Closeup of Instant Pot Mac and Cheese sprinkled with chives.

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

  • Author: Contentedness Cooking
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Lunch, Dinner
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten Free


This Instant Pot Mac and Cheese is entirely vegan, gluten free and cooked in just 5 minutes on high pressure. So much better than any velveeta mac and cheese or from a ready made mac and cheese box. The ultimate comfort food, kid friendly and seriously really delicious like the real deal if not better for your easy dinner recipes for family. Just put macaroni noodles for my macaroni and cheese recipe in your instant pot, after 5 minutes on high pressure you get the the most delicious creamiest macaroni sauce you’ve ever made.



  • 16 oz uncooked macaroni noodles (I used gf)
  • 8 oz vegan cream cheese
  • 4 tsp garlic powder
  • 4.5 cups vegetable broth, divided
  • 3 cups vegan cheddar
  • salt, pepper to taste
Optional add ons:
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast


  1. Start by adding macaroni pasta, 4 cups of vegetable broth (reserve the remaining 1/2 cup for later), garlic powder, and optional add ons like nutritional yeast and smoked paprika to the instant pot.
  2. Season with salt and pepper, if you like. This depends on how much salt is in the vegetable broth you use. Some are salty enough, there might be no need for a pinch salt and pepper. You know best! Now place the lid on the pot and make sure to seal your instant pot.
  3. Use the manual setting with high pressure for around 5 minutes. After this, do a quick release, add remaining vegetable broth, vegan cream cheese, vegan cheddar and stir everything together. Serve in bowls or on plates.


  • Serving Size: 3 cups
  • Calories: 645
  • Sugar: 28.3 g
  • Sodium: 353 mg
  • Fat: 22 g
  • Saturated Fat: 7.4 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 9.9 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 87 g
  • Fiber: 2.3 g
  • Protein: 24.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 g

Keywords: Instant pot recipes, pasta, mac and cheese, kid friendly, family meals, vegan, vegetarian