Easy Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
Easy Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

Make this easy Instant Pot Mac and Cheese in minutes! It's creamy and delicious ... total comfort food!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: instant pot, instant pot mac and cheese, mac and cheese, macaroni and cheese, pressure cooker
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Calories: 626 kcal
Author: Ginnie
Ingredients
  • 1 pound rotini (or other pasta shape, such as macaroni)
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons butter, cut into cubes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • dash or two of cayenne
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, cubed
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 8 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese (about 2 cups)
  • 4 ounces shredded Monterey Jack cheese (about 1 cup)
  • pepper
  • minced green onions, optional
Instructions
  1. Add pasta, water, butter, salt, paprika, garlic powder, and cayenne to Instant Pot; mix.

  2. Secure lid and set pressure release valve to sealing. Select Pressure Cook (or Manual) button, then set to High Pressure for 4 minutes.

  3. When time is up, do a Quick Release, then open lid.

  4. Stir in cream cheese until pasta is coated.

  5. Add milk, cheddar, and Monterey Jack to pot. Stir until smooth, then season to taste with salt and pepper.

  6. Serve Mac and Cheese immediately, sprinkled with green onions, if desired. Enjoy!

Recipe Video

Notes

Stovetop Directions: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, then add pasta and cook until al dente. Drain Pasta, then return to pot. Stir in butter, cream cheese, paprika, garlic powder, and cayenne (skip salt for now). Then, mix in milk, cheddar, and Monterey Jack cheese until smooth. (Add more milk, if needed.) Season to taste with salt and pepper.