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Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

This easy Instant Pot Mac and Cheese recipe is made in just 10 minutes!

scoop of instant pot mac and cheese

Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese is a game changer!

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese is the recipe that turned me from an instant pot skeptic to a big fan! This recipe basically blew my mind. Insanely creamy, cheesy, crazy delicious homemade mac and cheese made in just ten minutes. So delicious, so simple, and so little clean up.

Ingredients you will need

  • elbow macaroni noodles: this recipe has not been tested with another kind of noodle, you will need to research cook times if you change the type of pasta.
  • vegetable broth: or chicken broth
  • water
  • butter
  • freshly grated cheese: bagged shredded cheese is not a substitute
  • heavy cream
  • salt, pepper, garlic powder
ingredients needed to make instant pot macaroni and cheese

What kind of cheese can I use?

For this recipe, I use good quality freshly grated sharp cheddar and parmesan cheese for best creaminess and taste. We love this flavor combination for mac and cheese, but you can also use all sharp cheddar cheese. You can experiment using different cheeses for new flavors, I just suggest using a quality cheese that you grate yourself for best results!

How to make Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

  1. Add the uncooked macaroni noodles, vegetable broth, spices, and water to the instant pot.
  2. Cube the butter and stir it in
  3. Place the lid on, set the valve to sealing, and set the instant pot to manual for four minutes. Once the 4 minutes are up, do a quick release.
  4. Once the quick release is finished and the pin has dropped, safely open the lid and stir in the heavy cream and shredded cheese until creamy.
an instant pot full of macaroni and cheese

We have made this instant pot mac and cheese for a Thanksgiving side dish which cut down on cook time and was a breeze to throw in 15 minutes before the big meal was served. It’s great for quick meals or a side dish that you can have ready in minutes!

instant pot mac and cheese in a bowl

How do you keep mac and cheese warm in the Instant Pot?

After the macaroni and cheese has finished cooking, switch the Instant Pot over to the “keep warm” mode until you are ready to eat. Note that this should only be used for a short amount of time, or it could cause the pasta to dry out.

Storing leftovers

  • Storing: Store leftover mac and cheese in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days.
  • Reheating: To reheat, either microwave the pasta or place it in a sauce pan with a small amount of milk to help loosen the cheese sauce up.
spoon taking a scoop of instant pot mac and cheese
instant pot mac and cheese in a bowl
scoop of instant pot mac and cheese

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

Joy Shull
This easy instant pot mac and cheese recipe is so creamy and delicious!
4.51 from 449 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Instant Pot Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 535 kcal


  • 2 ½ cups uncooked elbow macaroni noodles
  • 2 cups vegetable broth or chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons butter cut into cubes
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese freshly grated
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese freshly grated
  • cup heavy cream


  • Add the uncooked macaroni, vegetable or chicken broth, water, butter, garlic powder, pepper, and salt to the Instant Pot. 
  • Place the lid on the pot and set to sealing. Cook on manual function for 4 minutes. 
  • Once the 4 minutes is up, do a quick release
  • Stir in heavy cream and cheese and stir until creamy.



It is important to use freshly grated cheese. We used 2 cups of freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese and 1 cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese, but you can use any kind of cheeses that you like


Calories: 535kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 23gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 17gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 79mgSodium: 978mgPotassium: 191mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 1044IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 488mgIron: 1mg
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Recipe Rating


Tuesday 24th of October 2023

Can this be done in a crock pot instead?

Joy Shull

Saturday 28th of October 2023

This recipe is not made for crock pot use


Saturday 15th of July 2023

I love it! Does it freeze well? If so how long does it take to thaw?

Joy Shull

Monday 24th of July 2023

I have not tried freezing it, but typically mac and cheese does not reheat the same once frozen.

Leah Naylor

Monday 7th of November 2022

I use fat free evaporated milk, much healthier and a lot less calories and fat. It’s just as creamy.

Mirella Sanabria

Tuesday 16th of August 2022

I made this and my son loved it.


Friday 29th of July 2022

hands down THE BEST.... family favorite!! my kids and nephews LOVE it.... a weekly request!