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Weight Watchers Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

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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.

A bowl full of the finished Mac and cheese ready to eat.

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.  

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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

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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.

a look at two bowls full of of Mac and cheese made in the instant pot ready to enjoy.

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 SmartPoints per serving on Beyond the Scale, FreeStyle, and Flex Plans 

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.  

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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.

Do you have myWW Points for this mac and cheese?

The new plan has three levels as well know, blue, green, and purple. Here is the points breakdown for the three color system so you can check out how this recipe fits into your particular plan!

points bubbles showing 2 for purple, 6 for green and blue

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Yield: 8

Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

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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!

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
  • salt to taste

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

Notes

6 Points on Blue, 2 Points on Purple, 6 Points on Green

Nutrition Information

Yield

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 recipe is in no way authorized or associated with the Weight Watchers Program.

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ruth

Thursday 11th of February 2021

What is fat free half and half and where do you get it from?

Michele Brosius

Monday 15th of February 2021

Fat free half and half is sold in the dairy section with the milk and cream. Thanks

Emilee

Tuesday 28th of July 2020

If you don’t have a instant pot, would a slow cooker work? Thanks for reading and responding in advance(:

Michele Brosius

Sunday 2nd of August 2020

Yes. I would cook pasta in chicken stock. Drain and reserve 1 cup of stock. Add pasta, reserved stock, and all other ingredients to a slow cooker with a liner or sprayed with non-cook spray and cook on low for 3 to 4 hours. (keep an eye on it, depending on your crock pot) Thanks!

Rebecca

Sunday 9th of February 2020

Made it and it was very tasty and filling. At first it was more loose than I expected but once it set for a few minutes it thickened up.

Michele Brosius

Wednesday 12th of February 2020

Glad it worked out and you enjoyed it.

Ellen

Thursday 12th of September 2019

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!

Debbie Gaydos

Wednesday 12th of June 2019

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?

Michele Brosius

Wednesday 12th of June 2019

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

This recipe or post is in no way authorized or associated with the Weight Watchers or myWW Program.

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