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Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

An Instant Pot Mac and Cheese Recipe made in 4 minutes! Forget the boxed stuff and make this quick and easy recipe made with only 6 ingredients.
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Prep Time: 6 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: EmilyFabulous


Basic Mac & Cheese

  • 1 16 ounce box whole wheat pasta
  • 3 tablespoon unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 cups water
  • cups shredded cheddar cheese (or your favorite melty cheese)
  • ½ cup milk, room temp

Extras for more flavor

  • 1-2 tablespoon stone ground or dijon mustard
  • fresh ground pepper
  • Italian breadcrumbs
  • fresh or dried oregano or sage
  • garlic powder
  • cooked sausage or bacon
  • roasted veggies (squash, tomatoes, asparagus, etc.)


Basic Mac & Cheese

  • Place the pasta, butter, salt, and water into Instant Pot and stir together. Lock the lid in place and ensure the steam vent is closed. Set to Manual Pressure Cook High for 4 minutes.
    instant pot mac and cheese before cooking
  • After the four minutes, quick-release the steam. Always be careful and follow instructions from the manual.
    instant pot mac and cheese after cooking
  • Once the steam has released and the pin has dropped, open the lid and stir the pasta. Add the milk and cheese and continue stirring until fully melted.
    instant pot mac & cheese

How to add more flavor

  • Add the mustard and fresh ground pepper (or whatever ingredients you are adding) and combine it with the cheesy pasta. Then place it in an oven-safe dish and sprinkle breadcrumbs and fresh herbs on top. Place the dish in the oven under the broiler for 5-7 minutes until it is nice and brown on top. Allow it to cool and enjoy!
    instant pot mac & cheese with herbs


  • Always read the instruction manual that came with your Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker and follow all safety guidelines.

Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.