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Instant Pot Chick-fil-A Mac and Cheese

  • Author: 365 Days of Slow and Pressure Cooking
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes (plus 5 minute NPR)
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings (as side) 1x


A copy cat version of Chick-fil-A mac and cheese. It’s a classic macaroni and cheese recipe with 3 types of cheeses made easy with your Instant Pot. 


  • 2 cups water or broth
  • 8 oz elbow macaroni
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 68 oz American cheese (cubes) or shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese
  • 2 oz shredded colby jack cheese


  1. Add water, macaroni and salt to Instant Pot.
  2. Cover and lock lid into place. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 5 minutes. When time is up let pot sit for 5 minutes and then move valve to venting. Remove the lid. 
  3. Stir in the cream. Stir in the American and Parmesan cheeses until melted. 
  4. Add colby jack on top of the pasta. Place air fryer lid on top and cook for 3 minutes at 400° F, or until cheese begins to brown. If you don’t have an air fryer lid you can do this step under your oven’s broiler. 
  5. Serve and enjoy!


 You can make this in your 3, 6 or 8 quart pot with no changes. Doubles easily in the 6 or 8 quart pot.

  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: Instant Pot