Instant Pot Mac and Cheese on a blue plate

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

  • Author: Mike
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


Super easy, creamy and cheesy, this is the best mac and cheese recipe with minimal effort.  A super easy side dish recipe.



  • 1 lb rotini noodles (or elbow macaroni or small shells)
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika


  1. In Instant Pot, add noodles, water, milk and butter.  Set Instant Pot to sealing and timer to Manual->High for 4 minutes.  Allow Instant Pot to naturally release for 10 minutes before flipping valve back to “sealing” to release remaining stem.  Only open once pressure valve on top has gone down.
  2. Open Instant Pot and add cheese, salt, pepper, and smoked paprika.  Stir everything together until it becomes a nice, smooth cheesy mix.  Let sit five minutes to thicken before serving.

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Instant Pot Mac and Cheese, Easy Side Dish, Potluck Recipes