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Instant Pot Mac and Cheese- creamy, delicious and crazy good, homemade Mac and cheese doesn't get any easier than this! #instantpot #macandcheese

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

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  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine | Feasting at Home
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 1x
  • Category: instant pot, main, vegetarian, pasta
  • Method: instant pot, pressure cooker
  • Cuisine: american
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Instant Pot Mac and Cheese- creamy, delicious and crazy good, homemade Mac and cheese doesn’t get any easier than this!


Units Scale
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 1/23 teaspoons salt (I prefer 3)
  • 16 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 12 ounce canned evaporated milk
  • 1/21 teaspoon dijon mustard (or mustard powder)
  • 2 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup grated pepper jack cheese (or sub mozzarella, gruyere, or other melty cheese)
  • To “adultify” the Mac & Cheese, garnish with Everything Bagel Spice and Chili flakes


  1. Set Instant Pot to Saute function.
  2. Add olive oil and shallot and saute until sizzling and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add water, salt and macaroni and give a good stir. Set Instant Pot to pressure cook, on high, for 4 minutes. Manually release.
  3. Stir the pasta, there will be a little water, this is OK. Stir in the butter, evaporated milk, and mustard. Stir in the cheese a cup at a time, until fully melted and incorporated. Taste, add more mustard for extra tanginess.
  4. As the macaroni and cheese sits, it will thicken up beautifully.
  5. Feel free to garnish with Everything Bagel Spice, Chili flakes, or Sriracha.


Using two different types of cheese here really elevates.

If in a hurry, you can skip the sauteed shallot in the beginning, and sub a teaspoon of onion powder or garlic powder.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 493
  • Sugar: 4.7 g
  • Sodium: 1246.7 mg
  • Fat: 22.4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 12.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 50.4 g
  • Fiber: 1.9 g
  • Protein: 21.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 55.2 mg