Low carb Instant Pot Cauliflower Mac and Cheese. The BEST mac and cheese I’ve ever had. CREAMY, easy, and healthy, and you can’t taste the veggies! Riced cauliflower mixed with whole wheat pasta, in the best mac and cheese sauce. One of our favorite pressure cooker recipes!
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Instant Pot Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Yield: 8 servings, about 12 cups
Total Time:
30 mins
Instant Pot Cauliflower Mac and Cheese. CREAMY, easy, and healthy, and you can’t taste the veggies! Great for easy, healthy dinners.


  • 1 medium/large head cauliflower
  • 16 ounces whole wheat pasta — elbows, shells, rotini, or similar
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 2 cups freshly grated melty flavorful cheese — such as cheddar, gruyere, provolone, fontina, gouda, or a mix, divided (about 8 ounces; I used half extra-sharp white cheddar and half provolone)
  • 8 to 12 ounces 2% evaporated milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Prep the cauliflower: Cut the cauliflower into large florets, then shred with the large side of a box grater. For quicker grating, place cut florets in a large food processor fitted with a steel blade, then pulse until the cauliflower resembles small grains of rice. The smaller the pieces of cauliflower, the more it will blend in with the mac and cheese. You will have about 4 cups of riced cauliflower total.
  2. Place the pasta, cauliflower, 3 1/2 cups water, butter, and salt in a 6-quart or larger Instant Pot or pressure cooker. Stir well. Set to cook on high pressure (manual) for 4 minutes.
  3. As soon as the timer goes off, release the steam using the valve on top. Dot the cream cheese in small pieces over the top, then gently stir in the shredded cheese, 8 ounces evaporated milk, garlic powder, and black pepper. If the mac and cheese seems too thick, stir in a little more evaporated milk or water, until your desired consistency is reached. Taste and add additional salt and pepper as desired (I added one generous additional pinch salt). Serve hot.

Recipe Notes

  • To make in a slow cooker (NOTE: I have not yet tried this, so it would be an experiment! This is my best-guess method.): To the slow cooker, add the pasta, cauliflower, 8 ounces evaporated milk, 3 1/2 cups water, salt, garlic powder, and pepper. Cook on low for 3 to 4 hours, until most of the liquid is absorbed. Check periodically and if the noodles seem too dry, add a bit of water as needed. Stir in the shredded cheese and cream cheese. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.
  • I don't recommend gluten-free pasta, as it breaks down and becomes very gummy.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Instant Pot Dinner, Healthy Mac and Cheese Recipe, Instant Pot Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 (of 8), about 1 1/2 generous cups) — Calories: 378, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 39mg, Sodium: 451mg, Carbohydrates: 48g, Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 7g, Protein: 18g

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