An American Favorite…. Mac & Cheese can be made even easier in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker! In 5 minutes this favorite will be perfectly cooked for you to enjoy.

Who doesn’t love a good Mac & Cheese? I think we all do! And we likely have eaten enough of the boxed Mac & Cheese but nothing compares to homemade. Especially a homemade recipe like Grandma’s.

Back in the day Grandma would pull a large casserole dish out of the oven with hot homemade Macaroni and Cheese topped with toasted bread crumbs and wow, it was good!

I’m not sure if Grandma was just special or if the memories just hold such a special place in my heart.

Regardless, making a good homemade Macaroni and Cheese is a touch of home for me. The creamy cheesy pasta is so good made homemade.

I have to be honest, I was extremely skeptical that this would be cooked in 5 minutes. But I thought, ‘what can I lose?’, so I tried it.

Cooking Pasta in the Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker can be tricky. Actually different types of pasta cook for different times and it can be hard to get the hang of.

I like to cook elbow macaroni for 5 mins.

This recipe can be quick released, however even giving it a couple minute (1-2 minute) natural releases will help keep your Pressure Cooker from spitting out some of those starches.

Using an Instant Pot or Pressure cooker to cook pasta means you can set it and forget it. Brilliant, because I’m busy and now I can set the table or clean up my mess.

In record time, the pasta was perfectly cooked. All my mess was contained to one pan!

Mac & Cheese - Instant Pot Recipe

Mac and Cheese made Simple

In your Instant Pot, put 4 1/2 cups of water, this is the perfect amount needed for 1 pound of pasta.  You won’t need to drain off any extra.  You can also cut this recipe in half too.

So make the perfect size batch for you and your family.

Add your Salt and Dry Mustard and pasta and set your Instant Pot to Manual Mode for 5 minutes.  That’s it! 

It will take about 8 minutes for your Instant Pot to pressure up.  The 5 minute cooking time will begin once the correct pressure has been reached. 

After 5 minutes a beeper will signal and then you can Quick Release the pressure. 

You do this by turning the pressure knob forward.  Place a towel over the Quick Release so the steam doesn’t go every where.  Also, this recipe tends to make the steam “spit”.  So a towel just takes care of any mess that could happen.

Mac & Cheese Instant Pot Recipe

Once the pasta is all cooked, stir it to break up any clumps.  This is normal as it as absorbed all the water. 

Then go ahead and add the rest of the ingredients and stir it up.  Adding more milk will give it a more creamy texture so add as little as you like.

Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese so easy my son makes it himself

Eat it up:

This recipe was a hit the first time.  I’m a little embarrassed to say that we have now made Mac & Cheese daily this past week.  You would think 1 pound of pasta would be enough.

With a family of grown boys, they think they need more!  But really, this is a large portion and will easily feed 6-8 as a side dish to compliment any meal. 

You could also throw it into a casserole dish and sprinkle with bread crumbs and throw into the oven for a few minutes too.  Just like Grandma used to make!  And no one needs to know it only took you minutes.  I won’t tell!

Mac & Cheese Instant Pot Recipe

Mac and Cheese Add Ins:

Mac and Cheese is great all by itself but you may wan to dress it up. After it’s all made up, try some of the following Add Ins!

  • 1 Tbs Taco Seasoning for a Taco Mac
  • 2 Cups Steamed Broccoli
  • 1 Cup cubed Ham and 1 Cup Frozen Peas
  • 1 lb Cooked and crumbled Ground Beef with 1 Tbs Taco Seasoning
  • 1/2 Cup Crumbled Bacon
  • 1 Can Tuna
  • Shredded Chicken

The possibilities are endless, so don’t be shy! What’s your favorite Add In. Tell me in the comments below.

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Mac & Cheese | Instant Pot Recipe

An American Favorite, Mac & Cheese is full of layers of cheese with macaroni. Who doesn’t love it!
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer, Entree, Main Dish, Pasta
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6


  • 1 lb Macaroni Noodle
  • 4 1/2 Cup water *can substitute broth
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 Cup Evaporated Milk
  • 2 Tbs Butter
  • 1 1/2 Cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Cup Monterey Jack Cheese
  • 1/4 Cup Parmesan cheese (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • In your Instant Pot, add 4 1/2 cups of water, 1 tsp Salt and 2 tsp Dry Mustard and give it a quick stir. Add pasta.
  • Set to Manual Mode for 5 minutes. It will take about 8 minutes to pressure up.
  • Once the Instant Pot and signaled the time is up, place a towel over the Quick Release valve and release the pressure. It will “spit” out water so the towel just helps to keep it from going all over your kitchen.
  • Open lid, and with a large spoon stir pasta. The pasta will clump up when cooking but quickly breaks apart when stirred.
  • Add Butter and Evaporated milk and give a quick stir.
  • Add Sharp Cheddar, Monterey Jack Cheese and stir to melt. Add Nutmeg. Add additional evaporate milk if you want it more creamy. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve and Enjoy! To Reheat, add additional milk or evaporate milk and heat in microwave.


Add some extra Ingredients to bulk up this family favorite recipe
  • 1 Tbs Taco Seasoning for a Taco Mac
  • 1 Cup cubed Ham and 1 Cup Frozen Peas
  • 1 lb Cooked and crumbled Ground Beef with 1 Tbs Taco Seasoning
  • 2 Cups Steamed Broccoli
  • 1/2 Cup Crumbled Bacon
  • 1 Can Tuna
  • Shredded Chicken
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