Easy one pot Instant Pot Mac and Cheese is simple to make and always a winning recipe!

You can have a delicious and hearty meal on the table about 20 minutes! Plus, it’s perfect for busy weeknights when you don’t have a lot of time to cook.

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese Recipe

INSTANT POT MAC AND CHEESE RECIPE

Easy Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

I’m excited to share my favorite quick and easy recipe for how to make Mac and Cheese in the Instant Pot!

Whether you’re a busy mom or just short on time, this easy one pot Instant Pot Mac and Cheese is the perfect dinner solution! It’s creamy, cheesy, and ready to eat in just minutes.

This easy recipe a great way to use up any leftover pasta you might have. So give it a try tonight!

Easy Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

Easy Weeknight Instant Pot Dinner Recipe

This fabulous Instant Pot Mac and Cheese recipe is perfect for a fast weeknight night dinner.

Have dinner on the table in 20 minutes and use left-overs for school lunch the next day.

I’ve been eating gluten-free on my new diet and loving it! I used Banza gluten-free pasta for this dish, but the recipe calls for regular elbow pasta. Whichever you choose, this dinner is always satisfying. 

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese Recipe with plate of pasta
Fast and easy macaroni and cheese recipe!

How to Make Instant Pot Mac & Cheese

This easy Instant Pot recipe only has a few steps and will make homemade dinners a breeze!

Instant Pot mixing cheese to make Mac and Cheese
  • Instant Pot: Add macaroni pasta and water into the pot
  • Cook: 4 minutes on high
  • Quick Release:  This way the pasta doesn’t overcook
  • Gently stir: Add butter, cheese, milk, salt and smoked paprika.
  • Eat: Serve and enjoy!
Instant Pot Mac and Cheese How to Recipe

What Goes with Mac and Cheese?

Want to jazz up this Mac and cheese recipe? On a busy weeknight, a salad along with this recipe really hits the spot. I also love these sliders or crispy chicken

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese Gluten Free Recipe

15 Add-Ins to Spruce up Mac and Cheese

You could also add in your favorite vegetables, crackers or meat. Here are fifteen delicious Mac and cheese additions.

  • Ground Turkey
  • Ground Beef
  • Shredded chicken
  • Ham
  • Bacon
  • Broccoli
  • Peas
  • Tomatoes
  • Bell Peppers
  • Green beans
  • Carrots
  • Roasted garlic
  • Onions
  • Crackers
  • Chips
one pot Instant Pot Mac and Cheese Recipe in Bowl

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Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

This One Pot Instant Pot Mac and Cheese is simple to make and always a winning recipe! Have dinner on the table in 20 minutes and use left-overs for school lunch the next day.
Active Time4 mins
Instant Pot Preheating12 mins
Total Time16 mins
Yield: 6
Author: Amy Locurto

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 16 oz uncooked elbow pasta
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 ½ cup shredded Cheddar jack
  • ½ cup 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika

Instructions

  • Add the pasta and water into the Instant Pot. Stir and make sure the noodles are covered with water.
  • Cook for 4 minutes on high.
  • Quick release when done, remove the lid.
  • Gently stir in the butter until melted.
  • Add the cheese, milk, salt and paprika.
  • Add more milk if needed and salt to taste.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Add more milk if needed and salt to taste.
For a Gluten-Free, Dairy Free Mac & Cheese
Substitute:
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Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheese, dinner, gluten-free, instant pot, mac and cheese
Calories: 522kcal

Nutrition

Calories: 522kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 728mg | Potassium: 243mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 683IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 393mg | Iron: 1mg

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7 Comments

  1. Amy this looks DELISH! And I am 100% totally new to the Ibotta app/ browser extension, so THANK YOU for sharing!!

  2. Oh my gosh mac and cheese! I can’t wait to try this recipe again. This time I might add some seasoned ground beef.

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