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I’m all about the boxes of macaroni and cheese that usually go on sale for $1 or less, but after trying this Instant Pot mac and cheese, I’m not sure I’ll ever go back. This has become a family staple and something great to make as a side when we’re having company. It is almost even less work than the blue box stuff, if you can believe it. It only takes 5 minutes of cooking in the Instant Pot, and it mostly just involves dumping things in. It turns out creamy and SO delicious!

Love your Instant Pot? Try these Instant Pot recipes!

Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese

All you need is pasta, some liquid (I like chicken broth but water is fine), salt and pepper, butter, cheese, and milk. Yes, a few more ingredients than the boxed stuff, but I promise it’s worth it!

You’ll add the pasta, liquid, butter, salt and pepper to the pot and set it to cook for 5 minutes.

When the time is up, quick release the pressure and add the cheese. I use a mix of mozzarella and cheddar, but any cheese will do!

Then slowly add milk (up to about a cup) until it’s just the right level of creamy. Then enjoy!

Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese


  • 16 oz pasta
  • 4 cups chicken broth (or water)
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1.5 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1.5 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup milk (as needed)


  1. Place the pasta, broth or water, butter, pepper, and salt in the Instant Pot.
  2. Close the lid and set to cook for 5 minutes.
  3. When it is done, quick release the pressure and remove the lid.
  4. Add the cheese and add milk as needed until it's the right consistency.

Skip the blue box and try this Instant Pot macaroni and cheese—youl'll never go back to the boxed stuff once you see how easy this is.