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Pressure Cooker Mac and Cheese {Instant Pot Mac and Cheese}


Pressure Cooker Mac and Cheese – Cheddar and Parmesan cheeses flavor this quick and easy mac and cheese ready in under 10 minutes, thanks to the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.

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I pride myself in not hopping on too many culinary bandwagons.  As I mentioned in my post for Colcannon Twice Baked Potatoes, I hate kale.  I’m not scared to say it.  I’m not into making my own homemade ketchup.  Nope, not me; I don’t even eat ketchup, homemade or otherwise.

Paleo? Who me? No.

Whole 30?


I never even have posted a recipe using cookie butter (and that stuff is gooooood).


Okay, I’m guilty of that one.

But, in my defense, there’s not a kimchi movement like there is for freakin’ kale.  And it’s not like I posted a normal kimchi recipe.  I actually posted a hot dog topped with kimchi.

Great, now I’m craving a Kimchi Hot Dog. Sigh.

Anyway, I’m getting into all this because for a year now, I’ve been seeing recipes using this magical machine called an Instant Pot.

From what I gathered, this magical machine is an electric pressure cooker.  Big deal, I thought.

Soups?  Who cares, I can cook those on the stove.

Pulled pork?

Whatever, I’ve got a slow cooker.

I certainly didn’t need a new gadget on my counter.


I did.

Apparently, I do.

Amazon is to blame.  A gift card was just sitting there waiting to be used and then there was a deal on the Instant Pot.


I caved and bought the damn thing.

And I love it.

I’m madly in love.

And I’m not sorry.  I had no idea how easy this magical machine makes life.

I’ve only had the Instant Pot for 2 days and so far I’ve made a roast, ribs and now this mac and cheese.  I’m actually making multiple meals per day because I just can’t wait to see how things come out.  I mean, a roast, that is super tender, in 40 minutes. For Real!  Mac and Cheese in 8 minutes?  Say what?!  I know.

Want to know how easy it was to make the Pressure Cooker Mac and Cheese? 

I know you do.  Put some butter, macaroni, water and a few spices in the pot.  Set it to 6 minutes.  Stir in all the cheeses, cream and parsley.  That’s it.

I’m here to tell you, this magical Instant Pot is actually amazing.  The version I got has a slow cooker function as well, so I don’t see myself replacing my cracked slow cooker any time soon.  There are many different electric pressure cookers / Instant Pots, so shop around and see which functions you want/need.  I price checked around and found the best deal on Amazon

So tell me, is this something you have?  Something you are interested in?  Would you like me posting more recipes like this Pressure Cooker Mac and Cheese for the Instant Pot?  Is there something specific you are wondering about the Instant Pot?  Anything in particular you want to see me experiment with?  I’m very open to suggestions.

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese


Instant Pot Mac and Cheese has never been easier. Simply pressure cook the pasta and stir in the cheeses. Kids and adults will both love this recipe.

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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 6 mins
time to come to pressure 8 mins
Total Time 19 mins

Course Main Course
Cuisine American

Servings 4 people



  • 2 T butter
  • 8 oz elbow macaroni
  • 2 C water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground mustard
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¾ C heavy cream
  • 1 ½ C shredded cheddar I used a combo of sharp and mild white and orange
  • ¾ C shredded parmesan cheese
  • 2 T chopped parsley



  • Place butter in instant pot. Set to sauté to melt butter. Add macaroni, water, salt, pepper, mustard and garlic powder. Stir to make sure macaroni is in a somewhat even layer and submerged in the water. Turn off the sauté function.
  • Place cover on pot and lock (make sure vent is set to sealed). Set to manual (high pressurfor 6 minutes. After 6 minutes, use rapid release (press cancel and turn vent to venting). Once all steam has released, carefully remove cover. Add cream, cheeses and parsley and stir well to combine. Serve immediately.

Keyword instant pot, pasta
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