This is the creamiest white cheddar mac & cheese and you can make it in the Instant Pot or on the stove. Creamy, cheesy and utterly delicious, this is a side dish your whole family will love!
Would you believe I have never made homemade mac & cheese? Actually I tried it once and my son didn’t like it so I never made it again. However I’ve been on a quest to make Friday fish fry food and of course this includes my son’s favorite, mac & cheese.
I’ve also been trying to use my Instant Pot more and so I came up with this creamiest white cheddar mac & cheese to try in it. Everyone liked it, Max, my hubby and even my father in law.
This recipe makes a huge batch and I ate my fair share believe me. The thing I love is that it’s so darn easy in the Instant Pot but you can also make it on the stove.
Using The Instant Pot
I’m enamored with my Instant Pot. I’ve used it a lot for soups (lentil & sausage, pot roast) and for meat dishes (barbacoa beef, balsamic beef) but this is the first time I’ve used it for a pasta.
Rice is especially easy to make in the Instant Pot, just make a huge batch and then freeze it in 2 cup portions. I can’t tell you how convenient it is to pull out a bag of rice from the freezer for a meal.
If you love using your slow cooker, check out the Instant Pot. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
To Make This On The Stove
To make this on the stove, boil the noodles like you normally would. Then drain them and put the noodles back into the pot. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well on low heat. Keep stirring until everything is melted and mixed and you are done.
To Make This In The Instant Pot
Add water, salt, butter and noodles and cook for 4 minutes. That’s all. Of course it takes time to come up to pressure but you can go off and do other things and not worry about a boiling pot and it turns off after 4 minutes so that’s great too!
After it’s done cooking drain the excess water and then add in the cheeses and cream.
- Use a good white cheddar and it tastes best when eaten right away.
- The noodles seem to absorb all the creamy goodness so while the leftovers are really tasty, they are drier the next day.
- You can use delicious cheeses leftover from a cheese platter at parties and makes a decadent mac & cheese.
Creamiest White Cheddar Mac & Cheese
By the way, I made this a white cheddar mac & cheese because it’s Max’s favorite. Next time I’d like to try gruyere or some other cheeses.
My sister uses delicious cheeses leftover from a cheese platter (that she serves at parties) and makes a decadent mac & cheese the next day. I’ll be trying that too!
I hope you enjoy this and stay tuned on Friday for my Easy Beer Batter Fish Nuggets on Friday. I’ve got you covered for a Friday fish fry!
Creamiest White Cheddar Mac & Cheese (Instant Pot or stove)
- 16 oz elbow macaroni
- 4 cups water
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 6 oz white cheddar shredded
- 2 tablespoons cream cheese
- 4 slices American cheese
- ½ cup cream
To make in the Instant Pot
Fill the Instant Pot to the 4 cup line with water
Add in your macaroni, salt and butter.
Lock lid and turn pressure release to the back (not vent)
Press manual button for 4 minutes.
When time is up, quick release the pressure valve. (Be careful it's very hot!)
Press the cancel button and take off the lid.
Drain the pasta and put it back into the Instant Pot.
Add the cheeses and cream and mix well until the cheese is all melted.
To make it on the stove
Make your macaroni according to the instructions on the box.
When cooked, drain the macaroni and return to the pot.
Add all the other ingredients and stir until they are mixed and melted.
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I get frustrated when I try to find a recipe and it doesn’t state in the title that it is for an instant pot, which I don’t have! You say you can make it on the stove but you don’t offer any instructions for how to do so.
Hi Sally, I can understand your frustration. I do have it written in parentheses in the title but maybe that’s not clear enough and I’ll change that. Anyway, to make this on the stove it’s probably even easier than the Instant Pot. Just make the macaroni as you would any pasta, drain and return it to the pot. Add in the rest of the ingredients and stir on a low heat until everything is melted and mixed.
Again my apologies and I hope you like it!
What kind of cream do you use? Heavy whipping cream?
Yes I use heavy whipping cream. Hope you like it!