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Need a quick meal for a week night that all the kids will love?! Try this simple meal in the Instant Pot. A twist to a traditional Hamburger or Meaty Mac and Cheese. Add a little Ranch to it! Make it a Crack Meaty Mac and Cheese.

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This easy sautรฉ and dump recipe has a full palette of flavors that will please everybody. Even my picky eater son loved this meal! Most nights this boy refuses to eat or will request muffins until we give in!

Just a few ingredients including the magic one of a Ranch packet, a box of mac and cheese and hamburger. This recipe came from my close friends who have 4 kiddos, and they rave about this recipe all the time.

Just a few steps and you are all set. Sautรฉ the meat until it is no longer pink. Add beef broth, boxes of mac and cheese and ranch seasoning. Set the Instant Pot to high pressure for 4 minutes. When it is finished, and quick release. Quick-release means let the pressure go as soon as the items are done cooking. Lastly, finish the mac and cheese directions according to the box and brand of choice.

Dinner is served!

Yield: 10 servings

Instant Pot Ranch Hamburger Mac & Cheese

Instant Pot Ranch Hamburger Mac & Cheese

Flavors that will please everyone in the family including your pickiest eaters. So easy using a box of your favorite mac and cheese. Dump and go.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 19 minutes


  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 2 boxes instant mac and cheese
  • 2 pouches ranch seasoning
  • 4 cups beef broth


  1. Turn instant pot to Sauté. Sauté the ground beef with the ranch seasoning until fully browned.
  2. Once browned, add beef broth, and pasta from boxes. Leave cheese packet aside.
  3. Set to Pressure Cook on High for 4 minutes.
  4. Once finished, quick release and add cheese packet according to instructions on the mac and cheese box.

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