Made Kraft mac and cheese in a pressure cooker yet? It’s easy! With no draining required we’ve figured out how to make boxed macaroni in our Instant Pot and Ninja Foodi!
Do you love boxed Kraft macaroni and cheese? Of course, we all do. But, making Kraft mac and cheese in a pressure cooker is a serious game changer we needed to share with you! One of my kids’ favorite Instant Pot recipes for sure.
I grew up on these little blue boxes. You may have too.
We made homemade Instant Pot macaroni and cheese years ago but now it was time to figure out Kraft mac and cheese in a pressure cooker!
You will need the same ingredients as you’ve made it for years. It’s just the water that was tricky to figure out. It’s one of our favorite 5 ingredient Instant Pot recipes.
Of course you can just add a bunch of water, cook the noodles, drain the water, and add the rest of your ingredients. BUT then it isn’t quite right.
I found that this method was messy since it required a strainer, and I didn’t trust my younger daughter to do that step.
The main reason I wanted to perfect Kraft mac and cheese in a pressure cooker was for my kids.
All of my girls enjoy cooking “all by myself”. If I could perfect the amount of water needed, so nothing needed to be drained, then they could make it without my assistance. It just make me feel safer eliminating that step for them.
Of course my girls are older, 18-11 years old, so if yours are younger parental supervision would still be required. You’ll get there someday though. 😉
This Kraft macaroni and cheese in a pressure cooker can be made with or without hot dogs.
I will explain how to cook each one. There is a difference of 1/4 c. of water between the two, that is all.
Here is a peek of the basic steps.
The whole Instant Pot Kraft mac and cheese process takes about 12 minutes.
This is faster than making it on the stovetop since it takes a while for the water to start boiling.
- Add your water and noodles – add sliced hot dogs now if you want to add them
- Cook on high pressure for 3 minutes
- allow to naturally release for 1-2 min., quick release will cause a bit of water splatter
- DO NOT drain!
- Break up the noodles with a spoon
- Add your butter, allow that to melt
- Add as much milk as you’d like (some like less to make it thicker)
- Sprinkle in your cheese packet – included in box
- Stir until smooth
What you need to make Kraft mac and cheese in a pressure cooker
- Boxed macaroni and cheese – we buy this one in bulk
- Hot dogs – optional but yummy, these are our favorites
- Salt and pepper – also optional but a sprinkle helps
Looking for more easy Instant Pot dinner recipes?
- Pressure cooker stroganoff casserole is a family fave
- This Instant Pot cheeseburger macaroni is delish
- Sweet Instant Pot Hawaiian chicken has raving reviews
Follow this printable recipe to make boxed macaroni and cheese in a pressure cooker tonight!
Kraft Mac and Cheese in a Pressure Cooker
- Add 1 1/2 c water into your pressure cooker, 1 3/4 c if you are adding hot dogs.
- Add the noodles from your box of boxed macaroni and cheese, stir well so the water becomes a bit murky meaning the slight powder on the noodles is washed off. Add sliced hot dogs now if you want to add them. Stir again.
- Close lid and steam valve and set to pressure high for 3 minutes.
- Allow to naturally release for about 2 min. just so water doesn't spray out a bit when you release the pressure. Release rest of steam and open lid. Turn pot off.
- Stir and break up noodles with a spoon, do not drain. Add butter and allow it to melt.
- Pour in your packet of dry cheese and stir until dissolved. If you want it thinner add some of your milk slowly until it's the consistency you want. Serve!!