooker, make yogurt, use it as a rice cooker and you can also use it to just steam veggies.
Want to know what I’ve made in my Instant Pot?
- Hard boiled eggs (That come out perfect every time!)
- A whole frozen chicken (The link is not for a frozen bird)
- Lots of veggies steamed
- Dry beans (and they were done in under an hour, without soaking them!)
- A beef roast
- Soup (cooked with rice noodles in the same pot)
- Macaroni and Cheese (You’ll find the recipe below!)
- Noodles and Sauce (This is an AWESOME fast dinner, I’ll have the recipe up soon!)
- Chocolate Pudding
- Beef Stew
- Bone Broth
While there was a bit of learning curve, I am not along afraid of pressure cooking and am loving the ease of putting together nutritious meals in so much less time.
I will tell you that while I thought I’d like the Instant Pot, I was kind of afraid I’d lose some of the deep flavors of broth and soups with such quick cooking time. However, I was pleasantly surprised at home awesome the stocks and broth are, the high pressure makes up for the lack of slow cooking time. It tastes like it has simmered for hours.
This tool is awesome for days we are on the go and I just want to throw things together. I know that I’ll have a great dinner for my family in no time flat and very few dishes to clean up afterwards. A total win!
I plan on sharing a few recipes as I go but thought I’d share one of my kid’s favorites, macaroni and cheese. This makes for a quick lunch with a side of veggies and fruit for the kids. Plus, I don’t have to deal with a strainer, it’s all in one pot.
- 4 cups of water
- 1 tsp. sea salt
- ¼ tsp. garlic powder
- 2 tbsp. of butter
- 1 pound of uncooked pasta
- ½ -1 cup of milk
- 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
- Place the water, salt, butter, garlic powder and noodles in the instant pot
- Close the lid and make sure the valve is on closed
- Use the manual setting and set for 4 minutes*
- When the pot beeps, quick release the steam
- After the pressure has dropped, remove lid and give a stir
- Start with adding a ¼ cup of milk and shredded cheese
- stir until cheese is melted, add more milk if it seems 'dry'
- Let sit at warm to let the liquid 'cook' a bit and the flavor to mingle for about 2 minutes
*Cooking time is based off of pasta that the box says to cook 7-8 minutes. The rule of thumb I have found is to do about half of the suggest time for stove top cooking.
I make this with gluten free pasta but it works with just about any pasta. (This is not a THM recipe!)
Sometimes I make this a meal and shredded chicken and stir in some chopped up spinach. It always tastes amazing
I don’t take doing reviews lightly and I will tell you that I really endorse the Instant Pot. I literally use often in my kitchen and I can’t wait to try more recipes as I go!
Do you have an Instant Pot? What are some of your favorite things to make in it?
This post is shared at Recipes to Nourish for Savoring Saturdays.