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Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Mac & Cheese Recipe

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

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Mac & Cheese Recipe

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!
Mac and Cheese Recipe
Mac and Cheese Plate at Camp

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.  I’ve got these in my shop if you are interested in purchasing NOW! We use ours weekly (sometimes daily) in my home.  Don’t forget to click the ‘print recipe’ option to easily add this to your kitchen recipe notebook.

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Mac & Cheese Recipe



  • 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


  1. Warm up Instant Pot, Pressure Cooker to melt the ghee or butter. Once the butter is hot add the chopped onion and saute.
  2. Stir in mustard once onions are saute.
  3. Carefully pour in the water and or chicken broth to the pot
  4. Add the uncooked noodles
  5. Set instant pot or pressure cooker to the proper temperature and time as manufacturer detailed in manuals.
  6. Once the Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker has completed the pasta setting release the top
  7. Slowly stir in cream cheese, cheese and any seasoning you may want for taste as needed.
  8. Put lid back on well stirred Mac & Cheese to let it slowly melt together
  9. Serve immediately or with in 2 hours


If you are using stove top method you will want to dice the sweet onions super small and drain them with the water after the noodles are cooked. I highly recommend using the Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker for this recipe – it is the best!

Mac and Cheese Up-close | Kitchen Photos

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 cheese.

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.  There is no straining of water needed.  Once the flavorful noodles are cooked you just add the cheese.  It doesn’t get much easier than that.

Mac and Cheese

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

Mac&Cheese with Tomato

This Mac & Cheese 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

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Let’s Connect

Have you ever made Mac and Cheese in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker?  I would love to hear your experience and if you do anything special to keep it moist and tasty.  Be sure to comment on my post or check out my contact page to leave a detailed message and sign up for my Creative Living Newsletter filled with fun and exciting recipes.

Happy Cooking,

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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