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Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese

Instant macaroni and cheese is so creamy, easier, and faster than making it on the stove. You can have homemade mac and cheese in 20 minutes with minimal work. Everything cooks in the pressure cooker so there’s minimal clean-up, too.

photo of a bowl of Macaroni and Cheese

I don’t think I will ever go back to making macaroni and cheese on the stove again as long as I have my Instant Pot around. Making macaroni and cheese has never been easier.

You add your water, butter, seasoning and pasta into the pot. They cook at high pressure in less than five minutes.

When you open your pot, your pasta is cooked, there’s no water to drain and your pasta already has all the seasonings infused into it.

Then you stir in your cheese and milk until melted and creamy. That’s it! I love the flavor and the texture of the pasta and cheese sauce is perfect.


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Ingredients

  • Elbow macaroni
  • Water
  • Unsalted butter
  • Mustard powder
  • Hot sauce
  • Evaporated milk
  • Shredded cheddar cheese

photo of pasta, butter, water, and seasonins inside an instant pot

Instructions

Combine the uncooked macaroni, water, butter, mustard powder, and hot sauce to your Instant Pot. Stir well so everything dissolves into the water so the mixture doesn’t have clumps.

Secure the lid and close the steam valve. Cook on pressure cook on high for 4 minutes. It will take 10 minutes for the pot to pressurize. When the time is up, do a quick release and select the warm setting on the Instant Pot.

Take off the lid and stir the pasta a few times to make sure it’s evenly cooked. There shouldn’t be excess water, but if there is drain it.

Add the milk and cheese while the pasta is still hot. Stir until the cheese melts and the pasta is coated in a creamy cheese sauce.

If you aren’t serving it right away you can place the lid on top and keep the IP on warm. It will stay creamy and warm for up to an hour.

photo of cooked macaroni and cheese in an instant pot

Recipe Tips

I haven’t tried substitutions for this recipe. Other types of good melting cheese might work (like Fontina, Monterey Jack, Gouda, or Gruyere) but I haven’t tested them. Also, other types of pasta need different cooking times, so I recommend sticking with elbow macaroni for the best results.

You can add garnishes like crispy crumbled bacon, fresh herbs like parsley or chives, freshly ground black pepper, or a sprinkle of finely grated Parmesan cheese.

If you want to add a side dish, try cooked broccoli, cauliflower, or other cooked veggies that you like.

overhead photo of a bowl of macaroni and cheese

I love this super creamy, delicious Instant Pot mac and cheese recipe.  Not only does it taste great but you can make a large amount in such a short time with minimal effort.

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Special Tools for this Recipe

Instant Pot 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker (6 quart version)*
photo of an instant pot

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Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese

Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese

Servings: 8
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Main Dishes, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Creamy macaroni and cheese is made even easier and faster with an Instant Pot.
5 from 2 votes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb elbow macaroni
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp mustard powder
  • 2 tsp hot sauce
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 16 oz shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  • Add macaroni, water, butter, mustard powder, and hot sauce to your instant pot. Give a quick stir so that all the ingredients are dissolved into the water and not clumped up.
  • Close lid and seal valve on your Instant Pot. Set to high pressure, 4 minutes in manual mode. (It will take around 10 minutes to pressurize). When it's done cooking, do a quick release and keep the Instant Pot in warm mode.
  • Open your pot and stir your pasta a few time to make sure they are all evenly cooked. Most of the water should have evaporated so that you do not need to drain your pasta. If for some reason you still have too much water, drain the water.
  • Quickly add in your milk and cheese while the pasta is still hot. Stir and mix until cheese is fully melted and turns into a creamy sauce coating the noodles (about 3-5 minutes). Serve immediately. (You can also keep it sealed in warm mode until ready to eat. I tested it up to an hour after it was cooked and it was still creamy and warm. I have not tested beyond one hour.)

Notes

  • I used the 6 quart version of Instant Pot 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker*
  • *Some of the links contained in this post are affiliate links. Much like referral codes, this means I earn a small commission if you purchase a product I referred (at no extra charge to you).

Nutrition

Serving: 0.13of recipe, Calories: 507kcal, Carbohydrates: 46g, Protein: 23g, Fat: 24g, Saturated Fat: 15g, Sodium: 427mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 5g, NET CARBS: 45g

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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24 comments on “Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese”

  1. There is unsweetened evaporated milk – both Pacific and Carnation brands in Canada – BC

  2. Condensed milk is sweet.
    Evaporated milk is not.

  3. Canadian evaporated milk is sweetened and it ruins this recipe. The macaroni was fine and it was nice and creamy but was very sweet and went in the garbage. Lesson learned.

  4. Great ands easy recipe!  Thanks for this.

  5. I cut the recipe in half because it’s just my husband and I. Kept the cooking time the same and it turned out perfectly.

  6. Amazing recipe! I had velveeta left over from something else so I used half cheddar, half velveeta. Rich and creamy and ready in no time at all.

  7. So good! Best yet. A must try!!

  8. Now THIS recipe would be the main reason for us to get an Instapot, ha ha. Seriously, TC would be making this everyday, no lie. I’m just waiting for this appliance to go on sale again…biding my time.

  9. I am really trying NOT to buy an Instant Pot, but it’s not easy when I see your recipes! I’ve been making rice cooker mac and cheese, which is really easy compared to the cooking it on the stovetop.

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