Instant Pot
Mac n’ Cheese

Use this recipe to cook ultra creamy and cheesy Mac n’ Cheese — all in one pot and done in 10 minutes. Go ahead and ditch the boxed mix!

If you don’t have an Instant Pot, you can still follow the same recipe using a pressure cooker or just cook your macaroni on a stovetop.


* 1 lb. short pasta, such as elbows, shells, or cavatappi
* 4 cups water
* 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated
* 1 cup American cheese, grated
* 1 cup whole milk
* 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
* ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
* ¼ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
* 1½ teaspoons kosher salt, divided


1. Combine pasta, water, and 1 teaspoon salt in an Instant Pot; stir to incorporate. Turn on Instant Pot to Manual/Pressure Cook and set timer for 3 minutes. Turn steam valve to Sealing. Once the timer goes off, release steam following Quick Release method and turn valve to Venting.

2. Drain pasta and return to pot.

3. Add cheddar and American cheese, milk, butter, black pepper, nutmeg and ½ teaspoon salt to pot. Stir until the cheese is melted and the sauce has thickened, about 4 minutes.

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