clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon

Instant Pot Next Level Bacon Mac

  • Author: 365 Days of Slow and Pressure Cooking
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes (plus 10 minute NPR)
  • Total Time: 18 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


Cheesy, smoky macaroni and cheese with big, crispy pieces of bacon.


  • 4 cups water
  • 1 (16 oz) package elbow macaroni (or other pasta)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp liquid smoke
  • 12 cups half and half
  • 12 oz (3 cups) grated sharp cheddar (or other cheese like Colby and Monterey jack)
  • 1 (12 oz) package of bacon


  1. Add water into Instant Pot. Sprinkle in the pasta in a single layer. Press to submerge pasta as much as possible. Sprinkle in salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika and liquid smoke.
  2. Cover Instant Pot and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 3 minutes. 
  3. While pasta is cooking cook the bacon until crispy and drain on paper towels. Cut each piece into thirds. 
  4. When time is up on Instant Pot let the pot sit for 10 minutes and then move the valve to venting. Remove the lid.
  5. Stir in the half and half (I started out with 1 cup) and the cheese. 
  6. Once cheese is melted and creamy stir in the bacon.
  7. Taste test and sprinkle in salt and pepper to taste. 
  8. Scoop into bowls and serve. 


 I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*. Use the same instructions when using the 3 or 8 quart pot.

  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: Instant Pot