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Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

A simple recipe for creamy, cheesy pressure cooker macaroni and cheese. 
4.8 from 5 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Instant Pot Mac and Cheese, Pressure Cooker Mac and Cheese
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Pressure Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 385kcal
Author: Kristen Chidsey


  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese grated
  • 1 cup Swiss cheese grated
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 16 ounces elbow noodles whole wheat or regular (or 4 cups of elbow noodles)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream


  • Place stock, seasonings, and noodles in inner pot of pressure cooker and gently push down the noodles to submerge in the stock.
  • Put lid on pressure cooker and set to seal.
  • Cook on HIGH pressure for 3 minutes.
  • When cook time is finished, let pressure release naturally for 5 minutes. Then do a quick release of pressure.
  • Add in 1/4 cup milk and stir well. 
  • Add cheese, one handful at a time, stirring to melt in between each addition.
  • Add in the sour cream and stir well. Add up to 1/2 cup more milk to loosen up macaroni and cheese if needed.
  • Taste and add in more salt if needed and pepper if desired.


  • Use any type of milk you like. I personally prefer 2% or whole milk for this recipe. 
  • Whole wheat and regular elbow noodles work equally well for this recipe. 
  • Gluten free noodles are a bit tricky in the Instant Pot. Barilla brand has been successful for me for other recipes, but other brands give off too much starch when pressure cooked. 
  • See Instant Pot High Altitude Conversion if cooking 2500+ feet above sea level.
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 385 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 36mg12%
Sodium 596mg26%
Potassium 294mg8%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 420IU8%
Calcium 406mg41%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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