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Instant Pot Mac and Cheese Recipe - Instant Pot Mac And Cheese is a ONE POT, creamy, cheesy macaroni dinner made in less than 20 minutes! With just a handful of ingredients, this Instant Pot Mac and Cheese lends a perfectly cooked pasta and a creamy cheese sauce made with real ingredients. No boxes, no powders! 

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese Recipe

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WW Freestyle: 15
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Instant Pot Mac And Cheese is a ONE POT, creamy, cheesy macaroni dinner made in less than 20 minutes! 
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 520


  • 4 cups water (you can also use vegetable broth)
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 1 can (12-ounces) can evaporated milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded low fat mild Cheddar
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded reduced fat colby cheese
  • dried parsley for garnish (optional)
  • sliced green onions for garnish (optional)


  • Combine water, macaroni, salt and pepper in the instant pot; stir and lock the lid.
  • Set the steam release knob to the sealing position and set to pressure cook on HIGH for 4 minutes.
  • After the pressure cook cycle ends, do a quick release. Careful of any remaining steam.
  • Remove the lid and set the Instant Pot to saute.
  • Stir in the evaporated milk and butter. If it looks like it needs more liquid, add a few tablespoons water.
  • Stir in minced garlic, mustard powder, cayenne pepper, and chili powder.
  • Add cheeses, a little bit at a time, stirring until all the cheese is completely melted and combined.
  • Garnish with parsley and green onions.
  • Serve immediately.


  • Instant Pot Models may vary: please refer to your manufacturer's guide for exact instructions on locking the lid and about quick release.
  • If you do not have evaporated milk, you can also use 1 cup whole milk, OR 1 cup half & half, OR 1 cup heavy cream.
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Mac and Cheese Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 520 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 9g45%
Cholesterol 47mg16%
Sodium 447mg19%
Potassium 400mg11%
Carbohydrates 63g21%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 680IU14%
Vitamin C 1.2mg1%
Calcium 512mg51%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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