Family mealtimes are so incredibly important, even when things get busy. Between work, school and extracurricular activities with the kids, there isn’t much time for meal prep. This Instant Pot Pepper Jack Mac and Cheese is the perfect meal to serve at the end of a busy day.
It isn’t a surprise that macaroni and cheese is usually a family recipe staple. Kids love it, parents love it and it is generally easy to make.
Sometimes though, the traditional macaroni and cheese recipe can become boring. Maybe it is time to think out of the box.
This Instant Pot Pepper Jack Mac and Cheese is a zesty alternative to a family favorite without straying too far away from what they are used to.
Perfect for busy nights, this recipe is done and ready to serve in almost no time. Your family will be glad to gather around the table when this is on the menu.
How to Make Instant Pot Pepper Jack Mac and Cheese
A few delicious ingredients and a little time make for a fantastic twist on this traditional recipe. Not only is it simple to make, but you won’t have to convince your family to eat it.
- 3 cups dry elbow noodles
- 3 ¼ cup water
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- ½ jalapeno pepper, chopped
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 3 ounces cream cheese
- 2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese
- 1 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- ¾ cup milk
Just like the traditional recipe, you are going to want to use elbow noodles to create this dish.
The seasonings and spices you put into this are critical to the flavors you want to achieve. Do not skimp on adding anything.
You will want to include cream cheese, pepper jack cheese, and sharp cheddar cheese to achieve the creaminess and flavor your desire.
In your instant pot’s inner pot, combine the first 7 ingredients. We won’t add the cheeses or milk yet until later.
Close the lid to your pot and seal the pressure valve. Cook the ingredients on manual high pressure until 6 minutes has passed.
Allow the Instant pot to perform a quick pressure release and then add the cheeses to the pot.
Add in the milk a little at a time, not all at once.
Stir the macaroni, cheese, and milk together as you add the milk until the cheese has melted and all the noodles are coated.
Remove from the instant pot and serve to your family.
This recipe makes 8 Servings but can be used as a main course or side dish.
Instant Pot Pepper Jack Mac and Cheese Recipe
- 3 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
- 3 ¼ cup water
- ½ tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp dry mustard
- ¼ tsp pepper
- ½ jalapeno pepper chopped
- 1 Tbs butter
- 3 oz cream cheese
- 2 cups Pepperjack cheese shredded
- 1 cups sharp cheddar cheese shredded
- ¾ cup milk
Combine first 7 ingredients in Instant Pot.
Secure the Instant Pot lid and turn pressure valve to sealing. Cook on manual high pressure for 6 minutes.
Quick pressure release the pressure when the cook time ends. Remove the lid and add the cheeses. Pour in the milk a little at a time, stirring to melt the cheese and coat all the noodles..
What Should I Serve with Instant Pot Pepper Jack Mac and Cheese?
This recipe serves well as a main course. The best part is that it pairs well with pretty much anything.
You can serve it with a side salad, roasted broccoli or even asparagus.
If you are serving it as a side dish, it makes an amazing accompaniment to ribs, chicken and even pork.