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Instant Pot Bacon Macaroni and Cheese

  • Author: Karen Petersen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes (plus 5 minute NPR)
  • Total Time: 8 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Mac and cheese with BACON! What could be better? Comfort food at it’s finest.


  • 8 oz uncooked elbow macaroni or cellentani noodles
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp ground mustard
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 6 oz evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup bacon crumbles
  • 1/2 tsp liquid smoke


  1. Add noodles, butter, ground mustard, salt and water to pressure cooker. Cover and make sure valve is on “sealing.” Set the manual button for 3 minutes. Once the timer goes off let the pot sit for 5 minutes, then release the rest of the pressure by moving valve to “venting.”
  2. Turn the pressure cooker to the sauté function. Stir in the evaporated milk and slowly add in the cheese while stirring constantly. Add in the bacon crumbles and the liquid smoke. In time, the sauce will thicken up and the macaroni will become coated with a creamy, cheesy sauce. Turn off the pressure cooker. Scoop macaroni into bowls and serve.