How to Make Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

This is by far the only way I will ever make Mac-n-cheese again!  Instant Pot Mac and Cheese is easy, delicious and tastes better than any box you will encounter!  Step by Step instructions on How to Make Instant Pot Mac and Cheese is quick and makes a good amount to feed hungry people!

Instant Pot Macaroni & Cheese Recipe. Easy, delicious and better than a box!

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I hear over and over again that someone bought an electronic pressure cooker but then it sat in the box on their counter for weeks, even months at a time because they felt intimated by it.  To help ease the intimidation, I posted my Tips & Tricks for an Instant Pot Beginner.  Pretty much explaining some key terms and looking at what it can do for you!

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Creamy Instant Pot Mac & Cheese Recipe

So now that you are not quite BFF’s with your pot but you are ready to share them a seat on the bus next to you…let’s get started with a recipe.  This Delicious Instant Pot Mac and Cheese is the perfect start!  It’s creamy, flavorful and so much better than any box I have had before!  It’s the perfect recipe to get more acquainted with your Instant Pot.

 

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

How to Make Instant Pot Mac and Cheese Recipe

 

Start out with an empty pot and add in 1 lb (a whole box) of your favorite dry pasta noodles.  I love the cavatappi because they are easy for my small people to eat.

How to Make Mac & Cheese in an Instant Pot

Then you will add 4 cups of broth.  I used chicken broth.  You can also use stock.  Since we are not draining it, the extra flavor of the broth/stock is amazing!

 

How to Make Macaroni and cheese in an instant pot

Add 2 tablespoons of butter and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.

How to make mac n cheese in an instant pot

Pop on your lid. Make sure the knob on top is to “sealing”.  Press the “Manual” button and then use the “+ or -” buttons to get to 4 (for 4 minutes).  The IP will wait a few seconds to know you are finished pressing buttons and the display will read “On” as it beeps several times.

How to make Instant Pot Mac & cheese

Once the IP reaches pressure it will start counting down from 4 to 0.  It will beep again a series of times to let you know that it’s done!  You will now use a spoon to flip the knob from sealing to “venting”.

Note:  If you happen to let it natural pressure release that’s totally OK.  I have made this several times and once I let it NPR all the way to no pressure and it was just as great as when I quick released it.  So this recipe is kind of foolproof!

Remove your lid and give it a stir.  Add 1 more tablespoon of butter along with 12 ounces heavy cream and one of the three cups of your cheese.  You will want to add the cheese 1 cup at a time mixing well in between additions.

How to make Instant Pot Macaroni & Cheese

Once that is mixed well, add another cup, mix again and then your last cup and mix until creamy.

How to make instant pot mac and cheese

Instant Pot Mac & Cheese Recipe - Instant Pot Recipe for Beginners

Now you can add any toppings you like.  My kids like bacon.  Big surprise, I know!

The Best Instant Pot Mac & Cheese Recipe

There you have it!  You did it!  You made delicious Mac & Cheese in the Instant Pot!  That wasn’t too bad, right?  Now, what can we make next?

Instant Pot Mac-and-Cheese Recipe

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
Creamy, Cheesy Mac & Cheese made in the Instant Pot is not only EASY but will be your new favorite!
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Servings 10 Servings
Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 4 minutes Servings 10 Servings
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Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
Creamy, Cheesy Mac & Cheese made in the Instant Pot is not only EASY but will be your new favorite!
Votes: 7
Rating: 4
You:
Rate this recipe!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Servings 10 Servings
INGREDIENTS
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Add 1 lb (whole box) of dry pasta, broth and 2 tablespoons butter to instant pot pan. Stir to make sure pasta is not stuck together or to the bottom of the pan.
  2. Place lid on Instant Pot, Cook on Manual for 4 minutes. Carefully Quick Release Pressure.
  3. To cooked noodles, add remaining butter, 1 cup of cheese, and heavy cream and mix until cheese is fully melted.
  4. Add cheese 1 cup at a time stirring well in between additions so that cheese fully melts and incorporates in pasta
  5. Add any toppings you like and enjoy!
INGREDIENTS
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Add 1 lb (whole box) of dry pasta, broth and 2 tablespoons butter to instant pot pan. Stir to make sure pasta is not stuck together or to the bottom of the pan.
  2. Place lid on Instant Pot, Cook on Manual for 4 minutes. Carefully Quick Release Pressure.
  3. To cooked noodles, add remaining butter, 1 cup of cheese, and heavy cream and mix until cheese is fully melted.
  4. Add cheese 1 cup at a time stirring well in between additions so that cheese fully melts and incorporates in pasta
  5. Add any toppings you like and enjoy!
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20 Responses
  • Brittany
    October 8, 2017

    My first Instant Pot recipe and it was easy and delicious. Took the intimidation out of using the Instant Pot for the first time. Thank you!

  • Linda
    November 4, 2017

    Did you use the bagged pre shredded cheese or shred your own cheese?

    • Cheryl Spangenberg
      November 5, 2017

      Hi Linda! I did use the bagged pre-shredded cheese! Makes my life easier!

  • Kathy
    November 5, 2017

    Can this recipe be halved? Will it freeze well?

    • Cheryl Spangenberg
      November 5, 2017

      Hi Kathy! You can certainly halve the recipe. I have not had any leftovers so I am not certain on the freezing but I would think it would freeze fine?!

  • marcia
    December 18, 2017

    Can you fit a double batch in the 6 qt IP?

    • Cheryl Spangenberg
      December 19, 2017

      Hi Marcia, I have not tried it myself so I do not know! The single batch makes a lot and it’s only 4 minutes so maybe you can just make another batch right after the first?

  • Amy
    December 19, 2017

    I love this recipe – my whole family does!! But, I have it pinned on Pinterest and now it’s telling me it’s blocked because the link redirects. Is there a way to fix that so it can be on Pinterest?

    • Cheryl Spangenberg
      December 19, 2017

      Hi Amy, that’s a pinterest problem right now. There is nothing I can do about it unfortunately. Hopefully they work out that kink soon!

  • Tasha
    December 20, 2017

    Can I use one cheese not 2?

  • Melissa
    January 10, 2018

    Did you use the 6 quart pot?

  • Evelyn
    January 27, 2018

    Curious… I will be doing gluten free from now on to get away from wheat so I would like to find recipes like this that I might be able to use GF pasta in. Have you ever tried this recipe or know of anyone who tried it with GF pasta? Thanks!

  • Cindy
    February 18, 2018

    This looks delicious. I have an 8 quart though. Do I have to add a different amount of liquid to use this recipe?

    • Cheryl Spangenberg
      February 20, 2018

      Hi Cindy! Great question! You do not need to alter the recipe in any way for the 8 quart. The only differences you may encounter is that it could take longer to reach pressure. Otherwise you are good to go!

  • Michelle
    April 4, 2018

    I’ve made this a few times and we LOVE it! Goes great with ribs!

    If I wanted to half the recipe, would I need to alter the cook time as well?

    • Cheryl Spangenberg
      April 5, 2018

      Cook time would be the same Michelle! Instant Pot cook times are a bit backwards. Times depends on the size of the food, not the quantity! So noodle size stays the same so same time!! I am so glad you love this recipe!

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