Instant Pot Bacon Tomato Mac And Cheese Recipe

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Instant Pot Bacon Tomato Mac And Cheese is a creamy comfort food that works as a side or main. This simple one-pot recipe will become a family favorite.

Instant Pot Bacon Tomato Mac And Cheese Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Instant Pot Bacon Tomato Mac And Cheese

How do you take one of everyone’s favorite comfort foods and make it even better? Add bacon of course! Bacon Tomato Mac And Cheese is a creamy bowl of comfort food that works perfectly as a side or main dish. You’re surely familiar with the super popular BLT sandwich, so you already know how well bacon and tomato go together. Adding tomatoes gives a flavor boost to this cheesy dish. This simple recipe results in a flavorful dish that will become a family favorite.

This recipe makes 6-8 servings

Equipment Needed

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb thick sliced bacon
  • 1 lb elbow macaroni
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 1x 28 oz can petite diced tomatoes, drained
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup light cream

Instant Pot Bacon Tomato Mac And Cheese Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Instructions

Plug the Instant Pot pressure cooker in and select the saute setting.

Cut the bacon into pieces. (I usually work about 3 strips at a time, cutting the batch of 3 into 8-9 pieces each using kitchen shears.)

Place the bacon into the pot.

Stirring occasionally with a silicone slotted spoon, saute the bacon until it’s cooked, which will take somewhere between 15-20 minutes. If you want to skip this step use precooked bacon or cook the bacon another way.

Once the bacon is cooked, remove it from the pot with a handheld strainer and set aside on paper towels.

If you are using the regular pot and not the nonstick pot you will need to deglaze or clean the bottom of the pot. It is very possible and somewhat likely that the bottom of the pot will have a layer of bacon bits and grease. This layer is quickly and easily removed using soap and water. Dry the pot thoroughly before returning to the base of the pressure cooker.

Pour the broth into the pot.

Add the elbow macaroni to the pot, making sure as much of it as possible is covered with broth.

Drain most of the liquid from the diced tomatoes and add the tomatoes to the pot.

Add the Italian seasoning to the pot and gently stir into the broth.

Put the cover onto the pressure cooker and set to cook on manual high pressure for 5 minutes.

Once the cooking time has ended do a quick pressure release.

Pour the cream into the pot.

Add the shredded cheese to the pot.

Stir well with a silicone cooking spoon until the cheese has melted and become smooth.

Add the bacon to the pot.

Stir immediately.

Serve and enjoy!

Instant Pot Bacon Tomato Mac And Cheese Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Instant Pot Bacon Tomato Mac And Cheese

Instant Pot Bacon Tomato Mac And Cheese Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Instructions

Plug the pressure cooker in and select the saute setting. Cut the bacon into pieces. (I usually work about 3 strips at a time, cutting the batch of 3 into 8-9 pieces each using kitchen shears.) Place the bacon into the pot. Stirring occasionally with a silicone slotted spoon, saute the bacon until it's cooked, which will take somewhere between 15-20 minutes. If you want to skip this step use precooked bacon or cook the bacon another way. Once the bacon is cooked, remove it from the pot and set aside on paper towels. If you are using the regular pot and not the nonstick pot you will need to deglaze or clean the bottom of the pot. It is very possible and somewhat likely that the bottom of the pot will have a layer of bacon bits and grease. This layer is quickly and easily removed using soap and water. Dry the pot thoroughly before returning to the base of the pressure cooker. Pour the broth into the pot. Add the elbow macaroni to the pot, making sure as much of it as possible is covered with broth. Drain most of the liquid from the diced tomatoes and add the tomatoes to the pot. Add the seasoning to the pot and gently stir into the broth. Put the cover onto the pressure cooker and set to cook on manual high pressure for 5 minutes. Once the cooking time has ended do a quick pressure release. Pour the cream into the pot. Add the shredded cheese to the pot. Stir well until the cheese has melted and become smooth. Add the bacon to the pot. Stir immediately. Serve and enjoy!

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    14 comments

    Melissa Damiani July 4, 2019 - 3:23 pm

    This sounds a-mazing! I am crazy about Mac and Cheese and my husband will appreciate the bacon! And, thanks for being so thorough. I’m the kind of person who needs the full set of instructions lol! Melissa Damiani | Gratitude Grace Glamour

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    Mellissa Williams July 4, 2019 - 3:57 pm

    Now I love mac and cheese but you’ve just made it even better. This dish sounds absolutely amazing, the perfect comfort food.

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    michelle twin mum July 4, 2019 - 4:28 pm

    I’ve never tried it with tomatoes added, so I’ll have to give it a go, macaroni cheese is the kids favourite. Mich x

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    Elizabeth Williams July 4, 2019 - 5:38 pm

    Can’t beat mac and cheese for comfort food. Never tried it with bacon and tomatoes but will do now as your recipe sounds and looks delicious.

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    Krizzia Scollon July 5, 2019 - 12:43 am

    This looks really delicious!

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    Sarah Bailey July 5, 2019 - 9:10 am

    OK now this sounds like it would be right up my street! What an absolutely delicious idea, I have to admit I love mac and cheese and bacon always adds a delicious side flavour, amazing the things you can make in an instant pot.

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    Rhian westbury July 5, 2019 - 2:20 pm

    I swear every recipe you come up with is just a little bit of me. I love Mac and cheese, and what can make it better?! bacon of course x

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    Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen July 5, 2019 - 5:32 pm

    Bacon tomato sounds really good in mac and cheese!

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    Bella B (xoxoBella) July 5, 2019 - 6:03 pm

    One of my best purchases was my instant pot! Love this recipe…well any recipe…that has bacon on the ingredient list! 🙂

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    Winsze July 6, 2019 - 5:21 am

    Yum sounds like the perfect comfort food – mac and cheese, bacon and tomato. Plus this would be great for batch cooking. I’m always looking for new recipes as I get quite bored eating the same dishes every night. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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    Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too July 7, 2019 - 5:47 am

    I’ve heard such great things about instant pots, with this recipe being another example of why I need one in my life

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    Kara July 7, 2019 - 8:08 am

    Oh Yummy, this looks and sounds delicious

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    Karin July 8, 2019 - 10:21 am

    This looks insanely good! We don’t have an instant pot yet but I’m saving this for when we get one!

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    Lise December 5, 2019 - 6:19 pm

    Are you supposed to drain the broth after it’s cooked before adding the cheese and cream? I made this and boy way too much liquid

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