Instant Pot Loaded Mac and Cheese Recipe

When you need a favorite picky eater recipe, this Instant Pot loaded Mac and cheese recipe will be your go to recipe. It is so creamy, and filled with cheesy, bacon goodness, what is there not to love?!
Instant Pot Loaded Mac and Cheese Recipe

Instant Pot loaded Mac and cheese recipe is probably the best Instant Pot recipe in town. Not to mention that it is an easy family dinner recipe you can make up and know everyone will enjoy. 

Instant Pot Loaded Mac and Cheese in a bowl with an Instant Pot in the background

Don’t just me too much, but sometimes I plan my meals based on if I feel like fighting with my kids to take 3 bites before they can have their peanut butter and jelly sandwich. And let me tell you, this is not a recipe I have to fight anyone on. Everyone digs in as it’s being served. 

Plus you can top it off with bread crumbs and bacon, maybe a little green onion for the adults to make it “fancy” and then you have yourself a restaurant quality meal at home. It is perfect for those in the go nights where you know your going to be busy and you need to be able to make a good meal in less than an hour. 

Plus this Mac and cheese Instant Pot recipe goes really well with our Instant Pot green beans (yes I do have a second Instant Pot and you should too!), or oven roasted green beans if you don’t have a second Instant Pot. And then of course some delicious easy no bake peanut butter bars for dessert. 

Instant Pot Loaded Mac and Cheese in Instant pot with toppings in small bowls on the side.

Ingredients You’ll Need For Our Instant Pot Loaded Mac and Cheese Recipe:

  • Elbow macaroni
  • Chicken broth
  • Onion powder
  • Dry mustard 
  • Seasoning salt
  • Pepper 
  • Cream cheese
  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Panko bread crumbs
  • Chives
  • Bacon crumbles 

How To Make Our Instant Pot Loaded Mac and Cheese Recipe:

Instant Pot Loaded Mac and Cheese in a bowl with silverware

To begin making this delicious Mac and cheese, start by getting out your Instant Pot. 

Then add in the elbow macaroni, chicken broth, dry mustard, onion powder, pepper, and seasoning salt. 

Once all of that is in there, place the lid on the Instant Pot and turn the valve to the SEALING position. 

Now set the timer for 5 minutes on high pressure. 

After the time is up do a quick release of the pressure and move the valve to the VENTING position. 

Remove the lid from the Instant Pot and add in butter and cream cheese and stir it all together. 

Creamy Mac and Cheese in Instant Pot

Once that is melted, add in the milk and cheese and continue stirring it together and then the noodles are good to go! 

To make the crumble, mix the panko crumbs and butter in a medium pan for 2-3 minutes stirring it constantly until it becomes a light golden brown color. 

Instant Pot Loaded Mac and Cheese in a bowl surrounded by toppings in small bowls

Then just serve your macaroni in a bowl with the bread crumbs topping, crumbled bacon, and chives on top. Or leave them off for your pickier eaters. Either way is completely delicious!

To Make Instant Pot Loaded Mac and Cheese You Will Need:

  1. Instant Pot (THIS is our favorite one!)
  2. Wooden spoon
  3. Small pan
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Serves:
6

Instant Pot Loaded Mac and Cheese Recipe

When you need a favorite picky eater recipe, this Instant Pot loaded Mac and cheese recipe will be your go to recipe.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Pressurize Time
10 minutes
Total Time
30 minutes

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Ingredients

  • cups elbow macaroni
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon seasoning salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • ½ cup milk
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Crumb Topping

  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup Panko Bread crumbs

Other Toppings

  • ¼ cup minced chives
  • 6 slices bacon (cooked and crumbled)

Instructions

  • Add uncooked macaroni, chicken broth, onion powder, dry mustard, seasoning salt and pepper to the pressure cooker.
  • Cover, set to sealing, and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes.
  • Quick release pressure once cooking time is completed.
  • Add cream cheese and butter to the macaroni and remaining water.  Mix until combined.
  • Stir in 1/2 cup milk and shredded cheese until cheese is melted and everything is well combined.
  • For crumb topping, add butter and bread crumbs to a pan over medium-high heat and cook for a 2-3 minutes or until bread crumbs are golden brown, stirring constantly. Remove crumbs from heat and sprinkle on top of macaroni.
  • Sprinkle chives and bacon crumbles on top of macaroni and serve.

Notes

  • Serve your macaroni in a bowl with the bread crumbs topping, crumbled bacon, and chives on top. Or leave them off for your pickier eaters. Either way is completely delicious!

Nutrition

Calories: 582 kcal
·
Carbohydrates: 51 g
·
Protein: 25 g
·
Fat: 30 g
·
Saturated Fat: 18 g
·
Polyunsaturated Fat: 2 g
·
Monounsaturated Fat: 8 g
·
Trans Fat: 1 g
·
Cholesterol: 88 mg
·
Sodium: 1067 mg
·
Potassium: 370 mg
·
Fiber: 2 g
·
Sugar: 4 g
·
Vitamin A: 881 IU
·
Vitamin C: 8 mg
·
Calcium: 490 mg
·
Iron: 2 mg

Equipment

  • Instant Pot
  • Wooden Spoon
  • small pan

Recipe Details

Course:
Main Course
Cuisine:
American

Instant Pot Loaded Mac and Cheese in a bowl with a spoon

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