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Instant Pot Mac and Cheese in the pressure cooker.

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

The easiest way to make creamy Mac and Cheese, right in your Instant Pot. It requires 5 real ingredients and cooks in 12 minutes (including coming to pressure).

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Instant Pot mac and cheese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
coming to pressure 7 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 5 people
Calories 548 kcal
Author Anna


  • 2 cups elbow macaroni uncooked
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chicken stock low-sodium
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 12 oz. can evaporated milk
  • 1.75 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • 1.25 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper


  1. Place macaroni, butter, nutmeg, salt, stock and water in Instant Pot insert. Close the lid and set the valve to "sealing" position.

  2. Press the "manual" or "pressure cook" button and set timer to 5 minutes. Make sure your Instant Pot is set to high pressure. The pressure cooker will take about 7 minutes to come to pressure and start cooking.

  3. When the IP beeps, press "cancel/off" button and wait one minute. Then switch the valve to quickly release the pressure. Open lid carefully, away from your face.

  4. Stir macaroni.
  5. Add milk to macaroni and stir well.
  6. Add cheese, half of a cup at a time, until you reach desired consistency. See notes.
  7. You can serve mac immediately or bake in a dish with breadcrumb topping, if desired.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

You can use Gruyere cheese in place of mozzarella cheese. 

I prefer the mild cheddar in mac and cheese because I find the sharp cheddar too chalky for my taste. Feel free to use what you like. 

Add 1/2 cup of cheese at a time until you reach desired consistency. I used 1 cup of cheddar and 1/2 cup of mozzarella. 

To jazz it up, you can add steamed vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, corn, carrots and peas or shredded cooked chicken or ground cooked turkey. 

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 548 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 82mg27%
Sodium 620mg27%
Potassium 448mg13%
Carbohydrates 51g17%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 735IU15%
Vitamin C 1.4mg2%
Calcium 562mg56%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.