Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

The best Instant Pot Mac and Cheese is creamy, cheesy and delicious. Kids and adults love this four cheese mac and cheese recipe!

mac and cheese in an instant pot

Homemade macaroni and cheese is the best. This recipe is even better because you can make it in an Instant Pot in a few easy steps. While there are a lot of mac and cheese recipes, this one is the best because it contains four different kinds of cheese. It’s creamy, cheesy and so delicious.

Ingredients You Need

ingredients for instant pot mac and cheese
  • Macaroni: Elbow macaroni is standard, but another type of short pasta like shells or cavatappi works great too.
  • Cheese: A combination of four cheese results in the creamiest, cheesiest texture and flavor. Use a mixture of sharp cheddar, gruyere, gouda and fontina.
  • Milk: Whole or 2% milk works best.
  • Butter: Unsalted butter is preferred.
  • Spices: Garlic powder, salt and pepper adds flavor. Add a dash of ground nutmeg for additional flavor.

Cooking Mac and Cheese in the Instant Pot

mixing together ingredients in instant pot
  • Step 1: Add the uncooked macaroni, water and salt to the Instant Pot. A 6-quart works best. Secure the lid and move the valve to the “sealing” position. Set the timer for 4 minutes at manual high pressure. When the timer finishes, use a wooden spoon to carefully release the pressure manually by switching the valve to the venting position.
  • Step 2: Add the butter, cheese, milk, garlic powder and nutmeg. Switch the Instant Pot to the Saute function and stir until the cheese is melted.
a white bowl filled with creamy mac and cheese

Expert Tips

  • Use freshly grated cheese since it melts better. You can use pre-shredded cheese if needed.
  • Use a combination of cheese. You can adjust the amounts of each type of cheese as long as the total amount adds up to 3 cups.
  • Storage: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two days.

Other Instant Pot Recipes

mac and cheese in an instant pot

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
This easy mac and cheese recipes comes together in the instant pot in 15 minutes!
5 from 2 votes

Ingredients 

  • 16 ounces elbow macaroni, (about 4 cups uncooked)
  • 4 cups water, or chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar, grated
  • 1 cup gruyere, grated
  • 1/2 cup gouda, grated
  • 1/2 cup fontina, grated
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, (optional)
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Add the uncooked macaroni, water and salt to the Instant Pot. Attach the lid and ensure that the valve is in the "sealing" position. Set the timer for 4 minutes. When the timer finishes, release the pressure manually by switching the valve to the "venting" position. Be careful, the valve with steam and may splatter.
  • Next, add the butter, cheese, milk, garlic powder and nutmeg. Switch the Instant Pot to the Saute function and stir until the cheese is fully melted. Season with additional salt and pepper, if desired.
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

SUBSTITUTIONS
  • Macaroni: Elbow macaroni is standard, but another type of short pasta like shells or cavatappi works great too.
  • Cheese: The combination of cheeses in this recipe results in the creamiest, cheesiest texture and flavor. You can substitute one of the cheeses with another one of your favorite cheeses.
STORAGE
  • Store any leftover mac and cheese in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two days.

Nutrition

Calories: 481kcal, Carbohydrates: 44g, Protein: 22g, Fat: 24g, Saturated Fat: 14g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 76mg, Sodium: 638mg, Potassium: 201mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 656IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 452mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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4 comments on “Instant Pot Mac and Cheese”

  1. Do you add the butter in the second step?

  2. Instant pot mac and cheese has been a family favorite around here. We can’t get enough!

  3. Yummy! LOVE that I can make this dish in my instant pot. SO SO gooey cheesy and good. The perfect mac and cheese!

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