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Easy Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

Easy Instant Pot Mac and Cheese - A super short ingredient list with just 6 min in the pressure cooker! So easy, quick, and unbelievably creamy. SO SO GOOD.

The perfect Instant Pot Mac and Cheese recipe. A super short ingredient list with just 6 min in the pressure cooker! So easy, quick, and unbelievably creamy. SO SO GOOD.

Easy Instant Pot Mac and Cheese - A super short ingredient list with just 6 min in the pressure cooker! So easy, quick, and unbelievably creamy. SO SO GOOD.

I have been on a mac and cheese binge lately.

I particularly like to add broccoli to it when I can, here and here – you know, for added veggies and all. And then I sometimes like to make it on a sheet pan for those maximum crispy bits – because guys, who wants to share those crispy edges, right?

But sometimes you just need a classic, extra-sharp cheddar mac and cheese without any fuss or any babysitting.

Easy Instant Pot Mac and Cheese - A super short ingredient list with just 6 min in the pressure cooker! So easy, quick, and unbelievably creamy. SO SO GOOD.

Something you can make basically hands-free in just 6 minutes. And it’s super ideal if the pasta can cook with the rest of your ingredients.

Well, you guys are in so much luck because the Instant Pot will do all of this for you. Yes, the IP will cook your pasta, and the residual heat will melt all that cheesy goodness into that cream pool of heaven.

And we all know Thanksgiving is right around the corner so this will be all ready in your arsenal, not taking up any oven space at all.

Easy Instant Pot Mac and Cheese - A super short ingredient list with just 6 min in the pressure cooker! So easy, quick, and unbelievably creamy. SO SO GOOD.

Easy Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

A super short ingredient list with just 6 min in the pressure cooker! So easy, quick, and unbelievably creamy. SO SO GOOD.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 (12-ounce) package medium pasta shells
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 8 ounces shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese, about 2 cups
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan

Directions:

  1. Add pasta, paprika, onion powder and garlic powder to a 6-qt Instant Pot®. Stir in 3 1/2 cups water; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  2. Select manual setting; adjust pressure to high, and set time for 6 minutes. When finished cooking, quick-release pressure according to manufacturer’s directions.
  3. Select warm setting. Stir in heavy cream and Dijon until warmed, about 1 minute. Gradually whisk in cheeses until melted, about 2 minutes; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Serve immediately.

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31 comments

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    We made this for Easter this year, and my family RAVED about it! They let me know in no uncertain terms that this will be the only macaroni and cheese we make ever again!

    I did add in some Parmesan to the sharp cheddar, and the last of some aged Gouda that I had, and just a bit of garlic salt at the end really enhanced the flavors. Thanks for this wonderful recipe!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    I loved how easy this was to make! We spiced things up a little by adding bacon and jalapeños to the end! 

  3. Rated 4 out of 5

    If I only have a 3 qt instant pot can I still make this recipe or do I need to cut it in half?

  4. Can this be doubled?

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Made this for my husband after dental surgery and he LOVED it!!! Super easy and I doubled the recipe so we have tons.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    I made this last night and it turned out great! When I opened the pot, I was at first a little worried because there was still quite a bit of water left. But after I added the cheese, it was perfect. Everyone loved it!

  7. I was planning on making this today for dinner. Realized I have an 8qt pot and have 16oz of noodles. Should I change the cook time on the pot or add more water to the noodles? Thanks! 

    • I made it with a 16 oz box of pasta and adjusted the water to 4 2/3 cups. It looked a little too watery right after opening but after the cheese was added it was perfect.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Fantastic recipe!!!  The pasta came out perfectly.  It was cheesy and tangy and creamy. I subbed chicken broth in for the water because….hey why not?!  Didn’t add additional salt.  I’ve already made this twice.  I made it for Thanksgiving for the kids. And the adults were the ones who ended up raving about it.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is an awesome recipe! Delicious and easy! My kids licked their plates!

  10. I omitted the mustard because I don’t enjoy that flavor and had to add a LOT of milk after the heavy cream to get the cheese to not be stringy but it was delicious! My three boys and I had it gone in minutes. Will definitely be making it again. My middle son said he would like that to be his weekly dinner choice next week as we all choose one recipe per week to make in the instant pot for the entire family and each persons preps and cooks their meal. So glad we tried this!

  11. I forgot to buy Dijon mustard, but regular yellow mustard did the trick just fine. This is great! I also substituted shredded cheddar cheese for leftover Taco style shredded cheese, and it was still amazing. I will definitely make this again!

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wow! If I could give this a 10 star rating I would. My family loves this! So easy and so delicious!!! 

  13. Rated 3 out of 5

    Quick and easy recipe. However, I had hoped for a creamier texture. I will retry using a colby/jack blend cheese next time and a tad bit more heavy cream. Thank you for posting.

  14. Is the pasta supposed to be drained?  If so, the recipe should specify so.  Otherwise this is crap!

  15. About to make this recipe, have you ever tried it with crushed ritz crackers on top? My daughter wants me to add that, bit I’m curious if it’ll dry everything else out

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was a phenomenally easy recipe. I have never done noodles in an instant pot before and it worked perfectly. Any thoughts about me throwing this on a sheet pan with extra layer of cheese and crisping under the broiler?

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was amazing, thank you so much!!

  18. I cannot wait until I can eat cheese again. This sounds amazing and easy to make.

  19. I was just wondering if this would work the same with Gluten Free pasta shells?

  20. I need more that 6 servings. Can I double everything? I wasnt sure about the water.