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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 Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Pressurize Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Best instant pot recipe, Easy Family Dinner, Favorite picky eater recipe, Mac and Cheese Instant Pot recipe
Servings: 6
Calories: 582kcal


  • Instant Pot
  • Wooden Spoon
  • small pan


  • 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)


  • 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.


  • 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!


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