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Instant Pot® Mac and Cheese with Ham and Peas


"Forget about the blue box (you know what I'm talking about) and make homemade mac and cheese for a weeknight dinner. The ham, peas, and optional hot sauce add some pizzazz to classic mac and cheese. Adjust the consistency of the mac and cheese sauce to suit your personal preference. I used Kraft® 2% Milk Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese to reduce fat with no negative effect on taste."
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44 m servings 607 cals
Original recipe yields 6 servings

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  1. Combine water, elbow macaroni, mustard powder, salt, and hot sauce in an electric pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot(R)). Close and lock the lid. Set timer for 4 minutes. Set to high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions, 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Release pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove lid. Switch to Low Saute function by pressing Saute once and Adjust twice. Stir macaroni to separate any clumps.
  3. Stir evaporated milk, milk, and butter into the pot. Add Cheddar cheese and Monterey Jack cheese gradually, stirring constantly until melted. Stir in ham and peas. Season with salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 607 calories; 22.9 g fat; 65.4 g carbohydrates; 33.3 g protein; 67 mg cholesterol; 1150 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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8.20.17 I’m the submitter of this recipe. There were some minor changes made from the way this recipe was submitted, so I’d like to add that this is best served immediately “hot.” Once you ha...

This recipe is awesome and perfect in the Instant Pot. It was easy to make and turned out amazingly creamy. I used two cups of old cheddar and one cup of mixed Mexican cheese blend. Next time I ...

This was simple and very quick, my ultimate prerequisites for all recipes!!! I did make a couple of changes... chicken stock instead of water and cream of chicken soup instead of milk. Also, ...

This is a great, and very flexible, dish. I've found you can add different types of protein and veggies to this base recipe, and it's delicious. Tuna and peas is a favorite for us. We prefer cav...

My first time trying Mac N Cheese in my Instant Pot. I was not sure how it would turn out. This recipe was a big hit with my family. I did not add the ham and peas, just straight mac n chees...

Very good. Next time I’ll try with 2% cheese and a leaner meat.

I made this twice at the request of my children (19 and 17)The first time I left out the ham and peas the second time I had to switch up the cheese a bit as I had run short on Monterey Jack but ...

This was a very easy, gooey, cheesy dish to make. It was very delicious. My son loved it so much that the leftovers were gone before I got a chance to reheat it!