Instant Pot Mac and Cheese with Kielbasa - Pressure cooker mac and cheese with smoked Polish sausage in a creamy cheddar cheese sauce. It's a delicious spin on my classic Instant Pot Mac and Cheese.
Who can argue the convenience and deliciousness of Instant pot mac n cheese. It might just be the easiest pressure cooked meal among my dinner recipe collection. There’s no prep, just dump ingredients, press ’start’, and go do stuff. When it’s done, slice the Kielbasa, add a few ingredients and you have a scrumptious spin on everyone's favorite macaroni and cheese!
Instant Pot Mac n Cheese with Kielbasa Ingredients
- ziti pasta (or macaroni noodles)
- butter (or olive oil)
- kielbasa (or smoked sausage)
- Dijon mustard
- cheddar cheese
How to make mac and cheese with Kielbasa in the Instant Pot
* get full printable recipe below
- Add dry pasta, water, kielbasa, and butter to the Instant Pot
- Cook on HIGH pressure for 2 minutes with 10 minute (NPR) natural pressure release.
- Open the lid, remove Kielbasa, slice it, and return it to the pasta.
- Add milk, Dijon, and cheese. Gently stir the pasta until the cheese melts and sauce becomes creamy. Serve warm
What is Kielbasa?
It’s a Polish sausage that’s usually packaged for retail and sold at most grocery stores. This savory sausage is pre-cooked, but can be grilled, baked, boiled, or fried, and used an any number of dishes to enhance flavor and texture. In this recipe, we simply pressure cook it with the pasta, slice it, and add it back to the mac and cheese.
Can I use smoked sausage in place of Kielbasa in mac n cheese?
Yes. You can substitute a non-Kielbasa smoked sausage in equal amounts. Some might use it in place of Kielbasa for flavor, texture, or limited availability.
Why we love pressure cooker mac and cheese with Kielbasa
- budget-friendly comfort food in under 30 minutes
- takes mac and cheese to a whole new level
- perfect dinner recipe for busy weeknights
- delicious and satisfying for the whole family
- dump-start recipe with no prep required
- no special cooking skills needed
- instant pot
- chef knife (or any knife) and cutting board
- stirring / serving utensil
- airtight storage container
More 30 minute Instant Pot Dinner Recipes
- Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
- Instant Pot Chicken Burrito Bowl
- Instant Pot Tuna Casserole
- Taco Pasta (Instant Pot or Stove)
- Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo
- Lasagna Soup for Instant Pot or Stove
- Italian Sausage Soup with Orzo
Instant Pot Mac and Cheese with Kielbasa
- 8 oz Ziti Pasta Noodles, or Macaroni Noodles
- 2 cups Water
- 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
- 2 Kielbasa Links, about 4 oz each
- 1 Tbsp Butter, cut into cubes
Mac and Cheese Sauce Ingredients
- 1/3 cup Milk
- 2 tsp Dijon Mustard, optional
- 2 cups Cheddar Cheese, 8 oz shredded
- 1 Tbsp Fresh Parsley, optional for garnish
For the pasta and sausage
- Add DRY PASTA, WATER, and SALT to the Instant Pot. Push pasta under the water to submerge it.
- Place KIELBASA sausages on top of the pasta. Scatter BUTTER in the pot.
- Secure the lid; turn pressure valve to "Sealing" and pressure cook on HIGH for 2 minutes followed by a full 10-minute natural pressure release (NPR). *See recipe notes
- Safely turn pressure valve to "venting" position and release any remaining steam. Open the lid, transfer KIELBASA to a plate, slice into 1/4" pieces, and add back to the pasta.
For the mac and cheese sauce
- Add MILK, DIJON, and CHEDDAR CHEESE to the pasta, gently stirring until the cheese melts and sauce becomes creamy. * See recipe footnote about adding more cheese
Mac and cheese storage and reheat instructions
- Store mac and cheese in an airtight container up to five days in the refrigerator.To reheat, add a splash of liquid to moisten the macaroni and reheat via stove or microwave, stirring as needed.
- Thicker pasta (macaroni, penne, rotini, etc) gets 2 minutes + 10 minute NPR.
- Thinner pasta (shell, spaghetti noodles) gets 1 minute + 10 minute NPR.
Nutrition data provided as courtesy estimates using unbranded ingredients from a nutrition database. Please consult preferred resource for precise data.