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A bowl filled with Instant Pot Gouda Mac and Cheese.

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

Arlene Mobley - Flour On My Face
Easy and delicious homemade Smoked Gouda Instant Pot Mac and Cheese made in less than 15 minutes with real smoked gouda cheese.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 375 kcal


  • 16 oz box large Sea Shell pasta
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ cup warm milk
  • 12 oz smoked Gouda cheese shredded
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  • Place the pasta,  water, butter, salt and pepper into the pot and stir to combine.
  • Place the Instant Pot lid on and make sure the valve is in the closed position.
  • Press the manual button and set the timer for 4 minutes to cook.
  • Immediately when the timer goes off switch the pressure cooker steam valve to the open postion to release the steam quickly.
  • Once the steam has been completely released carefully open the lid and lift it away from your face.
  • Add the warm milk and the shredded Gouda cheese to the Instant Pot. Stir until the cheese has melted and all of the macaroni and cheese ingredients are combined.
  • Serve immediately.
  • Makes 8 servings.

Recipe Expert Tips

  • What type of macaroni noodles to use? You can use different shaped pasta noodle to make this recipe. Other noodle ideas would be large elbow, penne, and bow tie pasta.
  • Avoid mushy macaroni: Do not over cook the macaroni. Immediately quick release the steam and open the appliance because while the lid is on the pasta noodles will continue to cook.
  • Reheating cold macaroni and cheese: Add a small amount of milk to the cold mac and cheese before warming it in the microwave to thin the thickened cheese sauce.


Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 375kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 661mg | Potassium: 207mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 274IU | Calcium: 338mg | Iron: 1mg
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