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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!

best Instant pot mac and cheese recipe

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.

I think it’s safe to say that this recipe is a winner!

creamy homemade mac and cheese

How to make mac and cheese in the instant pot

First, add the uncooked macaroni noodles, vegetable broth, and water to the instant pot.

Cube 3 tablespoons of butter and stir it in.

Place the lid on the instant pot and set to sealing.

Pressure cook on manual function for 4 minutes.

Remember, it will take a few minutes to come to pressure, then the timer for 4 minutes will start at that time!

macaroni and cheese

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

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.

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!

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Instant pots have been all the rage for quite some time now, but I had no interest.

To me, it was just another kitchen appliance that I would have to learn to use.

Until the Pioneer woman came out with the most gorgeous instant pot I have ever seen in my life!

pioneer woman instant pot

So, the pioneer woman was ultimately the reason I bought my first pressure cooker. 

Little did I know just how powerful and amazing the instant pot is!

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

Mac and cheese made with the 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!

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

beginner Instant pot recipe

This instant pot mac and cheese has so much flavor.

I was a bit nervous to use the instant pot for the first time, but the directions were easy to follow, and I googled a few things to make sure I did the quick release right.

If you don’t have an instant pot, I HIGHLY recommend it!

I’ll say it again – this mac and cheese alone is worth the investment!

Instant pot mac and cheese recipe

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

Mac and cheese instant pot

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Instant Pot Mac and Cheese Recipe

Yield: 6 servings

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

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 1/2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni noodles
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons butter, cut into cubes
  • 2 cups grated freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese (see notes)
  • 1/3 cup milk (whole or 2%)
  • 1/3 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

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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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Jill Parkhurst

Sunday 20th of September 2020

I loved the Mac n cheese, super easy to make, I think I will leave the garlic powder out next time, it just had that after taste, but it was still good! Nice and cheesy!!


Wednesday 2nd of September 2020

This is so amazing! So fast and easy and about the best I’ve ever had!


Wednesday 15th of July 2020

This is by far my favorite Mac and cheese recipe. Yesterday was national Mac and cheese day, but we didn’t celebrate it because it is my husband’s birthday. So we are celebrating today. I have made this recipe sooooo many times and shared it as well. It is a definite keeper and so adaptable to use different cheeses and blends. Added bonus bit is super simple and fast to whip up.

Joy Shull

Wednesday 15th of July 2020

Thanks so much! So glad you enjoyed the recipe :)


Tuesday 12th of May 2020

Delicious & so simple to make Thank you for this recipe

Michele Gomez

Friday 17th of April 2020

I made a mistake in the recipe and accidentally put in 3/4 cup of cream in instead of the 1/3. I thought it would be very runny, so I just left the milk out. It turned out incredibly creamy and yummy. The last time I made homemade Mac it was in my crockpot. It turned out so bad. Thank you for the easy and family approved yummy recipe.

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