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Easy Instant Pot White Cheddar Jack Mac and Cheese

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Cheese lovers rejoice!  This homemade Instant Pot White Cheddar Jack Mac and Cheese is made with real cheeses and made in a matter of minutes! It’s a great side dish to serve with your main course.

Instant Pot White Cheddar Jack Mac N Cheese
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Instant Pot White Cheddar Jack Mac and Cheese

This recipe is made using the Instant Pot.  Every chance I get to use my Instant Pot, I go for it.  Even if it’s something as simple as homemade mac n cheese!  By the time the Instant Pot has come to pressure and starts cooking,

Instant Pot White Cheddar Jack Mac and Cheese is a step up from the traditional mac and cheese.

I have already chopped up my cheeses and I’m ready to finish making the dish.  Since it takes very little time to make, it doesn’t take a lot of effort and I can focus on creating my main dish for dinner.

After the daunting task of creating a meal every night… I’ll take all the help I can get!

homemade Instant Pot White Cheddar Jack Mac N Cheese in white bowl with handles and black and white plaid napkin

Made with Real Cheese

This recipe calls for white cheddar cheese and Monterey Jack cheeses.  It’s easy to grab a bag of shredded cheeses to make this dish but it won’t melt as well and it won’t come out as creamy.

When buying shredded cheese, it has added starches in the package, meaning it prevents the cheese from melting as well.  When making Instant Pot mac and cheese, it’s always best to use blocked cheese.

In this Instant Pot White Cheddar Jack Mac and Cheese recipe, I used New York Extra Sharp White Cheddar Cheese but you can use the Sharp White Cheddar if you choose.  It’s really a taste preference and it’ll be good either way!

homemade Instant Pot White Cheddar Jack Mac N Cheese in white bowl with handles and black and white plaid napkin with fork with fusilli pasta

Mac and Cheese Made with Fusilli Pasta

In this Instant Pot White Cheddar Jack Mac n Cheese recipe, I used fusilli pasta.  I absolutely love the texture and flavor of this pasta!  If you can’t find it, you can substitute it for rotini or even elbow noodles if you’d like.

When making this pasta in the Instant Pot, it’s important to make sure that the pasta is covered with water so you may need to increase the amount of water than what is in the recipe.

There is water leftover in the pot after it is done cooking – don’t fret, leave it in the pot (as long as it’s just a small amount, you can drain some of the water if you feel the need to) and continue on with adding the remaining ingredients.

Once the pressure has been released, it’s time to add the cheeses to the pot.  This Instant Pot White Cheddar Jack Mac and Cheese is ready in no time!

Yield: 8 servings

Instant Pot White Cheddar Jack Mac N Cheese

instant pot white cheddar jack mac n cheese in white bowl

White Cheddar and Monterrey Jack Mac N Cheese made in the Instant Pot and made with real cheeses. 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 14 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups fusilli pasta
  • 3 cups water
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground mustard
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup milk
  • 8 oz white cheddar cheese, chopped
  • 8 oz Monterrey Jack cheese, chopped

Instructions

  1. Place the pasta in the Instant Pot and add the butter, water, ground mustard, pepper, and salt. 
  2. Close the Instant Pot and set on manual for 4 minutes.
  3. While the Instant Pot is coming to pressure, prepare your cheeses by chopping them into pieces.
  4. Once the timer has gone off, quick release your Instant Pot.  If the vent gets foamy, close the vent, wait a couple of seconds, and then repeat the process until all pressure is released.
  5. Remove lid, stir, add in chopped cheeses and cream cheese.
  6. Lastly, add in the milk, a little at a time until you have reached your desired creaminess. 
  7. Serve immediately. 

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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homemade Instant Pot White Cheddar Jack Mac and Cheese in white bowl with handles and black and white plaid napkin

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Deanna

Thursday 15th of April 2021

I measured everything accurately but ended up with noodle soup.

Marie

Thursday 3rd of October 2019

AMAZING FLAVOR and I don't even like mac N cheese. Been married for 26 yrs and made this last week for my man. He said its the best mac and cheese he has even had! He's a picky eater with his M&C. He prefers either the baked home made mac n cheese at certain restaurants or a specific brand from a box. Thanks for sharing this recipe! And to anyone reading these reviews, this is a Must Try recipe. You will never go back to box or restaurants for mac n cheese again! Just Delicious!

Dana

Friday 4th of October 2019

Thank you for your kind words, Marie! So happy you found a mac n cheese that you BOTH like!! :)

Laura Adney

Wednesday 6th of February 2019

I must try this now! Super hungry

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