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Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

An easy homemade version of a stove top, boxed mac and cheese.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: homemade, Instant Pot, mac and cheese, macaroni, pasta, pasta sauce
Servings: 4 People


  • 1 Lb Macaroni
  • 4 Cups Water
  • 4 Tbs Butter split in half
  • 1 Cup Half & Half
  • 1 Cup Fontina grated
  • 1 Cup Gruyere grated
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Cayenne


  • Add the water, half the butter, and salt to the Instant Pot. Heat the mixture using the SAUTE function on NORMAL.
  • When boiling, add the pasta, press CANCEL, put the lid on, PRESSURE COOK on HIGH for 4 minutes.
  • Allow for a 2 minute natural release, then quick release. Be careful as the butter may come out the valve.
  • Add the cheese, half & half, cayenne, and remaining butter. Once stirred in, add the lid with the valve open and let sit for 4-5 minutes.