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easy instant pot Mac and cheese
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Instant Pot Easy Mac and Cheese

The Best Instant Pot Mac and Cheese! This is the EASIEST recipe for Macaroni and Cheese that you’ll find. Add in cream cheese for extra creaminess!
Prep Time5 minutes
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Keyword: pasta
Servings: 6


  • 1 lb elbow macaroni
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tsp dry ground mustard
  • 2 tsp kosher or sea salt plus more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 8 oz sharp cheddar cheese
  • 8 oz Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese shredded
  • 2 oz cream cheese


  • Add macaroni, butter, water, mustard, salt, and pepper to your Instant Pot. Secure the lid, select manual, and high pressure for 4 minutes. (Please note: if the directions on your boxed macaroni have a boil time that is less than 6 minutes, cook on high pressure for only 3 minutes.)
  • Once complete, use a quick release. Open the lid and check that the pasta is cooked completely. If not, select sauté and cook for another 2 minutes until the pasta is fully cooked.
  • Add in the evaporated milk and each of the cheeses. Continue to mix and stir until creamy. Add any extra salt to taste.
  • Serve hot.