Hot Eats and Cool Reads: Instant Pot Cheddar Bacon Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Feb 4, 2021

Instant Pot Cheddar Bacon Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Dinner is ready and on the table in 20 minutes with this delicious Instant Pot mac and cheese! This kid friendly family comfort food meal can be customized with different pastas and other ingredients to make it different every time!  


Instant Pot Cheddar Bacon Macaroni and Cheese


Instant Pot Bacon Macaroni and Cheese In a bowl with two forks


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Instant Pot Bacon Macaroni and Cheese in a bowl with white Instant Pot in the background


If you're an Instant Pot lover, today's recipe is for you!

Mac and cheese is always a favorite and quick weeknight meal at our house. Now with an Instant Pot, it's on the table even faster!

This tasty mac and cheese combines bacon and cheddar cheese with the pasta, but would be just as delicious with ham, pancetta, or a different type of shredded cheese. If you prefer meatless, just make as directed without the bacon. 

I'm a huge fan of pepper jack cheese, so I'm going to use a combo of that and shredded cheddar along with the bacon the next time I make this for my family.

In my opinion, the best shredded cheese for macaroni and cheese are: sharp cheddar, swiss, pepper jack and not shredded but one of my guilty pleasure favorites, Velveeta.

My baked mac and cheese uses a combo of shredded cheese and Velveeta for the perfect creamy texture and consistency. It's not for everyone, but I use it and love it!

The origin of macaroni and cheese is unknown, but is thought to have originated in Northern Europe in the 1700's. 

Kraft released their boxed mac and cheese during the Great Depression. We never really ate it at our house when I was a kid, because my Mom always made it homemade, but everyone else I knew ate it regularly. Surprisingly, Canadians consume more Kraft Mac and Cheese than Americans. Fun fact for the day!  




What are the ingredients in this recipe?


recipe ingredients image


  • Bacon
  • Cavatappi Pasta
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Butter: A dairy product consisting of approximately 80% butterfat and made from the fat and protein components of milk or cream. Most commonly made from cow's milk, but can also be made from sheep, goat, yak, or buffalo milk.
  • Milk: Cow’s milk is made of lactose, water, fat, proteins and minerals and is a great source of calcium, vitamin D and potassium. The percentage of those ingredients can vary depending on the species, breed and the food they eat.
  • Garlic Powder
  • Ground Nutmeg
  • Chopped Green Onion


Scroll down to the printable recipe card for measurements and instructions!


Recipe tips:


  • I used Cavatappi Pasta but elbows, shells, or farfalle would would as well.
  • I used a 50/50 mix of sharp white cheddar and sharp yellow cheddar but you can use any cheese you have on hand. Gruyere and Fontina are two great options.
  • Freshly ground nutmeg is always preferred if you have it. If you don't, it can be made without it.


Instant Pot Bacon Macaroni and Cheese in a bowl with a fork


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Instant Pot Cheddar Bacon Macaroni and Cheese

Instant Pot Cheddar Bacon Macaroni and Cheese

Yield: 6 servings
Author: Hot Eats and Cool Reads
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 15 MinTotal time: 20 Min

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Heat your Instant Pot using the Saute-Normal function. Add the bacon and cook, stirring occasionally, until it is crispy. This should take about 5 minutes.
  2. Remove the cooked bacon with a slotted spoon, place it on a paper towel to drain, and set it aside.
  3. Carefully add the pasta followed by the water and 1 teaspoon of salt.
  4. Note: Adding the pasta before the water will prevent the bacon grease from splattering when you add the water.
  5. Secure the lid and ensure the valve is in the “sealing” position. Set the Instant Pot to Pressure Cook-High Pressure-Normal for 4 minutes.
  6. The Instant Pot will display “on” while it is pressurizing. When at pressure, it will begin counting down from 4.
  7. After 4 minutes, release the pressure manually by moving the valve to the “venting” position. Make sure to use a long spoon or pair of tongs— not your bare hands— as the vent will release steam and may splatter.
  8. Once the Instant Pot has depressurized, remove the lid and turn it to the Keep Warm setting.
  9. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon of salt, cheese, butter, milk, garlic powder, and nutmeg.
  10. Stir until the cheese has fully melted.
  11. Serve garnished with bacon and green onion, if desired.
  12. This mac and cheese will be creamiest if served immediately, although it can be kept warm using the Keep Warm setting for up to 30 minutes. 
  13. If the mac and cheese begins to dry out, add an additional 1/4 cup of milk and stir.
  14. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Notes:

I used Cavatappi Pasta but elbow macaroni, shells, or farfalle would would as well.


I used a 50/50 mix of sharp white cheddar and sharp yellow cheddar but you can use any cheese you have on hand. Gruyere and Fontina are two great options.


Freshly ground nutmeg is always preferred if you have it. If you don't, it can be made without it.



Nutrition Facts

Calories

744.34

Fat (grams)

55.15

Sat. Fat (grams)

27.45

Carbs (grams)

27.92

Fiber (grams)

1.47

Net carbs

26.45

Sugar (grams)

1.33

Protein (grams)

33.26

Sodium (milligrams)

1441.71

Cholesterol (grams)

140.20

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