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Instant Pot Macaroni & Cheese

Making Macaroni and Cheese in the Instant Pot is less about saving time and more about creating a creamy delicious macaroni that is infused with flavor.
Course: Main Course
Keyword: Dinner, Food, Instant Pot, Recipe


  • 1 box of elbow macaroni 16 oz
  • 3 Tbs of butter cut into tiny pieces
  • 1 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups of shredded cheese we love Colby Jack, but Cheddar is great too!
  • 4 cups of water
  • diced ham


  • Pour the water and the macaroni into your instant pot.
  • Add the salt and butter piece and stir.
  • Cook the pasta on manual for 4 minutes.
  • When the timer goes off, do a manual quick release.
  • When the pressure is done, set the pot to saute.
  • Add the whipping cream while stirring the noodles.
  • Add the cheese half a cup at a time and stirring until melted after each one.
  • After the cheese is all melted, add your diced ham.
  • If your ham is cold, allow the ingredients to saute together for a few minutes until the ham warms up.
  • If the ham is already warm you can serve it immediately.