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Instant Pot Kielbasa Mac and Cheese recipe is a quick and easy dinner made with pasta and smoked sausage slices. Just add the ingredients and cook!

bowl of instant pot kielbasa mac and cheese

This mac and cheese is one of the easiest, simplest Instant Pot recipes you can make because there is hardly any prep work involved. And because you’re using smoked sausage, there’s no need to pre-cook the meat, which is a huge timesaver!

I grew up on kielbasa recipes. I truly love the stuff!

Some of our favorite smoked sausage recipes include sheet pan dinners, noodles and cabbage, Instant Pot Cabbage and Noodle and Polish Sausage Sandwiches! It’s very versatile!

How to Make Instant Pot Smoked Sausage Mac and Cheese

When I make plain Instant Pot Mac and Cheese, I like to use several kinds of cheese for more flavor, but for this one, I kept everything simple. You get plenty of extra flavor from the smoked sausage.

Just cut the smoked sausage into pieces roughly ½ in thick and place them in the pressure cooker.

I sometimes use 2 ropes of kielbasa for a meatier mac and cheese. You can use 1 or 2 without changing anything else.

smoked sausage kielbasa in instant pot

Next, add the pasta, spices and water. Don’t stir just yet.

Add a few pats of butter. Then, you cook the mac and sausage for 4 minutes.   

macaroni in instant pot

After cooking, you can add more butter for a super creamy mac and cheese. Or, you just add shredded cheese, cream and a little Dijon mustard.

Now, you can stir everything together until it’s all mixed well. The mustard adds an extra pop of flavor that goes well with the smokiness of the sausage.

It’s not overpowering. But if you’re not a mustard fan, you can leave it out.

mac and cheese with kielbasa in pressure cooker

And that’s it! You’ve got an easy, kid friendly dinner in about 30 minutes — quicker than takeout and healthier, too!

bowl of mac and cheese with sliced smoked sausage

This post was originally published as sponsored by Eckrich Smoked Sausage in 2018 but has been updated with new pictures and recipe information in 2020.

Instant Pot Kielbasa Mac and Cheese Recipe

5 from 15 votes

Instant Pot Smoked Sausage Mac and Cheese

By: Dee
Instant Pot Kielbasa Mac and Cheese recipe is a quick and easy dinner made with pasta and smoked sausage slices. Just add the ingredients and cook!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
time to pressurize: 10 minutes
Total Time: 19 minutes
Servings: 10


  • 1 rope Kielbasa or Smoked Sausage sliced Can use 2 ropes for more meat
  • 1 16-ounce box macaroni pasta
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons butter sliced into smaller pieces
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 cups shredded Colby jack cheese
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  • Place the smoked sausage slices in the Instant Pot
  • Add the macaroni over the sausage
  • Add the sea salt, garlic powder and pepper over the pasta
  • Pour water around the sides and over the pasta, and add butter
  • Cover with lid, turn vent to Sealing position, and hit PRESSURE COOK for 4 minutes
  • Pot will take time to pressurize, then begin counting down at 4 minutes
  • After cook time, do a gradual quick release
  • After pin drops, open lid, add cream, mustard, and gradually add cheese, stirring well until completely blended



Recipe was made in a 6-quart Instant Pot electric pressure cooker, but an 8 quart can be used without changing time or ingredient amounts.
For a creamier mac and cheese, add an additional 3 tablespoons butter after pressure cooking along with the cream and cheese.
You can use 2 ropes of smoked sausage without changing any other ingredients or cooking times.


Calories: 250kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 15g, Cholesterol: 77mg, Sodium: 493mg, Potassium: 51mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 794IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 264mg, Iron: 1mg

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

Additional Info

Course: Main
Cuisine: American
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  1. Miz Helen says:

    A great combo for the Instant Pot! Hope you are having a good week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen5 stars

  2. Patricia @ Grab a Plate says:

    I’ll add this to my list for a fab fall dish! I love adding tasty sausage to different dishes. Looks great!

  3. Lauren says:

    I bet the smokiness of the sausage gives it a nice touch

  4. Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert says:

    This couldn’t look any more perfect! This looks fabulous!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thank you so much, Erin! 🙂

  5. Catalina says:

    My kid will go crazy over this version of Mac and Cheese!

  6. Mahy Elamin says:

    That sounds so flavorful! One of my favs. I can’t WAIT to try this! Thank you for this great recipe! So YUMMY!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks so much, Mahy! This mac and cheese is definitely a favorite. 🙂

    2. Laurie says:

      I used bow ties and the pasta wasn’t cooked. Still very hard. Just started it for more time.

      1. Dee says:

        Hmmm. Not sure what the problem was, but it always comes out fine for us. We do stick to the macaroni, though.

      2. Amanda says:

        Look at the cook time on the pasta box that you are using and use half the cook time recommended! (May have to add just a wee bit more liquid but not much)

  7. James says:

    Made this last night! Yummy and super easy. Always have the ingredients on hand.5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      I’m glad you liked it, James! Thanks! 🙂

  8. Kimberly says:

    The addition of the sausage is a delicious touch!

    1. Dee says:

      It really is! Thanks so much, Kimberly!

  9. Sara says:

    I know my family is going to love this! Super easy to make and delicious!

    1. Dee says:

      It was a huge hit with my family! 🙂

  10. Nancy | The Bitter Side of Sweet says:

    I’m thinking I need to invest in an Instant Pot! This looks great!

    1. Dee says:

      Oh, definitely! I love my Instant Pot! 🙂

    2. Misty Elliott says:

      You have to get one!!!