Creamy 15-Minute Instant Pot® Macaroni & Cheese Recipe Is Fantastic by Donna John

Creamy 15-Minute Instant Pot® Macaroni & Cheese Recipe Is Fantastic

Macaroni and cheese is a family favorite. While scrolling through Facebook, one of those enticing, draw-you-in food videos popped up in my feed for an Instant Pot® macaroni and cheese recipe. After quickly surveying my kitchen, the realization that not all the ingredients were accounted for started to sink in. What to do? Improvise! 

The result was a creamy mac and cheese, another successful Instant Pot® endeavor and ... food coma. To make this budget-friendly creamy macaroni and cheese recipe you will need a bag of elbow macaroni, butter, heavy cream, ground mustard, cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack cheese and Parmesan cheese. 

Serve this food coma Instant Pot® recipe for lunch or a vegetarian dinner, or as a side dish with dinner. This mac and cheese would be a great addition to your Thanksgiving menu (it doesn't take up oven space!). 

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 10


  • 1 bag (16 ounces) elbow macaroni
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup heavy cream, evaporated milk or whole milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese, grated
  • 8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, grated
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

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Recipes Notes

  • Turn this into a meal by adding chopped brisket, sausage or ham. Diced jalapeno, onion and bacon would also not be frowned upon.
  • Tabasco sauce adds just a little heat and flavor to this mac and cheese. 

Here's how to make it:

  1. Put the noodles, butter, water, cream and mustard in your Instant Pot®. Add salt and pepper, to taste, and stir to combine.
  2. Cook on the steam sitting on high pressure for 4 minutes.
  3. Quick release after 4 minutes and open lid.
  4. Add the cheeses and a few shakes of Tabasco sauce, if using. Stir well.
  5. Taste and add more salt and pepper, if needed. Serve.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 608

Total Fat: 23.7g

Saturated Fat: 14.3g

Cholesterol: 67mg

Sodium: 417mg

Total Carbohydrate: 70.2g

Dietary Fiber: 3g

Total Sugars: 4g

Protein: 27.7g

Vitamin D: 16mcg

Calcium: 486mg

Iron: 3mg

Potassium: 285mg

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Elisa Schmitz
OMG, Donna John , this recipe makes me want to go into a food coma right now. I love your pics. I have to get an Instant Pot! #yum

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