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Kraft Mac and Cheese
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Instant Pot Kraft Mac and Cheese

If you're looking for perfectly cooked boxed mac and cheese, this recipe is for you. These are cheesy al dente noodles that cook in just 4 minutes!
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time4 mins
Total Time6 mins
Course: lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 134kcal
Author: NicoleDurham
Cost: Recipe $1.21 / Serving $0.30


  • 1 cup water ($0.00)
  • 1 box Kraft Mac and Cheese (with cheese packet) ($1.00)
  • 2 tablespoon butter, sliced ($0.16)
  • ¼ cup milk ($0.05)


  • In your Instant Pot, add your butter, water, and dry pasta to the bottom of the stainless steel liner/pot.
  • Close the lid and seal it. Set it to High Pressure for 4 minutes and do a Quick Pressure Release.
  • Using a sturdy wooden spoon, stir up the pasta, breaking up the clumped noodles.
  • Stir in the cheese packet and milk until well mixed.
  • Serve warm.


*Note: This recipe can be doubled or even tripled, simply increase the measurements by that amount, so for 2 boxes you'd need 2 cups of water, etc. Cook time won't change.
As you may already know there are several different varies of Kraft mac out there.  You can try it with different varieties or even off-brand but your results will vary.
I have made this Kraft mac and cheese in Instant Pot with some store brands and with the name brand itself and have had success each time, but your results may vary.
To make this dish, we aren't using anything crazy or unusual. We are using the exact items requested on the back of your boxed mac, plus 1 cup of water instead of a large pot full) to cook the noodles.
If you would like your noodles softer, you can cook for 1 additional minute, but the difference is pretty huge and the noodles are MUCH more tender.


Serving: 1scoop | Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 11.7g | Protein: 3.7g | Fat: 8.1g | Saturated Fat: 4.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2.7g | Cholesterol: 19.4mg | Sodium: 224.6mg | Potassium: 63.4mg | Fiber: 0.6g | Sugar: 1.5g | Vitamin A: 59.3IU | Calcium: 60.5mg | Iron: 0.6mg