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Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

Everyone's favorite comfort food has been made even easier. In only 15 minutes, you'll have Instant Pot Mac and Cheese smothered in a blend of four cheeses!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 638kcal


  • 12 oz elbow macaroni
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/4 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp pepper or to taste
  • 3 cups water
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese sharp, shredded
  • 1 cup provolone cheese shredded
  • 1 1/2 cups evaporated milk


  • Shred the cheddar, mozzarella, and provolone, if not already bought shredded.
  • Add the macaroni, butter, dry mustard, salt, pepper, and water to your Instant Pot. Stir to ensure all the noodles are submerged.
  • Close the lid (follow the manufacturer's guide for instructions on how to close the instant pot lid) and make sure the steam valve is set to seal. Cook on high pressure for 2 minutes if the package instructions for your pasta call for 6 minutes or less. For more than 6 minutes, cook on high pressure for 3 minutes. (Manual 2 min, manual is the default setting, all you have to do is press the down arrow to lower the time)
  • Once the Instant Pot cycle is complete, wait until the natural release cycle is complete, should take about 10 minutes. Follow the manufacturer's guide for quick release, if in a rush. Carefully unlock and remove the lid from the instant pot.
  • Stir in the evaporated milk and cheeses and serve warm.



What is an Instant Pot: An Instant Pot is a multi-cooker, it's like seven different appliances all in one! It does the job of a slow cooker, pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, etc. I strongly recommend reading the manufacturer's guide for instructions on how to use your Instant Pot before attempting this recipe. 
You can use any type of pasta that you'd like. Use a guide to ensure you have the appropriate amount of water if you decide to change the type of pasta.
Feel free to get creative with the types of cheese you use. 
If you don't want to use evaporated milk, you can use whole milk or 10% cream.
Regular prepared mustard or turmeric can be used if you don't have dry mustard.
Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used


Calories: 638kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 729mg | Potassium: 409mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1150IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 600mg | Iron: 1.3mg