Instant Pot macaroni and cheese in a green bowl

Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese

  • Author: Kate Morgan Jackson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Pressurizing Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This easy recipe for Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese cooks up the extra creamy, super cheesy mac and cheese of your dreams, all in one pot!



  • 16 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 16 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup whole milk


  1. Put the elbows, water and salt into your trusty Instant Pot. Press the manual button and set it for 5 minutes under high pressure.  When the 5 minutes are up, do a quick release and open the pot.
  2. Stir in the butter until it is melted and well mixed in.
  3. Add the cheese and stir. Now start drizzling the milk a little at a time until the cheese is melted and everything is as creamy and dreamy as you like.
  4. Taste, add salt and pepper as needed, and dish it out!


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