Instant Pot Mac and Cheese • The Diary of a Real Housewife

Everyone’s favorite comfort food made in the Instant Pot. This Instant Pot Mac and Cheese is the best recipe for Mac and Cheese, and it is made in 10 minutes!

Mac and Cheese is a staple in our house. It is the one meal I can make that literally everyone will enjoy and eat without any questions. Sometimes after a long day, and the kids are asking for dinner I need to make sometime quick. This Instant Pot Mac and Cheese is the perfect dinner and I can make it in 10 minutes!

How to make Instant Pot Mac and Cheese:

Mac and Cheese is easy to make any way you make it. This Instant Pot Mac and Cheese may be the fastest way to make Macaroni and Cheese, besides making it from a box. You cook your noodles first in the instant pot. Next you mix in your half and half and cheeses. Mix those until they melt and it all comes together! Serve and enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • Elbow Macaroni (uncooked)
  • Unsalted Butter (cubed)
  • Broth – Chicken or Vegetable broth are best. If you do not have broth water will work too.
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Half and Half
  • Cheddar Cheese (shredded)
  • Mozzarella Cheese (shredded)
  • Parmesan Cheese (grated)

ingredients for instant pot mac and cheese

Directions:

Step One – To your instant pot add your uncooked elbow macaroni, unsalted butter, broth, salt, and pepper.

adding ingredients to the instant pot.

StepTwo – Close the lid and pressure valve. Select the PRESSURE COOK button on HIGH PRESSURE and cook for 5 minutes.

StepThree – Once the pressure-cooking cycle is over, do a quick release. Open the lid and select the CANCEL button.

cooked pasta in the instant pot.

Step Four – Add half and half, cheddar and stir, then add mozzarella and mix again, finally add grated parmesan and give a final mix until smooth and creamy. Serve warm and enjoy!

  • Cooking Tip: Use whatever cheese you want, just make sure it is shredded to make it easy to melt and mix together.

instant pot mac and cheese in yellow bowl.

Why make Mac and Cheese in an Instant Pot?

Macaroni and Cheese is made a lot of ways. People sometimes wonder why you make an easy recipe like Mac and Cheese in an Instant Pot? Well, there are two really good reasons to make this recipe in an Instant Pot. First reason is because it is a huge time saver! You can literally make this Mac and Cheese in 10 minutes! Perfectly cooked noodles in the Instant Pot when mixed with the cheeses give us the second reason. It is So GOOD! This recipe is creamy, cheesy and one of the best ways to make Mac and Cheese.

top down view of instant pot mac and cheese in bowl.

How to store Macaroni and Cheese:

Mac and Cheese is easily stored in an air tight container. It can be stored in the refrigerator for about 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 2 months. I love making extra so I have leftovers, and it is a great meal to send over to family or friends who can use a meal.

How to reheat Macaroni and Cheese:

To reheat, place the leftovers in an oven safe-dish and heat at 350 degrees. If it is dry mix in a little half and half. Cover with aluminum foil and reheat for 10 minutes. We about 3 minutes left add some extra cheese on top, just to make it even better!

closeup of instant pot mac and cheese on fork.

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Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

Jennie Duncan

Everyone’s favorite comfort food made in the Instant Pot. This Instant Pot Mac and Cheese is the best recipe for Mac and Cheese and it is made in 10 minutes!

Prep Time 5 mins

Cook Time 5 mins

Total Time 10 mins

Race Dinner, Instant Pot, Main Course

Kitchen American, Instant Pot

Servings 6

calories 557 calories

Ingredients

  • 1 lbs. elbow macaroni (uncooked)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter (cubed)
  • 4 cups brother (or water)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper (or to taste)
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 cup Cheddar (shredded)
  • 1 cup Mozzarella (shredded)
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese grated

Instructions

  • To your instant pot add your uncooked elbow macaroni, unsalted butter, broth, salt, and pepper.

  • Close the lid and pressure valve. Select the PRESSURE COOK button on HIGH PRESSURE and cook for 5 minutes.

  • Once the pressure-cooking cycle is over, do a quick release. Open the lid and select the CANCEL button.

  • Add half and half, cheddar and stir, then add mozzarella and mix again, finally add grated parmesan and give a final mix until smooth and creamy. Serve warm and enjoy!

Ratings

Cooking Tip: Use whatever cheese you want, just make sure it is shredded to make it easy to melt and mix together.
How to store Macaroni and Cheese:
Mac and Cheese is easily stored in an air tight container. It can be stored in the refrigerator for about 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 2 months. I love making extra so I have leftovers, and it is a great meal to send over to family or friends who can use a meal.
How to reheat Macaroni and Cheese:
To reheat, place the leftovers in an oven safe-dish and heat at 350 degrees. If it is dry mix in a little half and half. Cover with aluminum foil and reheat for 10 minutes. We about 3 minutes left add some extra cheese on top, just to make it even better!

Nutrition

Serving: 1cupSodium: 1418mgCalcium: 388mgVitamin C: 1mgVitamin A: 1032UISugar: 5gfiber: 2gPotassium: 262mgCholesterol: 68mgcalories: 557caloriesTrans Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 14gFat: 24gprotein: 23gCarbohydrates: 61gIron: 1mg

Keyword Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

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