- 16 oz box of pasta, any shape
- 4 cups liquid (see notes)
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 1/2 cups shredded medium or sharp cheddar cheese
- 1/4-1/2 cup milk of choice
Cook: In an Instant Pot, add in the pasta and the liquid, gently stirring. Put on the lid and click into place. Cook for 4 minutes on a high-pressure manual mode, followed by a quick release. Remove lid.
Add-In Ingredients: Add in the butter, garlic powder and salt and gently stir.
Add in Cheese: Add in half of the milk and half of the cheese and gently stir waiting for the cheese to melt.
Add in More Cheese: Add in the remaining milk and cheese and stir until melted. If the cheese mixture is too thick, add in additional milk.
Eat: Serve warm and enjoy!
Age: 1 year and up
Storage: Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days, or freeze for up to 6 months.
Notes on Pasta: feel free to use any shaped pasta in this recipe. I used the classic elbow, but really any shape will work. I have only tested this with regular semolina pasta, and I would assume that whole wheat, lentil and gluten-free would work but the cooking times would be different. If you test one out, let us know in the comments.
Notes on Liquid: you can use water, broth or a combination of both for this recipe. I like to use half water and half veggie broth because I feel like the broth gives the pasta a deeper flavor, but any combo you want works great.
Note on Milk: you can use whichever milk you prefer in this recipe - regular, almond, oat, soy, etc.
Note on Cheese: I HIGHLY recommend you use freshly grated cheese for this recipe. I know it adds in a few extra minutes of prep time and dishes, but most pre-shredded cheese sold in the grocery stores have a coating on it to prevent the cheese from sticking to each other. This coating prevents the cheese from melting well. It's best to buy a block of cheese and grate it by hand or use a food processor with a disc attachment if you have one.
Calories: 360kcal, Carbohydrates: 43g, Protein: 17g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 38mg, Sodium: 236mg, Potassium: 176mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 366IU, Calcium: 283mg, Iron: 1mg