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10 Essential Instant Pot Recipes

5 Minute Mac & Cheese

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Yields 8 cups to serve 6 to 8

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!


1 lb. elbow macaroni
4 cups chicken broth
2 Tbsp. butter
1 tsp. dry mustard
1 tsp. onion powder or garlic powder
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. hot sauce
1/2 cup whole milk
1/4 cup cream cheese
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
2 1/2 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's Tip: Substitute 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.

Credit: Julie Hartigan/Tom's Guide