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Creamy Instant Pot Mac and Cheese is a quick and easy pasta dinner or side dish that takes just a few minutes to make in your pressure cooker.  You only need a few ingredients for this rich and creamy homemade macaroni and cheese recipe, and it’s definitely kid approved!

creamy instant pot mac and cheese in white ramekins

This recipe for Instant Pot mac and cheese is a complete game changer and one of the easiest Instant Pot recipes you can cook. One bite of this creamy, cheesy pasta and you’ll never go back to the boxed macaroni and cheese again!

So, I finally made mac and cheese in the Instant Pot, and I can’t believe I waited this long to try it! See, I’m not really a fan of mac and cheese. But the Hubs and the kids love it, so I’ll sometimes make homemade macaroni and cheese on the stove for them. I’m nice like that!

But, I’ve been seeing so many people make mac and cheese in the pressure cooker lately, and they all just rave about it. It’s like something you have to make when you buy an Instant Pot, know what I mean?

So, I gave in, and I made Instant Pot mac and cheese one night when I needed something quick and easy for dinner. And you guys, it was awesome! I used to make macaroni and cheese in the slow cooker, using evaporated milk, and this Instant Pot mac and cheese recipe is so much faster. Plus, it’s made without evaporated milk, and it tasted so much better!

Instant Pot mac and cheese only takes about 15 minutes, and you’ll be enjoying a cheesy, creamy macaroni and cheese dinner in no time! And, you can easily make a delicious homemade baked mac and cheese from the leftovers!

How to make Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

creamy instant pot mac and cheese with butter and macaroni and water in pressure cooker

All you do is add the macaroni pasta, some butter and whatever seasonings you prefer to the Instant Pot. You can use plain old salt and pepper, or you can add more spices for extra flavor. I added some garlic powder for this version because I wanted as much flavor as possible.

After the pasta cooks, you add in the good stuff. I used heavy cream because I love super creamy mac and cheese, and this does the trick — much better than evaporated milk or regular milk!

stir in cheese and cream with macaroni for instant pot mac and cheese

Next, you gradually stir in the cheese. You can use your favorite cheese here, but plan to use at least 3 cups, and please, don’t use the packaged shredded cheese! It just doesn’t melt as well as the block cheese, and you definitely want your cheese to melt into a smooth and creamy sauce!

I used a combo of sharp cheddar, gouda and Parm, but like I said, you can play around with the flavors to find a mix that you really like. This is an awesome combo, though!

creamy instant pot mac and cheese on spoon

Just look at that creamy, cheesy goodness! I think you’re gonna love this mac and cheese, friends!

Tips to Make Perfect Mac and Cheese in the Instant Pot

  1. Don’t use pre-packaged shredded cheese
  2. Use cream or evaporated milk for creamier texture
  3. Cut butter into pieces instead of using one big chunk
  4. Do a gradual quick release for less mess
  5. Stir cheese in gradually and allow to melt before adding more

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How to Make Creamy Instant Pot Mac and Cheese in the Pressure Cooker

5 from 4 votes

Creamy Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

By: Dee
Creamy Instant Pot Mac and Cheese takes is made with a few simple ingredients and no evaporated milk! It takes just a few minutes to make homemade mac and cheese in the pressure cooker, and it's a quick and easy dinner or side dish that everyone loves. It's definitely kid approved!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
pressure time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 19 minutes
Servings: 12


  • 1 16-ounce box elbow macaroni
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 tablespoons butter, cut into even pieces
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded gouda cheese
  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
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  • Add the macaroni, water, butter, sea salt, garlic powder and pepper to the Instant Pot
  • Turn valve to sealing position, and hit PRESSURE COOK for 4 minutes
  • Allow pot to come to pressure, and after 4 minutes cook time, do a gradual quick release, hit CANCEL, and open lid when pin drops  
  • Gently stir the macaroni, then gradually stir in the cream
  • Gradually, stir in the cheeses, about 1 cup at a time, and mix well so that it all blends together
  • Serve immediately, and top with additional shredded cheese, if desired



For best results, avoid packaged shredded cheese.
Recipe was made in 8-quart Instant Pot and a 6-quart. Cook time allows for approximately 10 minutes for pot to come to pressure before cooking for 4 minutes.


Calories: 380kcal

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main
Cuisine: American
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This creamy Instant Pot mac and cheese recipe was a huge, huge hit with my family. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! Don’t forget to make baked mac and cheese with the leftovers!

Happy Cooking,

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  1. Claire says:

    Just made this tonight and loved it! I think it’s going to make a great baked Mac too! However, like I mention with all cheesy recipes: a little mustard really compliments the cheese!

  2. Charlie says:

    I have made this recipie and then I lost it and couldn’t remember which one it was. My family and I just found it again after 2 months of searching, we r extatic and making it today. We truely love this recipie!

    1. Dee says:

      Thank you SO much, Charlie! You just made my week!