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Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares Instant Pot creamy macaroni and cheese. You will love this mac and cheese recipe!

Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

5 from 20 votes
Course: Meals, Pasta
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Instant Pot
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Time for the Instant Pot to Come Up to Pressure: 10 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 405kcal
Author: Bella Bucchiotti
I LOVE comfort food pasta like this Instant Pot creamy macaroni and cheese. This is an easy Instant Pot pasta recipe that the whole family will enjoy and this mac and cheese recipe is always a hit. Don't worry about making too much, because this macaroni Instant Pot recipe is terrific as leftovers the next day.
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  • 1 Pound elbow noodles
  • 1 Tsp. onion powder
  • 1 Tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 Tsp. salt
  • 1/4 Tsp. black pepper
  • 3 3/4 Cups water
  • 2 Ounces cream cheese
  • 2 Tbsps. butter
  • 1 Tsp. hot sauce
  • 1 1/4 Cups half and half
  • 8 Ounces sharp cheddar
  • 1 Tsp. fresh parsley minced, for garnish


  • Add the elbow noodles, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, black pepper, and water to the Instant Pot. Give it a quick stir.
  • Put the lid on the Instant Pot and set it to “Sealing”. Cook on “Manual, High Pressure” for 4 minutes.Once it’s finished, carefully release the valve.
  • Stir the noodles. Don’t worry if there’s a little bit of water in the pot, the noodles will absorb it (don’t drain the noodles).
  • Add the cream cheese, butter, and hot sauce and stir until incorporated.
  • Stir in the half and half, and then the cheese. It will form a creamy, cheesy sauce.
  • Sprinkle the parsley on top. Serve.


Calories: 405kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 364mg | Potassium: 238mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 573IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 275mg | Iron: 1mg
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The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.