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5 Minute Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

Yes…you heard that right! Make cheesy, creamy, homemade Mac & Cheese in your Instant Pot faster than it would take to boil water for the macaroni. All the rich delicious flavor you love plus one pot prep means less cleanup too!
Course Lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword instant pot
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 432kcal


  • 1 lb elbow macaroni
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 TB butter
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp onion powder or garlic powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp hot sauce
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ¼ cup cream cheese
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 ½ cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese


  • Combine macaroni, broth, butter, dry mustard, onion or garlic powder, salt, and hot sauce in Instant Pot. Seal lid and set to High Pressure for 5 minutes. When done, carefully fast release the steam and open lid. Stir in milk and cheeses until creamy. Season to taste with salt and pepper.


Chef Tips: Try subbing in shredded gruyere in place of the cheddar for an upscale edge, or serve this topped with a dusting of buttered toasted panko for a delicious decadent crunch.


Calories: 432kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 1056mg | Potassium: 289mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 585IU | Vitamin C: 8.4mg | Calcium: 335mg | Iron: 1.3mg