Instant Pot Garlic Parmesan Macaroni and Cheese

Creamy garlic parmesan macaroni and cheese is made in the instant pot. It takes only about 5 minutes to cook everything!
I previously shared a recipe for a classic Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese. This version adds Parmesan and garlic, creating a much more flavorful macaroni and cheese.
This is so easy to make. Just like my other instant pot recipe, you add your noodles, water, garlic, butter and spices into the pot. You set it to cook for four minutes.

When you open your pot, your macaroni is tender and your water is gone. You stir in your cheeses and milk for about 1 minute and then it’s ready to eat! It’s that easy.

The cheese mixture is a mix of white cheddar and parmesan. Because parmesan has a very strong flavor and a lot of sodium, I didn’t add too much of it. It’s just enough so you can taste the parmesan and garlic but it’s not too strong or salty.

Garlic Parmesan Macaroni and Cheese

Garlic and parmesan cheese flavored macaroni and cheese easily made with the Instant Pot


  • 1 lb elbow macaroni
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 large garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp mustard powder
  • 2 tsp hot sauce (optional, you can leave this out if you're making this for kids)
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream or evaporated milk (it's recommended you use either evap milk or heavy cream. Regular milk will lead to a more watery macaroni cheese)
  • 6 oz (this is a little over 2 cups but you should weigh it for best results) shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 4 oz (this is about 1 1/2 cups but you should weigh it for best results) shredded parmesan cheese
  • fresh parsley for garnish
  • ground black pepper


  1. Add macaroni, water, garlic cloves, garlic powder, mustard powder, hot sauce and butter into your instant pot. Give everything a quick stir so that the powders aren't clumped up.
  2. Seal your instant pot. Set to manual, high pressure and cook time of 4 minutes. Let your Instant Pot pressurize and cook. When the cooking timer finishes, do a quick pressure release on your instant pot.
  3. Open your instant pot and give your pasta a quick stir to make sure everything is evenly cooked. If you have a little extra water in there, it should evaporate soon with your stirring. Remove and discard the garlic cloves. Add in heavy cream/evaporated milk and cheeses while the pasta is still hot and steaming. Stir until cheeses are melted and macaroni are evenly coated. Serve immediately. Garnish with fresh parsley and ground black pepper if desired.

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Instant Pot Garlic Parmesan Macaroni and Cheese

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I don’t yet have a recipe video for this recipe, but here is a video for my other Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese.

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6 comments on “Instant Pot Garlic Parmesan Macaroni and Cheese”

  1. Okay, this looks absolutely mind blowing. I mean, mac n cheese + garlic + parm AND in the instant pot!? It’s heaven!

  2. Just made this today! It’s so creamy and nice! I like how easy it is to put together. The most effort was me manually shredding the white cheddar instead of buying it shredded! =P

  3. Can i sub macaroni for rotini and would it be the same measurement ?

    • I have not tried this recipe with anything other than macaroni pasta. Because rotini is a large pasta, some things may need to be adjusted like water levels and cooking time but without trying it I don’t know for certain.

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