Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

(Last Updated On: August 3, 2020)

 Instant Pot Mac and Cheese: Creamy, cheesy and oh so comforting. From pantry to table in less than 20 minutes!

instant pot mac and cheese

Instant pot recipes are huge right now.  Mac and cheese that is ready in under 10 minutes? Honestly besides a gift basket of puppies what is better than that?! Your family will devour this and beg for more!

I’ve said it before and I’ll probably say it again. Mac and cheese is the best comfort food,and it can be made in so many different ways. My instant pot mac and cheese recipe will have you scraping the pot for every last bite.

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Instant Pot Mac and Cheese Recipe

This instant pot mac and cheese recipe is one that I use when I need to get dinner on the table quickly. Mac and cheese instant pot version where have you been all my life? It’s so fast and easy that you’ll look for excuses to make it. It is also super kid friendly.


First, put your macaroni, butter, water and mustard powder in the instant pot. Stir it together, close the lid, and seal the valve on your instant pot. Set it to high pressure for four minutes on manual mode.

Can it get any easier? After that,do a quick release of the pressure and put the instant pot on the keep warm mode. Finally , add in the milk and cheese and stir until it forms a creamy sauce. The only way this recipe could get easier is if it made itself. I  mean we have robots that sweep the floor, get on this engineers!

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Who Invented Mac and Cheese?

There are many versions of mac and cheese. It’s hard to pinpoint one person who invented it. Alton Brown from the Food Network shared the urban legend that Thomas Jefferson invented it. However, while our third President may have been a huge fan of mac and cheese he did not invent it.

In fact, there are recipes for macaroni and cheese like dishes as far back as the 14th century from both Italy and England. In my opinion,the most likely candidate who invented mac and cheese is a mother or grandmother who needed something she could feed her brood. She probably threw a few favorites together ,and now we have the famous dish.

While that story may not be the truth either, it helps to illustrate how impossible it is to credit anyone with the recipe. I’m just glad someone did invent it.

What Goes With Mac and Cheese?

There are many things you could eat with instant pot mac and cheese. One of my favorites though is pork chops. Kids will clean a plate with pork chops and mac and cheese faster than I can make it! Add in a vegetable and you’ve got an entire meal.

You could also do fried or baked chicken. If you’d like something lighter, you could pair it with a salad, corn ,or broccoli as well.

How to Reheat Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

This can be tricky.  When you reheat mac and cheese, it can dry out or get greasy. If you add about a tablespoon of milk per one cup of mac and cheese when warming it up in the microwave it should help it taste as good as the day you made it.

Also, try covering your plate with plastic wrap,  and leaving the corner up to vent the steam. You could also put a plate over the top when warming it up in the microwave, if you don’t want to use plastic wrap.

How Long Does Mac and Cheese Last?

First, be sure to store your leftovers in a tightly sealed container. If you do this, the mac and cheese should last two or three days. Also, you can freeze it for up to 2 months.

 instant pot mac and cheese recipe

What To Do With Leftover Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

Oh, you’re looking for an option besides gorging yourself on it while watching Intervention at 11 PM?!  I’ll give you a few quick ideas of what you can do with your leftovers.

Fry it! Yes, fried food is good food and fried mac and cheese is no different. Mold the mac and cheese into balls, batter them and fry them up. Just as easy as when you made it in your instant pot.

You could also make it into a grilled cheese. Put it as a filling into your grilled cheese and add some sliced American. Also, you could add bacon. We all know bacon is culinary gold.

One of my family’s favorites is to add diced or stewed tomatoes to macaroni and cheese. Tomato and ground beef make it a hardier dish too.

Mac and cheese is so popular because we’ve all grown up with it. Who doesn’t have memories of this classic comfort food? It’s funny how a food can transport you back in time and bring you comfort. Enjoy this easy instant pot mac and cheese ,and be sure to let me know what you think.

instant pot mac and cheese recipe

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese: Creamy, cheesy and oh so comforting. From pantry to table in less than 20 minutes!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Best, Easy, Kid Friendly
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 9 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 702kcal
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  • 1 Pound Box Elbow Macaroni
  • 4 Cups Water
  • 2 Tablespoon Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Mustard Powder
  • 1 Cup Evaporated Milk
  • 2 Cups Cheddar Cheese Shredded
  • 2 Cups Colby Jack Cheese Shredded


  • Combine macaroni, water, butter, and mustard powder in the instant pot. Stir until well combined.
  • Seal lid, and cook on manual mode (high pressure) for 4 minutes. Then immediately release pressure.
  • Set Instant Pot to keep warm function.
  • Stir in milk, cheddar cheese, and colby jack cheese until cheese is melted and creamy.


Calories: 702kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 103mg | Sodium: 591mg | Potassium: 399mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1035IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 708mg | Iron: 1.8mg
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