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Creamy Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

Easy Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

Creamy Instant Pot Mac and Cheese is the easiest dish to make, yet the most delicious! Made entirely using the instant pot, and ready in under 30 minutes for a quick and delicious dinner.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Coming to Pressure 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 384 kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


Cook the Pasta:

  • 1 lb elbow macaroni dry
  • 4 tablespoons butter unsalted
  • 4 1/2 cups cups water
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional


  • 4 oz cream cheese softened and cubed
  • 1 cup milk warm
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream warm
  • 2-3 cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 cup parmesan shredded


  • 10 slices thick cut cooked bacon optional


  1. Add all the ingredients from the "Cook the Pasta" list to the pot. Stir to combine.

  2. Cover and seal the lid. Make sure the valve points to Sealed. Adjust time to 5 minutes on High Pressure.
  3. Once Instant Pot beeps to show that it's done, wait 5 minutes and after that do a quick release, by changing the position of the valve to Vent. Carefully remove cover and stir.
  4. With the pressure cooker on Warm, add the cream cheese, warm milk, warm cream, 2 cups of cheddar cheese and parmesan cheese until fully melted. If you want, stir in the remaining 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese.

  5. If the sauce is too thick you can stir in more warm milk.
  6. Turn off Instant Pot.
  7. If desired, top Mac and cheese with cooked bacon before serving.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Easy Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 384 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 24mg8%
Sodium 503mg22%
Potassium 254mg7%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 582IU12%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 353mg35%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.