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Ninja Foodi Macaroni and Cheese

Creamy Ninja Foodi macaroni and cheese recipe that is the BEST pressure cooker mac and cheese you’ll ever make in under 15 minutes flat! Cheesy perfection. 

ninja foodi macaroni and cheese

Have you tried making a pot of Ninja Foodi macaroni and cheese yet?? I have TWO different recipes for this. The quick low fat version and the REALLY creamy and incredible version. I suggest you not count the calories and go straight to the recipe card one, then try more easy Ninja Foodi recipes next. (affiliate links present)

If you too are obsessed with your Ninja Foodi pressure cooker air fryer machine, here are a few resource to start with:

  1. You can bookmark our Ninja air fryer recipes page, we add to that weekly.
    1. Here’s a printable air fryer cook times chart here for your fridge.
    2. Be sure to save this link to the easy Instant Pot recipes too. You can use any of those in your pot too.
  2. Grab our favorite Foodi cookbook here, and this set of wooden utensils work great so your pot doesn’t get scratched!
  3. Then join our Ninja Facebook group where you can share and find more ideas you’ll love. We have an air fryer page that shares daily ideas too.

If you need to know how to cook frozen meat in a pressure cooker, we have information on that. NO, you aren’t the only forgetful one. 😉

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  • Want to make this completely OVER the top??!! Add some bacon into the mix too!!

You don’t need any accessories to make this which is nice. Just throw in your liquid and uncooked elbow macaroni noodles and let those soften.

ninja foodi baked macaroni and cheese

Let me share the really quick low fat version of mac and cheese first.

How to make 3 ingredient Ninja Foodi macaroni and cheese

(2nd version to make it from good to AMAZING is below in recipe card)

Then you’ll need 3 cups of liquid, water is fine to use but chicken broth is better

Instructions

  • Add your water and elbow macaroni into your pot, stir.
  • Close your pressure cooker lid & steam valve. Set to high for 2 minutes. Allow to naturally release pressure for 1 minute 30 seconds, then release rest of steam.
  • Lift lid and stir in 2 tbsp of butter, allow this to melt. Then sprinkle in 1 1/2 c. of your cheese and stir until melted. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper, stir. Can serve now or follow next steps to melt more cheese on the top.
  • Sprinkle 1 c. of cheese on top of cooked mac and cheese. Can add diced green onions at this time if desired.
  • Close air crisp lid, push air crisp button at 400 degrees for 3 minutes. Check, add additional minutes if desired (to crisp up further).
pressure cooker macaroni and cheese

Why do I share the easy homemade macaroni and cheese recipe above if I say the one below is so much better?

  • I do so because you can make it a dairy free mac and cheese with margarine instead of butter. It is without milk and has no heavy cream inside. 

We’ve made both. Pressure cooker pasta recipes are seriously the best for hectic evenings.

ninja foodi macaroni and cheese recipe

BUT what if you want to go ALL OUT and make the best Ninja Foodi macaroni and cheese recipe ever??

You will need to pick this up:

  1. Elbow macaroni noodles
  2. Heavy whipping cream
  3. Chicken broth
  4. Cheese 
    1. sharp cheddar
    2. parmesan
    3. Mexican blend
  5. Garlic salt
  6. Butter
  7. Salt and pepper
  8. Diced chives is optional

You can use a blend of any cheeses you want, above is what I choose.

homemade mac and cheese

What else can you add into your mac and cheese?

  • Sliced hot dogs
  • Shrimp
    • takes 0 minutes to defrost or cook, from frozen to perfect
  • Bacon bits
  • Fresh cooked bacon, crushed
  • Chives
  • Diced onions
  • Diced cooked ham pieces
  • Onion and/or garlic powder

I would add any and all of these after you stir in your cheese and let it melt, and before you air crisp.

ninja foodi mac and cheese

No need to add anything else though, this is packed with flavor as is.

Can you make boxed Kraft macaroni and cheese in a pressure cooker?

YES!!!

This is the ONLY way we make it now!!

Why??

Because there is NO draining required! Just add your liquid and noodles, cook to soften, add butter and the cheese packet and it’s ready to serve! I have instructions if you want to add hot dogs inside too.

instant pot boxed macaroni and cheese 2

What to serve with your baked macaroni and cheese recipe or air fryer mac and cheese;

  1. Pressure cooker broccoli takes just 1 minute!
  2. Make a whole chicken in your machine beforehand!
  3. A few air fryer chicken nuggets are always a favorite pair.

Ninja Foodi crack chicken is amazing

Other one pot meals you should try:

Our cheesy Ninja Foodi spaghetti recipe gets five stars from everyone who tries it.

cheesy ninja foodi spaghetti

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Ninja Foodi Macaroni and Cheese

Creamy Ninja Foodi macaroni and cheese recipe that is the BEST pressure cooker mac and cheese you'll ever make in under 15 minutes flat! Cheesy perfection.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade, macaroni and cheese, ninja foodi, pressure cooker
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 799kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add your chicken broth, 1 cup of your heavy whipping cream and elbow macaroni into your pot, stir.
  • Close your pressure cooker lid & steam valve. Set to high for 3 minutes. Allow to naturally release pressure for 1 minute 30 seconds, then release rest of steam.
  • Lift lid and stir in 3 tbsp of butter, allow this to melt. Then sprinkle in 2 c. of your cheese and stir until melted. Add remaining 1/4 c of whipping cream. Season with a pinch of pepper, salt and garlic salt, stir. Can serve now or follow next steps to melt more cheese on the top.
  • Sprinkle 1 c. of cheese on top of cooked mac and cheese. I use 1/3 c. of each: sharp cheddar, parmesan, and Mexican cheese blend. Can add diced green onions at this time if desired.
  • Close air crisp lid, push air crisp button at 400 degrees for 5 minutes. Check, add additional minutes if desired (to crisp up further).

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Nutrition Facts
Ninja Foodi Macaroni and Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 799 Calories from Fat 468
% Daily Value*
Fat 52g80%
Saturated Fat 33g206%
Cholesterol 171mg57%
Sodium 746mg32%
Potassium 267mg8%
Carbohydrates 55g18%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 1765IU35%
Vitamin C 0.3mg0%
Calcium 547mg55%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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