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Instant Pot Shells and Cheese

Instant Pot Shells and Cheese with Velveeta is creamy and extremely easy to make in the Instant Pot. Even the picky eaters go for seconds and thirds.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Instant Pot Shells and Cheese, quick and easy dinner, Velveeta shells and cheese
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 387kcal
Author: Meghna
Cost: $2


  • 8 oz Shell Pasta **Medium. 227 g.
  • 6 oz Velveeta **170g
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 cup Milk **I used whole milk.
  • 2 slices American Cheese **I used white. Read NOTES below
  • 2 cups Water or Chicken Stock


  • Pour the water or chicken stock into the steel insert of the Instant pot. Add salt and black pepper powder.
  • Add the medium shells into the steel insert spreading them into a single layer. Throw in the butter.
  • PRESSURE COOK on HIGH for just 3 minutes for al dente pasta with a bite or for 5 mins for softer shells.
  • Once the pressure cooking cycle is over immediately perform a quick pressure release (QPR) by manually moving the valve from the sealing to the venting position. Open the lid carefully when the floating pin drops.
  • Turn back the SAUTE function and set it on LOW heat. Add milk, give everything a good stir.
  • Add the Velveeta (diced into small cubes) and stir well until the Velveeta uniformly incorporates and melts completely.
  • TURN OFF the Instant Pot and add the American cheese slices. Stir well to mix well, until the cheese fully melts. The insanely creamy Shells and Cheese is ready. You can adjust the consistency at this point and keep it the way you love - saucy or dry.



  1. Milk: You can use either whole milk or even fat free ones.
  2. Extra creamy shells and cheese: Replace the milk with half and half.
  3. American Cheese slices: You can sub it with grated cheddar or Monterey Jack. I would add about 1/3 cups.
  4. Shells and Cheese consistency: Today's recipe is neither dry nor saucy. If you love saucy shells and cheese increase the amount of milk as per your liking.
Calorific details are provided by a third party application & are to be used as indicative figures only.
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Shells and Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 387 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 39mg13%
Sodium 891mg39%
Potassium 327mg9%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 654IU13%
Calcium 400mg40%
Iron 1mg6%
* Read our privacy policy - Calorie information is provided as a courtesy only and should be leveraged as an estimate rather than a guarantee.Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Calories: 387kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 891mg | Potassium: 327mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 654IU | Calcium: 400mg | Iron: 1mg