Comfort food on Weight Watchers? Yes, you can have it when you make this Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese Recipe. It’s creamy, delicious, and indulgent! You can make tons of great recipes in the Instant Pot!
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Ever since beginning Weight Watchers, I have been on the search for a truly good macaroni and cheese recipe that would satisfy my need for comfort food without blowing all of my points for the day.
Using my Instant Pot was a bonus, for sure, and this recipe became a fast favorite. It’s done in just a few minutes and the entire family loves it.
This recipe is really easy to make and it’s great for family meals. I love when I don’t have to cook more than one meal so that everyone can get what they like but also eat something healthy!
Pair this easy dinner with some salad, roasted veggies, or even some grilled chicken breasts. It’s a simple, wholesome recipe that everyone will devour.
Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese Recipe
One thing you will notice in this recipe is a specific cheese. You can easily use any low fat or low point value cheese, but I found the best flavor and creamy texture came from using Velveeta Original Cheese Slices in particular.
These are low in points per slice, and they work wonderfully to melt and provide that comforting cheesy texture you are looking for in a mac and cheese recipe.
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Ingredients for Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese
This recipe uses whole wheat pasta shells, low fat and low sodium chicken stock, fat free half and half, salt and pepper to taste, garlic powder, and margarine.
For the cheese we will be using Velveeta Original cheese slices, parmesan, and shredded fat free cheddar!
Directions for Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese
Pour pasta, half and half, and chicken stock into Instant Pot liner and stir.
Place lid on Instant Pot and set to seal. Choose manual and set to 5 minutes.
Allow to come to pressure, cook, and when complete NPR (natural pressure release) for 2 minutes.
Release remaining pressure, and set to saute.
Add in all of the cheese, margarine, garlic powder, salt, and pepper and mix well. Stir consistently until completely melted.
Turn off saute feature and taste. May add salt and pepper to taste. Serve
Weight Watchers Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese Recipe
Makes 8 servings, 7 points per serving on Weight Watchers plan.
Which WW Program are these points for?
WW has definitely changed from 2020 to now. They went from three to one plan to multiple plans and back to one plan again. So in 2023, we have just plain old “POINTS.”
- Be sure to calculate the points value of the foods and recipes you eat in the app.
- Always add ingredients and serving sizes and don’t rely on the nutrition facts in the recipe.
- Accuracy will come from the information you input on the app.
That is when you divide the batch of Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese into 8 equal servings. Since pasta shape and size differ, and you may choose to use elbow macaroni instead of shells, I don’t measure this recipe by “cup”.
Instead, I recommend measuring out 8 equal portions to get these approximate points value. As you are doing Weight Watchers, you will likely notice that most vegetables are zero points.
Since this is a slightly higher point entree than some, you can easily keep its low point by serving up a hearty side of steamed vegetables. Season with your favorite spices, and you have a completely satisfying meal that is healthy and fits into your points plan for the day easily.
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Printable Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese for Weight Watchers Recipe:
- 12 ounces whole wheat shell pasta
- 4 cups low-fat and low-sodium chicken stock
- 1 cup fat-free half and half
- 6 slices Velveeta Original cheese slices
- 1/4 cup Parmesan, grated
- 1/4 cup Fat-Free Cheddar, shredded
- 1 tablespoon margarine
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- salt to taste
- Pour pasta, half and half, and chicken stock into Instant Pot liner and stir.
- Place lid on Instant Pot and set to seal.
- Choose manual and set to 5 minutes.
- Allow to come to pressure, cook, and when complete NPR (natural pressure release) for 2 minutes. Release remaining pressure, and set to saute.
- Add in all cheeses, margarine, garlic powder, salt, and pepper and mix well. Stir consistently until completely melted.
- Turn off saute feature and taste. May add salt and pepper to taste.
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Nutrition InformationYield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 298Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 25mgSodium 810mgCarbohydrates 39gFiber 6gSugar 4gProtein 16g
As with any of our recipes, carb counts, calorie counts, WW points and nutritional information varies greatly. As a result, your nutritional content depends on which products you choose to use when cooking this dish. The auto-calculation is just an automated estimate and should NOT be used for specific dietary needs.
This post is in no way authorized or associated with the Weight Watchers Program.