This is the best Instant Pot macaroni and cheese recipe that you will find.
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4.75 from 12 votes

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

This Mac & Cheese is so creamy, cheesy and easy to make. It's the perfect side dish for busy weeknights.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time2 mins
NPR2 mins
Total Time9 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: Cheddar Cheese, Cheese, Creamy, Elbow Pasta, Gouda Cheese, Havarti Cheese, Instant Pot, Macaroni Pasta, Pasta, Pressure Cooker, Quick and Easy, Side Dish, Swiss Cheese, Weeknight Dinner
Category: Pastas
Cooking Method: Instant Pot
Difficulty: Super Easy
Development Status: Finished
Servings: 8
Calories: 429kcal
Author: Valerie Cooper


  • 4 cups water
  • 1 pound small elbow pasta
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 can evaporated milk 12 fluid ounce can
  • 1 cup mild cheddar cheese shredded
  • ½ cup swiss cheese shredded
  • ½ cup gouda cheese shredded
  • ½ cup havarti cheese shredded


  • Add the water, pasta, salt and butter to the Instant Pot and give everything a gentle stir.
  • Set the Instant Pot to 'Manual' or 'Pressure Cook', 'High Pressure' for 2 minutes.
  • While the pasta cooks, shred the four cheeses.
  • Once cooking has completed, allow for a 2 minute NPR (Natural Pressure Release). This will let the pasta continue cooking while any foam that built up inside the pot settles. This helps prevent a mess when releasing the pressure.
  • After the 2 minute NPR has completed, do a slow and controlled pressure release. This can be done by giving the pressure release valve a half turn instead of opening it up all the way. Once the pressure has been released and the float valve has dropped, carefully open your pot and add the remaining ingredients. Alternatively, you can use my Flip-The-Trivet for Mess-Free Pasta Method.
  • Add the evaporated milk to the pasta and mix.
  • Add the ground mustard and shredded cheeses. Mix all the ingredients into the pasta until all the cheese melts.
  • Serve and enjoy!


Calories: 429kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 878mg | Potassium: 294mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 475IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 384mg | Iron: 1mg