Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese

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5 from 5 votes
Heaven in a bowl! That is the way that I would describe my favorite comfort food, Macaroni and Cheese. There is nothing better than this Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese recipe because it combines the quick and ease of use of the Instant Pot with the sinful deliciousness of Creamy Macaroni and Cheese.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 6 minutes
Time to come to pressure: 8 minutes
Total: 11 minutes
Macaroni and cheese in a small bowl with a blue plaid napkin and fork
Heaven in a bowl! That is the way that I would describe my favorite comfort food, Macaroni and Cheese.  There is nothing better than this Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese recipe because it combines the quick and ease of use of the Instant Pot with the sinful deliciousness of  creamy Macaroni and Cheese. Macaroni and cheese in a small bowl with a blue plaid napkin and fork This recipe for Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese combines two of my favorite things in the world. My Instant Pot and Macaroni and Cheese. In fact, if you don’t like Mac & Cheese, I don’t think we could be friends. LOL.  My love actually holds no bounds as you can see if you review my recipes and see all the amazing variations of this dish that are available. What makes this Instant Pot recipe even better is you get almost instant gratification. It takes 10 minutes from start to finish.

Why This Recipe Works

Why this dish, in particular, is a keeper for me is it is so very quick. It is a great beginner recipe for the Instant pot because it is fool proof and so good. I love that the entire recipe is made right in the pressure cooker.  There are no extra dishes to clean and everything is ready in about 11 minutes! If you are dipping your toe into the Instapot craze. My Instant Pot Recipes for Beginners is a great place to find some quick and easy dinner ideas.

How to Make Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese – Step by Step

  • Step One: Measure out your Pasta and add to Instant Pot. (Photo 1 below)
  • Step Two: Next add water to Instant Pot.  (Photo 2 below)
  • Step Three: Then add Dry Mustard, and House Seasoning Blend to the top of the pasta.  (Photo 3 below)
  • Step Four: Dollop Butter on top of your Pasta in the Instant pot and cook on high for 6 minutes with a quick pressure release.  (Photo 4 below)
step by step photos for making instant pot macaroni and cheese
  • Step Five: Stir in cream cheese and allow to melt then pour in 1/4 cup of milk stir again. The use of a good nonstick spatula is a handy tool to use here.  (Photo 5 below)
  • Step Six: Top with the remaining cheese and again stir until combined. Finally, stir in additional milk until you get to the consistency that you desire. You may not have to use all the milk.  (Photo 6 below)
step by step photos for making instant pot macaroni and cheese

What kinds of pasta can you use to make Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese?

You want a nice hearty pasta that can hold up to the sauce and not get soggy. I like ones with little nooks to grasp all the cheesy goodness. Try elbows, cavatappi or rotini pasta for this Instant Pot Cheese macaroni dish. I would stay away from flat noodles – like egg noodles or spaghetti. a forkful of instant pot macaroni and cheese

What kinds of cheese work best with this recipe?

Ahh, cheese. The numerous nuances and flavors of cheese is what makes this dish a star. My logic is to try and use the perfect combination due to their properties. I use cheddar because of its meltability, Monterey Jack because of the flavor and cream cheese because it is what adds the creamy perfection to the dish. You can mix it up and use whatever cheese you like, though.  Some of my other favorites are fontina, smoked cheddar and Colby Jack. a close up bowl of instant pot macaroni and cheese with a blue plaid napkin

Expert Tips for Making the Best Instant Pot Cheese Macaroni

  • For an adult Macaroni and Cheese preplace the Monterey Jack cheese with Smoked Gouda and finish off with a little truffle oil.
  • Make this Instapot Recipe an even more hearty or decadent meal by adding ham or bacon at the end.
  • For the best flavor, always try and freshly grate your cheeses. There really is a big difference. I love this grater.
  • If your family loves the crunchy top, transfer to a casserole dish and add bread crumbs and broil for a few minutes.
  • For an Italian twist try adding fontina cheese for a butter flavor and parmesan cheese on top.

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Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese

5 from 5 votes
Heaven in a bowl! That is the way that I would describe my favorite comfort food, Macaroni and Cheese. There is nothing better than this Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese recipe because it combines the quick and ease of use of the Instant Pot with the sinful deliciousness of Creamy Macaroni and Cheese.
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Servings: 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Time to come to pressure: 8 minutes
Total Time: 11 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups pasta I prefer elbows, cavatappi or rotini
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon House Seasoning Blend
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 oz cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup milk divided
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Instructions

  • Add pasta, water, House Seasoning Blend, dry mustard and butter to the Instant Pot.
  • Set Instant Pot to cook on Manual for 6 minutes.
  • When cooking is finished, quick release the pressure.
  • There will still be some liquid in the pot - do not drain it.
  • Stir in the cream cheese and allow it to melt.
  • Slowly stir in 1/4 cup milk until combined.
  • Add the cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses and stir to combine.
  • Slowly stir in remaining milk until you reach your desired consistency. You may not need all of the remaining milk.

Expert Tips

  • For an adult Macaroni and Cheese preplace the Monterey Jack cheese with Smoked Gouda and finish off with a little truffle oil.
  • Make this Instapot Recipe an even more hearty or decadent meal by adding ham or bacon at the end.
  • For the best flavor, always try and freshly grate your cheeses. There really is a big difference. I love this grater.
  • If your family loves the crunchy top, transfer to a casserole dish and add bread crumbs and broil for a few minutes.
  • For an Italian twist try adding fontina cheese for a butter flavor and parmesan cheese on top.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 2384kcal | Carbohydrates: 128g | Protein: 114g | Fat: 156g | Saturated Fat: 95g | Cholesterol: 470mg | Sodium: 4785mg | Potassium: 996mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 4790IU | Calcium: 2831mg | Iron: 4.8mg

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