Homemade Mac and cheese has never been creamier or easier! Instant Pot Mac and Cheese will be your new favorite way to get your cheesy on.
In the little over a year that I have had my Instant Pot, I have tried many different recipes. When I first started using it, I just used it to make brown rice. It takes a lot less time to make brown rice in the Instant Pot than on the stove. I also love to make hard boiled eggs , Risotto is crazy easy and Instant Pot Potatoes are a favorite side dish.
Recently, I’ve seen a lot of posts from people making macaroni and cheese in the pressure cooker so I decided to give it a go. And friends, I am not looking back.
Instant Pot Mac and Cheese is SO creamy and so incredibly easy to make.
To make Instant Pot Mac and Cheese you need less than 10 ingredients (not counting water and salt and pepper) and about 15 minutes.
Elbow Macaroni: It’s traditional in mac and cheese but you can also use shells!
Evaporated Milk: Evaporated milk has had half of the water removed. It is creamier than regular milk making it fab for use in mac and cheese.
Sharp Cheddar Cheese: Sharp cheddar cheese has more of a cheddar flavor that medium cheddar so it won’t get lost in the cheese sauce.
Mozzarella Cheese: Helps give this mac and cheese it’s gooey cheesiness.
Fontina Cheese: Another great melty cheese, fontina is a great addition to macaroni and cheese. If you cannot find it you can substitute other mild, melty cheeses like provolone, gruyere or gouda.
Butter: Makes this mac and cheese just a bit creamier and richer.
Ground Mustard Powder: In addition to adding flavor, mustard also works as an emulsifier and helps make the sauce creamier.
Paprika: Adds a smoky flavor and color.
Granulated Garlic: Just a hint of garlic flavor! You can also substitute garlic powder.
When I usually make macaroni and cheese, I make a roux with butter and flour then slowly whisk in milk. Finally I stir in the cheese until it melts. And, don’t get me wrong, macaroni and cheese this way is fabulous too. But it takes a bit more time. With Instant Pot Mac and Cheese, you cook the pasta in the Instant Pot then stir in evaporated milk, 3 different cheeses and seasonings. Then BAM! The creamiest mac and cheese you’ve ever had.
Looking for more Instant Pot Recipes? I’ve got you covered!
If you love this Macaroni and Cheese Recipe, you’ll love these other variations!
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Note: This recipe was originally posted in 2018. It was updated with new step by step photos, tips, a video and nutrition facts in 2020.
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Carl DenverJanuary 29, 2022 at 3:24 am
always read the instructions, not just the ingredients list. I stuck the milk in with the water and then pressure cooked it. Big frothy milk mess to clean up on pressure release :( I used condensed milk from a tin but it made it very sweet. Think next time I’ll just use normal milk and a tablespoon of flour.
DesereeJanuary 29, 2022 at 10:02 am
Oh nooo! i’m sorry that happened! Also, you’re supposed to use Evaporated Milk not Condensed Milk. Condensed milk is sweetened but evaporated is not.
mahjong playJanuary 21, 2022 at 10:42 am
It looks delicious, thanks for being an inspiration to me.
SuzanneMay 17, 2021 at 8:37 am
I’ll be making this tonight for my husband. I don’t have mozzarella on hand, so I’m hoping he won’t notice that I replace that for cream cheese! Thank you for the EASY recipe!
DesereeMay 17, 2021 at 10:46 am
You’re welcome! I bet the cream cheese will make it even creamier. I’d love to hear how it goes!
Stickman HookApril 27, 2021 at 8:50 pm
Great recipe! I love making homemade mac and cheese!
Victoria KaneSeptember 16, 2020 at 12:39 am
Awesome recipe thank you very much.
CathyMay 29, 2020 at 5:32 pm
YUM! This is the creamiest mac & cheese ever!!!
CatalinaMay 29, 2020 at 11:45 am
OMG! I love how creamy these mac and cheese is! A must try recipe!
KevinMay 29, 2020 at 9:44 am
This looks so good! I love making homemade mac and cheese!
ToniMay 29, 2020 at 9:29 am
One of the most requested dinner at my house!! This was a huge hit!
AmandaMay 28, 2020 at 6:32 pm
Perfect use of my instant pot, thank you for sharing!
Sara WelchMay 28, 2020 at 5:03 pm
Mac and cheese is always a hit in our home; looking forward to giving this a try! Looks too good to pass up!
KimberlyMay 28, 2020 at 12:59 pm
Mac and cheese perfection right here and I love the IP version, thanks!
Joanne WhiteheadMay 19, 2020 at 10:41 pm
I’m going to make this. It sounds better than a recipe I already have.Thanks.
DesereeMay 20, 2020 at 12:52 pm
Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Trouble Tank 2March 28, 2020 at 12:14 am
Try to cook thanks for the recipe.
Run3March 28, 2020 at 12:12 am
Love your blog please add more recipes.
AlexisMarch 28, 2020 at 12:08 am
Thank you very much for the fantastic recipe.
EricaNovember 20, 2019 at 11:26 pm
Looks really amazing thanks for the recipe.
jackSeptember 11, 2019 at 4:58 am
You’re great, pasta with sauce looks great, I love pasta.
baby shower ideasMarch 19, 2019 at 4:28 pm
delicious pot mac and cheese recipe! i want this! thanks
run 3 unblockedMarch 19, 2019 at 4:26 pm
This sounds looks good!!! Homemade cheese and mac is the best!
stephen curry wallpaperMarch 19, 2019 at 4:25 pm
wow so yummy! i can’t wait to try this recipe, looks delicious, thanks
run 3June 21, 2018 at 7:33 am
yum I like your recipe! I will try this recipe soon Thanks for sharing
Cathy @ Lemon Tree DwellingFebruary 1, 2018 at 2:16 pm
This looks AWESOME! Love all the different kinds of cheese!
AbeerFebruary 1, 2018 at 10:53 am
This is so easy to make! A perfect weeknight meal!
Jacque HastertFebruary 1, 2018 at 2:23 am
I can’t express enough how amazingly delicious this looks.
Katerina @ diethood .comFebruary 1, 2018 at 1:57 am
This sounds sooo good!!! Homemade mac and cheese is the best!!
DeeJanuary 31, 2018 at 7:40 pm
I just started making mac and cheese in the IP, and I’m never going back. Yours looks so good!
Dorothy at Shockingly DeliciousJanuary 31, 2018 at 5:10 pm
I am new to the Instant Pot game. I haven’t tried much pasta. This looks like the perfect place to start!
SabrinaJanuary 31, 2018 at 1:26 pm
This looks so good! Homemade mac and cheese is the best!
JenJanuary 31, 2018 at 1:25 pm
My boys are going to love this! So cheesy!!