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Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
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Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

The easiest way to make delicious macaroni and cheese in the Instant Pot using REAL ingredients.
Recipe from basilandbubbly.com
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 301kcal
Author: Marianne
Cost: $7



  • 1 lb macaroni dried
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 lb medium cheddar cheese or mild cheese. Freshly shredded from a block, NOT pre-shredded.
  • 1 cup heavy cream also called heavy whipping cream


  • Add the macaroni and 4 cups of water to the insert of the Instant Pot. Stir well.
    Place the lid on the Instant Pot and twist it to lock. Push the vent valve to "Sealing"/ closed.
  • Set the pot to Manual for 5 minutes. Your model might also say "Pressure Cook" instead of Manual.
    It should be set to High Pressure automatically, but it can't hurt to verify that the little light under High is lit up just in case.
  • After 5 minutes, carefully open the vent valve. There will be a LOT of steam escaping!
    I like to use the handle of a wooden spoon to do this and avoid the rush of steam.
  • Once all the pressure as released, the pin next to the vent will drop, and you can open the pot.
    Stir the pasta and any remaining water to break up any pieces of pasta that are stuck together.
  • Add the salt, pepper, and cream to the pot. Stir to combine.
  • Add one third of the shredded cheddar to the pot. Stir until it has all melted into the pasta and cream.
    Stir in another third of the cheese until it has melted.
    Finally, add the last of the cheese and stir until it has melted and Serve!


Calories: 301kcal