In today’s post, I share my easy Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Mac and Cheese Recipe. If you were to list your favorite comfort food I am very sure Mac and Cheese Recipe would be in the top five. At least in my household, it is right up there with chicken and dumplings.  

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Mac and Cheese Recipe

mac and cheese with fresh tomato

Please note that just because it is made with an Instant pot or electric power pressure cooker does not mean you throw everything in and walk away!  This will be the easiest and tastiest Mac and Cheese you will ever taste.

The recipe below is for Instant Pot or Electric Pressure Cooker users.  You can skip down to the notes in the recipe to read how to use this same recipe on the stovetop.  I would encourage you to seriously consider adding a Pressure cooker to your home appliance.  Besides, we use the instant pot almost every day in my home.  Scroll down to the bottom of the page because the there is a  Mac and Cheese print recipe option!

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Mac and Cheese Recipe

Course: SideCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


Prep time


Cooking time




  • 2 1/2 cups dry macaroni noodles

  • 3 cups water ( or use 1 cup of chicken broth and 2 cups of water)

  • 1 small sweet onion chopped

  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard

  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoning salt or to taste

  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

  • 1 tablespoon Ghee ( or butter)

  • 3 oz. cream cheese approx. 1/3 cup

  • 3/4 cup milk divided

  • 2 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

  • 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese


  • Warm up Instant Pot, Pressure Cooker to melt the ghee or butter. Once the butter is hot add the chopped onion and saute.

  • Stir in mustard once onions are saute.

  • Carefully pour in the water and or chicken broth to the pot

  • Add the uncooked noodles

  • Set instant pot or pressure cooker to the proper temperature and time as manufacturer detailed in manual. 

  • Once the Electric Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot) has completed the pasta setting release the top immediately.

  • Slowly stir in cream cheese, cheese and any seasoning you may want for taste as needed.

  • Put lid on for a few minutes to let the cheese melt before removing and stirring.  

  • Serve immediately or with in the hour to prevent pasta from getting mushy. 

    Mac and Cheese Recipe Up-close

    Mac & Cheese From The Pot

    I think this recipe is best when you use the cheese you have on hand.  Sometimes I will add a nice shredded swiss cheese or even delicious swiss gruyere.  You can’t go wrong when it comes to fresh in a Mac and Cheese recipe.

    mac&cheese cheeses
    Cheese Used In This Recipe

    Using the Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker is so much easier because you basically measure the water and noodles, push a button and let the pasta cook. Once the flavorful noodles are cooked you just add the cheese. Oddly enough, It doesn’t get much easier than that when creating homemade Mac and Cheese.

    Mac and Cheese

    One of my favorite veggies to pair with Mac and Cheese is home grown tomatoes! A dash of fresh ground pepper and its the perfect meal. 

    Mac&Cheese with Tomato

    This Mac and Cheese Recipe was part of a large dish I divided and left for my son and his college friends and for camp side dish.  Below is a photo of my plate at camp with the Mac & Cheese.

    Mac and Cheese Recipe
    Camp Place with Mac and Cheese on Side
    Dinner Plate while Camping with my Family

    More Comfort Food Recipes

    Don’t miss these other comfort food recipes on my website.  Be sure to click over to each and try them out.  If you are enjoying these meals be sure to leave a comment.  Most of my easy soups are created in the Electric Pressure Cooker making for easy clean up and covenant dining. 

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    Let’s Connect

    In conclusion to checking out this recipe please consider commenting below.  This is one of the tastiest and easy to make recipes I have ever put together – for now!  

    Happy Mac and Cheese Day,

    Bren Haas

    2 Responses

    1. That looks totally yummy. I will try it.
      Thanks Bren.?

      1. Thank you Peg – I appreciate you commenting. I’ve got plenty of recipes on my website here and if you need help with anything just let me know by commenting.

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