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Chick-fil-A Macaroni and Cheese {Instant Pot}

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This creamy Chick-fil-A macaroni and cheese recipe is easy to make right at home in the Instant Pot. With only 3 steps, I save lots of money and can quadruple the recipe!

cheese pull with fork stretchy creamy macaroni and cheese

why we love this copycat chick fil a mac and cheese

My son just loves the cheesy, creamy chick fil a mac n cheese. However, we don’t always have access to the restaurant, plus we can make it at home in larger quantities! A few reasons why my family makes this recipe so often:

  • lower cost than the restaurant version
  • larger quantity to feed a big family
  • super cheesy and creamy
  • fast and easy side dish for any dinner
adding salt and pepper to macaroni and cheese
don’t forget to add salt and pepper before pressure cooking

how to make Copycat Chick-fil-A macaroni and cheese in the Instant Pot

This simple recipe is really only 3 steps!  

  1. pressure cook elbow macaroni
  2. add in other ingredients
  3. stir

faq

how long will macaroni keep in the fridge? 

Typically, macaroni and cheese will keep up to 5 days stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.

can I freeze macaroni and cheese? 

You may freeze cooked macaroni and cheese for up to a month in a sealed zippered freezer bag.

creamy chick-fil-a macaroni and cheese in a bowl

No Instant Pot? Make Chick-fil-A macaroni and cheese on the stovetop in 3 easy steps

  1. Bring salted water to a boil.
  2. Add elbow macaroni and reduce to medium heat, cooking up to 15 minutes or until noodles are tender.
  3. Drain pasta and add remaining ingredients!

What are things I can make with leftover macaroni and cheese? 

  • Bake in a casserole with breadcrumbs
  • roll into balls, coat with egg and breadcrumbs for fried mac and cheese “bites”
  • add veggies for healthy mac and cheese
creamy copycat chick fil a macaroni with cheese in a bowl

expert tips

Looking to jazz up your macaroni and cheese? Try these tips!

  • recipe substitutions
    • broccoli, carrots, or other veggie
    • hot sauce/cajun seasoning
    • diced jalapeños
    • diced chicken

What can I substitute for elbow macaroni? 

Instead of elbow macaroni, you can use this recipe with other small pastas, such as:

  • bowtie pasta
  • ziti
  • penne

what to serve with mac n cheese

Macaroni and cheese is best served with a protein, like bbq chicken/fish, or with some veggies.

Also try:

copycat chick fil a mac and cheese with fork

Copycat Chick-fil-A Macaroni and Cheese

This easy chick-fil-a macaroni and cheese copcat recipe is easy and delicious! Make in the instant pot for the creamiest of sides!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 550kcal
Author: Amber

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 16 oz elbow macaroni
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 3 oz white cheddar cheese
  • 3 oz sharp cheddar cheese
  • 3 oz Romano cheese or Parmesan
  • cup heavy cream or milk, half and half
  • 1 tsp minced garlic or garlic powder
  • ½ tsp dijon mustard *optional

Instructions

  • Add the uncooked macaroni, butter, chicken broth, salt and pepper to the Instant Pot.
  • Cook at high pressure for 5 minutes. Quick release.
    elbow macaroni in instant pot
  • Add remaining ingredients, beginning with cheeses, then heavy cream, garlic, and dijon (optional).
    stir in remaining ingredients

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Nutrition

Calories: 550kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 941mg | Potassium: 358mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 739IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 401mg | Iron: 2mg

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