Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

Contributor: Emily Dingmann

Super creamy mac and cheese in the Instant Pot? You bet! We’ve got the tips you need for it to turn out just right.

  • Author: Emily Dingmann
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Entrée
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American


  • 16 oz. elbow macaroni
  • 4 cups chicken broth (or veggie)
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. mustard powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup half & half
  • 3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese


  1. Add ingredients to the Instant Pot in this order – pasta, broth, butter, garlic powder, mustard powder and salt.
  2. Lock pressure cooker lid and close pressure release valve.
  3. Set Instant Pot to manual high pressure for 4 minutes. Natural release for 2 minutes, then quick release.
  4. Stir in half & half and cheese until combined.
  5. Serve immediately.


Actual cook time will vary depending on your Instant Pot and altitude as time for the pot to come to pressure may vary. It usually takes approximately 15 minutes for most pots.