4. As soon as the 5-minute cooking time is up, manually release the steam. You want to do this right away and not wait so that the noodles don't overcook.
5. Remove the lid and add cream cheese, butter, salt, and pepper. Gently stir to start melting.
6. Add in the shredded cheese. Stir for 1-2 minutes. As you stir, the heat of the noodles and pot will begin to melt the cheese. It will turn into a luscious, thick, and creamy sauce.