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Instant Pot Mac & Cheese

Ahhh, mac and cheese. A vegetarian meal, or a lovely side dish that pleases all ages.

You know before I moved out on my own, hell, even for the first 15 years, I stayed far away from real mac and cheese. Something had me in my head saying I would hate it. How weird is that? But then, I decided, what the hell. And I am in love. My goodness! The cheesy, the savory, the creamy, the delicate balance of cheeses! And in the instant pot?! Yes, m&#@! f#(*@# please!

This instant pot meal is so easy to make.You seriously just grab your ingredients, pressure cook for 4 minutes and add some cheese and milk! Boom kiddies!

If you are looking for something more to add, and maybe add this as a side dish, check out my garlic steak bites for something savory to add. You could do a parmesan crusted chicken, or make your life easy and steam up some meatballs. We like to pair this with a nice salad and call it good!

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings


  • Instant Pot


  • 4 cups elbow pasta
  • 4 cups chicken broth Vegetable broth, or water works too
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup parmesan
  • 1 1/2 cups medium cheddar
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup milk


  • Pour in elbow pasta, butter and chicken broth into instant pot
  • Add all spices and stir lightly
  • Set instant pot to pressure cook for 4 minutes, then quick release
  • DO NOT DRAIN the liquid
  • Slowly fold in each cheese, stirring as you go
  • Add 1/2 cup of milk
  • Serve hot and enjoy!


If you enjoy your pasta a little creamier, add more milk. 
To reheat the macaroni and cheese, add a pat of butter or milk after heating. 
You can use any assembly of cheeses, don’t stress if you’re missing one! The parmesan I add for depth, the other cheeses are preference. At bare minimum, add 2 cups of cheddar cheese. 
If you want to get cray-cray, toast some bread crumbs with butter. Then pour mac and cheese into a casserole dish, add crumbs on top and broil for just a moment. 
Keyword 30 minutes, instant pot, mac and cheese, macaroni and cheese

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