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Easy Mac N’ Cheese (Instant Pot or Stove Top)

This Easy Mac N’ Cheese is a family favorite -not only is it low in points, it’s also the fastest, easiest, most delicious Mac N’ Cheese you’ll ever make!! Perfectly creamy and cheesy!

Makes 8 ( 1 1/4 cup)  servings 

What ingredients do I need to make this Easy Mac N’ Cheese?

What can add to bulk this Mac N’ Cheese up?

Feel free to add any of the following and adjust point values as needed: 

  • 1 cup cooked skinless, boneless chicken, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 cup  cooked shrimp 
  • 1 cup cooked chicken sausage, cut into pieces 
  • 2 cups steamed broccoli or cauliflower 
  • 1/4 cup bacon, crumbled 
  • 1 cup cooked ground turkey or chicken 

How do I make this Easy Mac N’ Cheese?

This Easy Mac N’ Cheese can be made in the instant pot of on the stove.  Here is the step by step directions for the Instant Pot.

Place uncooked pasta and water or chicken broth into Instant Pot

Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

Stir to ensure pasta isn’t at the bottom of the pot.

Cook on manual function, high pressure for 4 minutes.  Then, do a quick release.

Start slowly, using several small bursts of steam release, to make sure you don’t burn yourself for the steam.

( Try covering the vent with a dish towel to help with the bursting steam)

Then fully release the steam.

Once it’s done cooking, add the cheese dip and velvetta or reduced fat cheddar cheese.

Stir until well combined.

Garnish with fresh parsley, if desired.

Serve warm. 

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days

Servings: Makes 8 ( 1 1/4 cup)  servings 

Ingredients:

Instant Pot Directions: 

  • Place uncooked pasta and water or chicken broth into Instant Pot. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Stir to ensure pasta isn’t at the bottom of the pot.
  • Cook on manual function, high pressure for 4 minutes.  Then, do a quick release. Start slowly, using several small bursts of steam release, to make sure you don’t burn yourself for the steam.  Try covering the vent with a dish towel to help with the bursting steam.Then fully release the steam.
  • When all the steam has been release, open the pot and give the pasta a nice stir. 
  • Add the cheese dip and Velvetta shreds/reduced fat cheddar cheese. Stir until well combined. If needed add a couple of teaspoons of milk until the consistency is to your liking.
  • Serve warm. 

Stove Top Directions:

  1. In a large DUTCH OVEN or stockpot add chicken broth, salt, pepper, and garlic powder and bring to a boil
  2. Add of elbow noodles and cook according to the back of the package.
  3. Drain noodles. Then pour noodles into a large mixing bowl or back into the pot. 
  4. Pour cheese dip and cheese over cooked noodles. Stir until well combined. If needed add a couple of teaspoons of milk until the consistency is to your liking.
  5. Serve warm.

Makes 8 ( 1 1/4 cup)  servings 

7 Points® per serving if using Barilla Plus Elbows

5 Points® per serving if using Fiber Gourmet Pasta Elbow Pasta

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Author Notes:

  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. Add a little bit of milk when reheating. You can warm it gently in a pot on the stove or in the microwave.
Yield: 8

Easy Mac N' Cheese (Instant Pot or Stove Top)

Easy Mac N' Cheese (Instant Pot or Stove Top)

This Easy Mac N' Cheese is a family favorite -not only is it low in points, it's also the fastest, easiest, most delicious Mac N' Cheese you'll ever make!! Perfectly creamy and cheesy!

Author: thepounddropper.com

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. uncooked elbows or whole wheat elbows- I like to use Barilla Plus Elbow Pasta, Fiber Gourmet Pasta Elbow Pasta or whole wheat elbow pasta
  • 4 cups reduced sodium chicken broth or water- I use reduced sodium chicken broth for the best flavor 
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper 
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup Tostitos smooth and cheesy dip, Great Value Stadium Style Cheddar Cheese Dip from Walmart or Fritos Mild Cheddar Cheese Dip.
  • 1/2 cup or about 2 oz. reduced fat cheddar cheese - I use Velveeta Shreds

Instructions

Instant Pot Directions: 

  1. Place uncooked pasta and water or chicken broth into Instant Pot. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Stir to ensure pasta isn’t at the bottom of the pot.
  2. Cook on manual function, high pressure for 5 minutes.  Then, do a quick release. Start slowly, using several small bursts of steam release, to make sure you don’t burn yourself for the steam.  Try covering the vent with
  3. a dish towel to help with the bursting steam.Then fully release the steam.
  4. When all the steam has been release, open the pot and give the pasta a nice stir. 
  5. Add the cheese dip and Velvetta shreds/reduced fat cheddar cheese. Stir until well combined. If needed add a couple of teaspoons of milk until the consistency is to your liking.
  6. Serve warm. 


Stove Top Directions:

    1. In a large DUTCH OVEN or stockpot add chicken broth, salt, pepper, and garlic powder and bring to a boil
    2. Add of elbow noodles and cook according to the back of the package.
    3. Drain noodles. Then pour noodles into a large mixing bowl or back into the pot. 
    4. Pour cheese dip and cheese over cooked noodles. Stir until well combined. If needed add a couple of teaspoons of milk until the consistency is to your liking.
    5. Serve warm.


    Makes 8 ( 1 1/4 cup)  servings 

    7 Points® per serving if using Barilla Plus Elbows

    5 Points® per serving if using Fiber Gourmet Pasta Elbow Pasta

Notes

    Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. Add a little bit of milk when reheating. You can warm it gently in a pot on the stove or in the microwave.

    Smartpoints: GREEN/BLUE: 7 smartpoints per serivng if using Barilla Plus Elbows or 5 Smartpoints per serving if using Fiber Gourmet Pasta Elbow Pasta PURPLE: 2 smartpoints per serving if using whole wheat pasta 

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 284Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 814mgCarbohydrates: 44gNet Carbohydrates: 40gFiber: 4gSugar: 2gProtein: 12g

Do not use the WW nutritional calculator to calculate points. The nutritional calculator does take zero point food ingredients into consideration and will not be accurate. Personal Point values and nutritional information is estimated and calculated using the brand of ingredients listed in the recipe. PersonalPoints values may vary depending on the brand of ingredients used and depending on your customized zero point foods list.

Amy Roach

Thursday 12th of January 2023

Could I use Tostitos salsa con QUESO medium heat instead? Or would that taste funny?

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Thursday 19th of August 2021

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Janelle

Tuesday 22nd of June 2021

This is so good!! It will definitely be on repeat. So easy to make too.

Tammy

Saturday 8th of May 2021

This maybe a silly question, it’s just my husband and I so just cutting the recipe in half would work for 4 servings correct?

Hayley

Monday 26th of April 2021

For the stove top directions- when you say drain the pasta, am I getting rid of the chicken broth? Or keeping it to add to the cheese sauce?

Lindsay Kehl

Tuesday 27th of April 2021

Hi Haley!

Yes, for the stovetop directions-the chicken broth does get drained. The noodles will have soaked up the flavor while cooking but you will want to discard the reaming broth in the pot before adding the sauce.

Thank you!

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