Gluten Free, Vegetarian

Champagne Dill Mac-n-Cheese

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If you love mac-n-cheese but want to shake things up a bit, you need to try this gluten-free instant pot Champagne Dill Mac-n-Cheese! It’s deliciously delicate and super creamy with a hint of zing (thank you, mustard!). A delicious twist on a classic dish. And a real must-try for any mac-n-cheese connoisseur!

ingredients for champagne dill macaroni and cheese, including mustard, dill, champagne, salt, evaporated milk, shredded cheese, gluten free pasta, and an instant pot, all sitting on a large wood cutting board

Why Instant Pots are so great

Our instant pot is a key appliance in my kitchen these days. We currently have a Smart WiFi Instant Pot at our house, and I absolutely love it! It’s easy to use, easy to clean, and so versatile, I love it so much! Plus, this multi-cooker is controllable from your smartphone. It fits right into the smart-home set-up that runs throughout our house.

Pasta dishes like this Champagne Dill Mac-n-Cheese cook so quickly in an instant pot, dinner is literally ready in just minutes! And the best part about this recipe? Almost no clean-up is needed! You can mix all the ingredients directly in the inner pot. And you only need measuring spoons if you want to be exact with your spices. However, this is a great recipe to eyeball and measure according to your personal preferences. The key thing is to make sure the pasta is fully (but just only) submerged in water when cooking. Other than that, feel free to let your creative juices flow!

Start easy, then get complex

My husband bought our instant pot for me as a Christmas gift several years ago, but it took me a good ten months before I used it for the first time. Once I did, I couldn’t believe what I had been missing! It is a great tool to have when you’re short on time (or clean prep bowls, clean pots, clean pans…you get the picture!).

Admittedly, it took me a few tries to get comfortable with the instant pot. I started out trying to make very complex recipes and quickly realized that using an instant pot is kinda like riding a bike. Don’t expect to be able to do all the fancy tricks with ease on day one. But, it’s a really easy tool to pick-up with just a little practice. So if you’re new to using an instant pot, I recommend starting with simple and basic recipes (like this one for Champagne Dill Mac-n-Cheese!) to help you fall in love and get excited!

Keep it simple (silly!)

Some of the benefits of using an instant pot (like it being a time saver) are multiplied when you choose to cook recipes that don’t require much food prep. As is true with most of my recipes, all of the ingredients for Champagne Dill Mac-n-Cheese can easily and cheaply be purchased from your local grocery store already prepped. This saves time without needing to spend extravagant amounts of money and truly makes this such an easy dish to make any night of the week!

Check out the recipe below and don’t forget to rate it!

Champagne Dill Mac-n-Cheese

4 from 1 vote
Recipe by Jenn Cook
Servings

6

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

5

minutes
Total time

15

minutes

A delicious twist on a classic dish. Shake things up a bit with this gluten-free instant pot Champagne Dill Mac-n-Cheese. It’s deliciously delicate and super creamy with a hint of zing (thank you, mustard!). A real must-try for any mac-n-cheese connoisseur!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups water

  • 1/2 cup champagne

  • 1 tbsp yellow mustard

  • 1 tbsp dill

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 12 oz dry gluten-free pasta

  • 1 cup evaporated milk

  • 2 cups Colby-Jack shredded cheese

Directions

  • In the instant pot inner pot, add the water, champagne, mustard, dill, and salt and whisk together until thoroughly combined.
  • Add the pasta to the inner pot and stir until the pasta is fully covered and submerged in the flavored water.
  • Secure the lid and set the pressure valve to the “sealing” position. Set the instant pot to pressure cook on High Pressure for 5 minutes.
  • Once the pasta is done cooking, immediately move the pressure valve to the “venting” position to quick-release the pressure.
  • Once fully vented, remove the inner pot and add the milk. Stir until thoroughly combined.
  • Add the cheese to the inner pot and stir until thoroughly combined and sauce becomes creamy.

Notes

  • Depending on what type of pasta you use, you may need a little more or little less water.

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