Instant Pot Mac And Cheese With Bacon Meatballs Recipe

by Valerie Gray, From Val's Kitchen

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Instant Pot Mac And Cheese With Bacon Meatballs is a fun way to combine the flavors of two favorites, mac and cheese and a bacon cheeseburger. This one-pot meal is super filling and very easy to make.

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

We do enjoy mac and cheese around here. While I do keep some of the boxed stuff on hand just in case, I like to make it myself at times too. Mac and cheese is so great because it’s so versatile. And cheesy! I don’t know about you but when I think about what goes well with cheese, I often come up with bacon. But then when I think of bacon and cheese, then sometimes I also start thinking about bacon cheeseburgers. So I made a dish that is the best of all of them – Mac And Cheese With Bacon Meatballs. This one-pot meal is super filling and very easy to make. Here’s how I make Instant Pot Mac And Cheese With Bacon Meatballs.

Instant Pot Mac And Cheese With Bacon Meatballs

Equipment Needed

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  • Instant Pot (I used the 6 qt model)
  • large mixing bowl
  • silicone cooking spoon
  • measuring cups

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Ingredients

  • 1.25 lbs ground beef
  • 1 lb elbow macaroni (I used the large elbows)
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 8 oz Velveeta cheese, cut into chunks
  • 4 oz shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup crumbled bacon
  • 1 tsp dried parsley flakes
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup milk

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

Instructions

Place the ground beef and the seasonings into a large mixing bowl and then combine thoroughly.

Form meatballs out of the meat mixture. I made 18 of them. Depending on the size you roll them, you could have between 12-24 meatballs.

Select the saute button and brown the meatballs.

Once the meatballs are browned on all sides remove them and set them aside.

Add the beef broth to the pot and use a silicone spoon to “scrape” the bottom to deglaze the pot.

Add the pasta into the pot and cover as much as possible.

Add the meatballs back into the pot.

Before you place the lid onto the pot, be sure that there isn’t any pasta showing.

Set the Instant Pot to cook on manual high pressure for 6 minutes.

Once the Instant Pot has finished cooking, do a quick pressure release.

Add 8 oz of Velveeta cheese to the pot and stir continually until it’s melted.

Add the 4 oz shredded cheddar cheese to the pot and stir continually until it’s melted.

The cheese mixture will seem very thick, so add the milk while you’re stirring to give it a creamier texture.

Return the meatballs to the pot, or if you prefer leave them set aside to serve on top of the macaroni.

Serve immediately.

If you’re looking for other mac and cheese recipes for the pressure cooker, check out my recipes for Pressure Cooker Mac and Cheese, Instant Pot Italian Mac and Cheese, Instant Pot Bacon Mozzarella Mac and Cheese, Meaty Tomato Mac and Cheese, and Instant Pot Chicken Broccoli Mac and Cheese.

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

Instant Pot Mac And Cheese With Bacon Meatballs

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

Ingredients

  • 1.25 lbs ground beef
  • 1 lb elbow macaroni
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 8 oz Velveeta cheese, cut into chunks
  • 4 oz shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup crumbled bacon
  • 1 tsp dried parsley flakes
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup milk

Instructions

  1. Place the ground beef and the seasonings into a large mixing bowl and then combine thoroughly.
  2. Form meatballs out of the meat mixture. I made 18 of them. Depending on the size you roll them, you could have between 12-24 meatballs.
  3. Select the saute button and brown the meatballs.
  4. Once the meatballs are browned on all sides remove them and set them aside.
  5. Add the beef broth to the pot and use a silicone spoon to "scrape" the bottom to deglaze the pot.
  6. Add the pasta into the pot and cover as much as possible.
  7. Add the meatballs back into the pot.
  8. Before you place the lid onto the pot, be sure that there isn't any pasta showing.
  9. Set the Instant Pot to cook on manual high pressure for 6 minutes.
  10. Once the Instant Pot has finished cooking, do a quick pressure release.
  11. Add 8 oz of Velveeta cheese to the pot and stir continually until it's melted.
  12. Add the 4 oz shredded cheddar cheese to the pot and stir continually until it's melted.
  13. The cheese mixture will seem very thick, so add the milk while you're stirring to give it a creamier texture.
  14. Return the meatballs to the pot, or if you prefer leave them set aside to serve on top of the macaroni.
  15. Serve immediately.

