Queso Mac and Cheese, Instant Pot

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  1. 2 T butter
  2. 1/3 c red onion finely diced
  3. 1/2 lb small pasta noodle, such as shells or elbow macaroni
  4. 1 2/3 c water
  5. 1 (10 oz) can tomatoes with green chiles, (Rotel)
  6. 8 oz Velveeta cheese cut into cubes
  7. 1/3 c whole milk, more as needed
  8. 1/3 c cilantro roughly chopped, optional


  1. Add butter to Instant Pot, and melt on saute function.
  2. Add onions, and saute until softened.
  3. Add pasta, water, and tomatoes to pot.
  4. Cook on high pressure for 6 minutes. When timer is up, quick release.
  5. Instant Pot should switch to keep warm mode.
  6. Stir in cubed Velveeta, and milk. Stir until cheese is melted. Add additional milk in small quantities if necessary to reach desired consistency.
  7. Garnish with cilantro, optional. Serve immediately.

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Serves: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Type of Food: Pasta Dish,Vegetarian
Ethnicity/Origin: Mexican
Difficulty: 1 - Easy
Make Ahead: No
Prep Method: Instant Pot
Themes/Holidays: Cinco de Mayo

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