Instant Pot Mac and Cheese


Try this quick and easy electric pressure cooker macaroni and cheese recipe — let the Instant Pot do the work.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 1 (16 ounce) package elbow macaroni

  • 1 quart chicken stock

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard

  • ½ teaspoon liquid smoke flavoring

  • ½ teaspoon paprika

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1 cup milk

  • 8 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese

  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Combine macaroni, chicken stock, salt, dry mustard, liquid smoke, paprika, pepper, and garlic powder in a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot). Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 4 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  2. Release pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid.

  3. Stir in butter, then milk. Add in Cheddar and Parmesan cheese until melted. Mixture will be soupy at first.

  4. Select the "Keep Warm" setting on the Instant Pot and allow macaroni to sit, uncovered and stirring occasionally, until all liquid has been absorbed and consistency is smooth and creamy, about 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

333 Calories
14g Fat
36g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 333
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 8g 41%
Cholesterol 39mg 13%
Sodium 681mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 295mg 23%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 178mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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