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Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

The best easy instant pot mac and cheese recipe. Make homemade super creamy macaroni and cheese in just 10 minutes! Everyone will love this one!

instant pot mac and cheese in a bowl

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese.

The recipe that turned me from an instant pot skeptic to a raving 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.

It is one of our favorite uses for the instant pot, along with the classic favorite instant pot broccoli and this super easy instant pot stir fry. Instant Pot Creamy Pasta is another one of our favorites and you can’t go wrong with buttery instant pot cauliflower.

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese Ingredients

  • 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 any kind of broth
  • water
  • butter
  • freshly grated cheese: bagged shredded cheese is not a substitute
  • milk
  • heavy cream
  • salt, pepper, garlic powder
ingredients needed to make instant pot macaroni and cheese

How to make mac and cheese in the instant pot

Step 1: add the uncooked macaroni noodles, vegetable broth, and water to the instant pot.

Step 2: cube 3 tablespoons of butter and stir it in.

Step 3: set to manual for four minutes.

Once the 4 minutes are up, do a quick release.

Step 4: Once the quick release is finished and the pin has dropped, safely open the lid and stir in the heavy cream, milk, and cheese.

At first, it will look like too much liquid, but once you stir for a few minutes, it will thicken. If you are worried, just be patient.

It will look soupy at first, but after sitting for a few minutes and stirring, it becomes thicker and creamier.

All of that liquid and cheese makes for an ultimately super creamy instant pot mac n cheese.

an instant pot full of macaroni and cheese

What type of cheese to use

For this recipe, I use good quality freshly grated sharp cheddar for best creaminess and taste.

You can experiment using different cheeses for new flavors, I just suggest using a quality cheese that you grate yourself for best results!

spoon taking a scoop of instant pot mac and cheese

Little did I know just how powerful and amazing the instant pot is before I finally gave in and got one.

Honestly, this mac and cheese alone is reason enough to buy an instant pot!

This mac and cheese is easily the creamiest I have ever tasted!

I wanted to eat the whole batch for lunch it was that good.

We even made it for a Thanksgiving side dish which WAY cut down on cook time and was a breeze to throw in 15 minutes before the big meal was served.

If you got a new instant pot for Christmas, this is the perfect recipe to start with!

spoon taking a scoop of instant pot mac and cheese

I am beyond excited to try so many new recipes in my instant pot!

Another favorite of ours is this creamy instant pot sweet potato pasta

This instant pot mac and cheese has so much flavor.

I like this quick and easy recipe. I make this for my son few times a month. He loves mac and cheese! – Jasmin

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This was absolutely delicious and very easy to prepare! Will certainly pass this on as an excellent side dish.

Slam dunk! This was universally loved by my family. – Emily

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instant pot mac and cheese in a bowl

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Yield: 6 servings

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

spoon taking a scoop of instant pot mac and cheese

The best easy and delicious instant pot mac and cheese recipe!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 2 ½ cups uncooked elbow macaroni noodles
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons butter, cut into cubes
  • 2 cups grated freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese (see notes)
  • ⅓ cup milk (whole or 2%)
  • ⅓ cup heavy cream


  1. Add the uncooked macaroni, vegetable broth, water, butter, garlic powder, pepper, and salt to the Instant Pot. 
  2. Place the lid on the pot and set to sealing. Cook on manual function for 4 minutes. 
  3. Do a quick release
  4. Stir in heavy cream, milk, and cheese, and stir until creamy and thick


When you first add the heavy cream and milk, the mac and cheese will appear too runny. Don't worry! Just keep stirring and it will thicken given a few minutes to sit and absorb

It is important to use freshly grated sharp cheddar, as cheaper small shred cheddar may end up stringy. I have not had this happen, and have always used either tillamook thick shreds, or grated the cheese fresh myself

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 495Total Fat: 37gSaturated Fat: 22gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 106mgSodium: 746mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 22g

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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!


Tuesday 15th of February 2022

This was so easy and the best mac and cheese.. will be making this again and again!!


Thursday 18th of November 2021

Do I stir all the ingredients before putting the lid on to pressure cook?

Joy Shull

Monday 22nd of November 2021


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