TABASCO sauce being poured over a bowl of Mac and Cheese

The Best Creamy Instant Pot Macaroni And Cheese Recipe

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  • Author: Anushree Jayaram
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Instant Pot recipe
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American


Creamy Instant Pot Mac and Cheese Recipe – Impress your guests with this creamy pasta recipe that is quick, easy and has a secret ingredient to amp things up. A sure shot crowd pleaser!


  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 lb peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 cups elbow macaroni
  • 3-1/2 cups of water (or as needed)
  • 1/4 cup TABASCO® pepper sauce
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup Monterey cheese
  • A dash of pepper


  1. Set the Instant Pot in the saute mode, adjust the temperature to less. When the Instant Pot reads hot, add butter and allow it to melt. Add shrimp along with garlic and saute it for a minute or two [ see note].
  2. Add TABASCO® sauce and macaroni pasta along with water, and salt. Cancel the saute mode and switch to the ‘Pressure Cook’ or ‘Manual’ mode. Set it for low pressure and adjust the time to 4 minutes.
  3. Once the cooking cycle is complete, do a quick release i.e move the vent towards venting to release steam. Set the Instant Pot to saute mode again and adjust the temperature to ‘Less’. Add milk, along with the cheese and pepper and mix well.
  4. Continue to cook until all the liquid has absorbed and the mac and cheese is in a consistency that you like.
  5. Serve immediately.


  1. You can always saute the shrimp and garlic over the stove top and serve it as a side with mac and cheese. That way you don’t have to cook a different version for the kids or for anyone who prefers the classic recipe.

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