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Creamy elbow macaroni and cheese in a white bowl.

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Total Time: 10 minutes (+ 10 minutes resting)
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x


Instant Pot Mac and Cheese – made with just 5 real food ingredients. This is SO MUCH BETTER (and easier) than any mac and cheese I’ve ever had! Unreal.


Units Scale
  • 1 pound uncooked elbow pasta
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded cheese
  • up to 1/2 cup whole milk


  1. Noodles: Put the pasta, water, and salt into the Instant Pot. Cook for 4 minutes using the manual function. Quick release the steam so your noodles don’t get overcooked. 
  2. Cheese: Gently stir in the butter until melted. Add the cheese and milk (use 2-3 tablespoons of milk at a time, as needed, up to 1/2 cup). Add more seasoning or liquid if necessary. For best results, let it sit for 5-10 minutes to let it thicken up a bit. MWAH! Enjoy. It’s so, so good.


  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: instant pot mac and cheese, mac and cheese, easy mac and cheese, instant mac and cheese