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19 comments

robin rue January 18, 2018 - 7:21 am

Ooooh, I have never had meatballs in my mac & cheese, but I am digging this idea. I KNOW my kids will love it.

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pat. January 18, 2018 - 7:52 am

Velveeta–a southern regional favorite even processed.

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Amber Myers January 18, 2018 - 8:29 am

Yes, bacon! I love when bacon can be added to a dish 😉 I am going to make this soon for dinner. I know everyone will love it.

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Alli Smith January 18, 2018 - 8:38 am

The addition of meatballs sounds like a plan to me! The grandkids love mac and cheese and your recipe takes mac and cheese to a whole new level.

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Jeanette January 18, 2018 - 9:13 am

My family would absolutely devour this. I LOVE my instant pot for recipes like these! This looks SO good!

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candy January 18, 2018 - 9:36 am

We keep meatballs on hand in the freezer for quick and easy meals. Adding them to mac and cheese is something that is always a winner with no leftovers in our home.

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Chubskulit Rose January 18, 2018 - 10:17 am

I asked my son what should I cook yesterday and he said without hesitation, “Mac and Cheese!” This would be a hit for him. I have never tried making it with meatballs.

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Nikki January 18, 2018 - 10:35 am

I love Mac and Cheese, it was the first thing I really learned how to cook. I didn’t know that I could make it in a pressure cooker. I’m definitely going to try that out!

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Kelly Reci January 18, 2018 - 10:50 am

Your recipe suddenly made me want mac and cheese – totally craving it now. Maybe I should call my husband up and suggest it so he can go and buy the ingredients!

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Rosemary Palmer January 18, 2018 - 10:59 am

Look up comfort food and you will see this. With these single digit temps this week, this would be a perfect meal.

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Tomi C January 18, 2018 - 11:23 am

Mac and cheese is one of our family faves and even though I’ve never had it with meatballs, my tastebuds are intrigued. This is one Instant Pot recipe I’m looking forward to trying. Thanks for posting this recipe.

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Kenya @ Kenya Rae January 18, 2018 - 3:14 pm

This sounds like a really interesting combo!

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Sarah Bailey January 18, 2018 - 4:43 pm

Oh my goodness yes please! This sounds like it would be right up my street, I am a huge fan of anything mac and cheese, and bacon meatballs as well YES PLEASE!

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Sarah Honey January 18, 2018 - 8:29 pm

This looks amazing! My family would love this!

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Maureen January 18, 2018 - 9:10 pm

Looks like the perfect dinner on cold evenings! I don’t have instant pot but have been seeing so much great reviews about them.

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Bohemian Babushka January 18, 2018 - 9:16 pm

Betcha if Babushka shows this recipe to BB’s Bunch, grandma will get an Insta Pot. Hmmm… worth a try! Looks delicioso.

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Sapphire Kharyzma January 18, 2018 - 9:26 pm

What a great idea. I would have never thought to add meatballs to my mac and cheese. I love my Instant Pot though!

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Annemarie LeBlanc January 20, 2018 - 1:43 am

Bacon meatballs in mac and cheese? Pure heaven. All my faves in one dish, and what is even better is I can enjoy it in less than half the time! I saved the recipe and I will be adding this to our menu plan for next week.

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Terri Beavers January 20, 2018 - 9:50 am

I’m going to have to send this recipe to my sister. She loves her new Instant Pot and has been asking everyone for recipes. It looks good enough to make me want to buy one.

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