Weight Watchers Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Comfort food on Weight Watchers?  Yes, you can have it when you make this Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese Recipe.  With only 7 SmartPoints per serving, this is a perfect option for a comfort food meal that the entire family will love. You may see links in this post that lead to our sales page of products we recommend. If you purchase through our links, we may earn a commission. Thank you for your support. Instant Pot Recipes are a must and this Instant Pot Macaroni & Cheese is ideal for Weight Watchers! Only 7 SmartPoints per serving, this is a Weight Watchers SmartPoints recipe you'll love! 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.

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 only 1 SmartPoint per slice, and they work wonderfully to melt and provide that comforting cheesy texture you are looking for in a mac and cheese recipe.

I use the 6  quart Instant Pot. I didn’t think I was going to like using an electric pressure cooker, (sale link) but now I am hooked. My poor crockpots are sitting around collecting dust. Which model do you use?

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Ingredients for Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese

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 (must be slices, not the block) 1/4 cup Parmesan, grated 1/4 cup Fat-Free Cheddar, shredded 1 tablespoon margarine 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon black pepper 1 1/2 teaspoon salt Instant Pot Recipes are a must and this Instant Pot Macaroni & Cheese is ideal for Weight Watchers! Only 7 SmartPoints per serving, this is a Weight Watchers SmartPoints recipe you'll love!

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

Yield: 8

Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese Recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 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
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Pour pasta, half and half, and chicken stock into Instant Pot liner and stir.
  2. Place lid on Instant Pot and set to seal.
  3. Choose manual and set to 5 minutes.
  4. Allow to come to pressure, cook, and when complete NPR (natural pressure release) for 2 minutes. Release remaining pressure, and set to saute.
  5. Add in all cheeses, margarine, garlic powder, salt, and pepper and mix well. Stir consistently until completely melted.
  6. Turn off saute feature and taste. May add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Serve

Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Amount Per Serving Calories 243 Saturated Fat 1g Cholesterol 8mg Sodium 740mg Carbohydrates 39g Sugar 3g Protein 12g
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.

Makes 8 servings 7 SmartPoints per serving on Beyond the Scale, FreeStyle, and Flex Plans

Weight Watchers Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

I use the current SmartPoints plan and this calculates at 7 SmartPoints per serving.  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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Michele is a married mom of 3 adult children. She is currently enjoying spending time with her husband in the empty nest. Michele can be found working on a healthy lifestyle, camping or having some frugal fun. Not necessarily in that order!

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19 Comments

  • Reply
    Deborah Worley
    August 28, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    What is an instant pot????

    • Reply
      Michele Brosius
      August 28, 2017 at 8:33 pm

      HI Deborah, an Instant Pot is an electric pressure cooker. Here’s the exact model I have from my Amazon sale link. http://amzn.to/2wdzpqC
      We use it for everything from breakfast to dinner. It’s now my favorite kitchen appliance. My crockpots are pretty much collecting dust now.

      Thanks for asking~

  • Reply
    Joyce V. Hansen
    October 27, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    OMG! I almost scrolled right over this search result. Then I saw the magic words “Instant Pot” (this is me singing them) Can’t wait to try it. I am selling my other appliances, rice cooker, crook pots, etc. I am so happy with this pressure cooker, I have a t-fal stove top cooker that I was afraid to use until I got the IP. Now I use both! Thank you and how can I follow you on your Blog? (I’m new)

  • Reply
    Amy P
    February 17, 2018 at 10:29 am

    Do you think this would still be good if you used evaporated milk? Any idea on the increase/decrease in points?

    • Reply
      Michele Brosius
      February 17, 2018 at 11:50 pm

      Hello Amy, 1 cup fat free evaporated milk is 8 points vs 6 points in fat free half and half. So the points would most likely stay the same or may increase it to 8 points per serving. You can put all of the ingredients in the WW recipe builder to confirm. Thanks!

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    Tracy Szente
    March 1, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    I made this last night and my family loved it! Thank you for the recipe it’s so wonderful to make a nice meal that’s points friendly and family friendly. I shared this with a couple of friends doing ww freestyle with me so prepare for more happy comments 😊

    • Reply
      Michele Brosius
      March 1, 2018 at 6:45 pm

      Thank you Tracy! I am glad your family enjoyed it. I appreciate you stopping by.

  • Reply
    Michelle Musgrave
    April 3, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    My family loves this recipe! For some reason I have two version six saved from your website, one with 3 cups chicken stock and another with 4. I haven’t tried it with just the 3 cups, will it make much a difference in the results? Thank you

    • Reply
      Michele Brosius
      April 3, 2018 at 10:09 pm

      Thanks for stopping by. Glad you family likes the recipe. It’s 4 cups. I think 3 is a typeo. I’ll fix that up. Thanks

  • Reply
    Julia
    April 12, 2018 at 9:38 am

    Hi,

    Would this be ok using vegetable stock instead of chicken stock? To make it vegetarian.
    Thank you

    • Reply
      Michele Brosius
      April 14, 2018 at 6:26 pm

      Of course vegetable stock would be just fine. Thanks for asking!

  • Reply
    Anna
    May 22, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    Could I half this. Recepi cook it in mini instant pot. Would time and cooking instruction remain the same.

  • Reply
    Sarah D.
    March 21, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was fantastic! So creamy and cheesy! I love Mac and cheese but haven’t eaten much of it since being on WW because of the high point value in most recipes. This is point friendly and you don’t have to sacrifice on the taste – it’s a win win! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Reply
    Brienne
    March 31, 2019 at 10:21 am

    Is there any kind of cheese you can use instead of the velveeta “cheese”?

    • Reply
      Michele Brosius
      April 5, 2019 at 10:12 am

      You can use any cheese you like, it will just change the point count. Good luck! Thanks Michele

  • Reply
    Debbie Gaydos
    June 12, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    I’m making this right now, it looks really good! I’m assuming the grated Parmesan and shredded cheddar go in after the natural release, along with the Velveeta slices?

    • Reply
      Michele Brosius
      June 12, 2019 at 12:50 pm

      Yes. All cheese after the natural release. Thanks for pointing that out. I’ll fix it up!

  • Reply
    Ellen
    September 12, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    I’ve made this twice now and it’s delicious but there a couple things that I found out. The instructions do not say to drain the pasta. If you don’t, there’s too much liquid. Also, quick release with pasta can spew pasta residue everywhere so just inlet it release on its own. Also, if you don’t have instapot liners, you need to use oil to coat the pot.

    There are no servings listed so I’m assuming about 1 cup is 7 points?

    I used 2% milk out of convenience and vegetable stock and it was fantastic. Thanks for the recipe. I just wanted to provide My feedback. This recipe is a keeper!

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