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Instant Pot Mini Whole Wheat Mac and Cheese Recipe

Instant Pot Mini Whole Wheat Mac and Cheese

A quick and easy Mac and Cheese recipe sized for an Instant Pot Mini 3qt. Depending on how much you eat, this probably comes out to 2+ generous servings.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Author Cara


  • 2 Cups Chicken Stock (water if you don't have)
  • Sea Salt (to taste, I skipped this)
  • 1 tbsp Butter (totally eyeballed it)
  • 1/2 tbsp Ground Mustard (totally eyeballed it)
  • 1 dash Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 3/4 Cup Elbow Macaroni (Whole Wheat) (about half of a pound box)
  • 1 cup Sharp Cheeder Cheese (grate it yourself while the pasta is cooking, don't buy bagged!)
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk (or milk or cream if you have that)
  • Breadcrumbs (to sprinkle on top if you have a broiler safe dish handy)


  1. Make sure your Mini's inner liner is in. Press the Saute function. Pour in the chicken stock, butter, mustard, cayenne pepper). Stir until this comes to a simmer.

  2. Press the Cancel button to end the Saute function

  3. Add the macaroni to the pot, stir, and put on the lid. Lock the lid and set the steam release knob to Sealing.

  4. Press the Pressure Cook button and then the + or - to set the number of minutes. Use half the number of minutes the package of pasta says to use. For example I set mine to 3 minutes because the box said cook for 5-7 minutes).

  5. Grate your cheese while pasta cooks.

  6. When cook cycle ends, carefully do a Quick Release of the pressure. I tapped the knob to try and let it out slowly until I was sure I wouldn't end up with a foamy mess all over the place.

  7. When the pin drops and all the pressure is out, carefully open the lid. Stir your pasta. If there's still some extra water, don't worry.

  8. Press the Saute function and start stirring in the cheese. Continue to stir until the cheese melts and is fully combined.

  9. Stir in the evaporated milk (or milk or cream depending on what you're using) until that's well combined. I continued to let this Saute until the extra liquid absorbed.

  10. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs and quickly broil, if using.