Instant Pot Creamy Broccoli Mac and Cheese — Damn Delicious

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Instant Pot Creamy Broccoli Mac and Cheese

Making mac and cheese in the Instant Pot is definitely the way to go! It’s unbelievably easy, it’s made in one single pot (hello, easiest clean up ever), and the mac and cheese comes out amazingly creamy! You can’t beat that!

We’re going on a cruise to Italy in two months.

Which means I should be getting “bikini-ready”.

But I don’t see that happening any time soon.

Because this broccoli mac and cheese is E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G.

It’s the mac and cheese we all dream of.

The one that’s creamy but not too heavy.

The one that just melts in your mouth.

And basically the one that you can’t stop eating.

I mean, it’s such a shame you can make this in the Instant Pot so easily.

That just means you’ll be making it every day this week.

Hey, at least we have broccoli in it, right?

Instant Pot Creamy Broccoli Mac and Cheese

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Making mac and cheese in the Instant Pot is definitely the way to go! It’s unbelievably easy, it’s made in one single pot (hello, easiest clean up ever), and the mac and cheese comes out amazingly creamy! You can’t beat that!


  • 1 pound fusilli pasta
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 (5-ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1 cup half and half*
  • 12 ounces extra sharp cheddar cheese, grated


  1. Add pasta, butter and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt to a 6-qt Instant Pot®. Stir in 4 1/2 cups water.
  2. Select manual setting; adjust pressure to high, and set time for 5 minutes. When finished cooking, quick-release pressure according to manufacturer’s directions.
  3. Select high sauté setting. Stir in broccoli and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and liquid has reduced, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in Dijon and garlic powder.
  4. Select warm setting. Stir in milk and half and half until warmed, about 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in cheese until melted, about 3 minutes; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Serve immediately.

*Half and half is equal parts of whole milk and cream. For 1 cup half and half, you can substitute 3/4 cup whole milk + 1/4 cup heavy cream or 2/3 cup skim or low-fat milk + 1/3 cup heavy cream.

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This sounds divine.
Could this be done in a slow cooker or le Creuset pot in oven?
I don’t have an instant pot.
Thank you for your work and dedication to spreading the possibility of good food every where.

Hi Diana! You can try this stovetop recipe instead: It’s one of my favorites!

Could this be done with a crockpot instead? What would change? I haven’t got on the instant pot wagon yet. :).

Hi Dani! You can try this stovetop recipe instead: It’s one of my favorites!

Don’t have an instant pot. Is there another way to make this? Thanks!

Hi Deborah! You can try this stovetop recipe instead: It’s one of my favorites!

I don’t have an Instant Pot yet, but with all the tasty recipes you’ve been posting I might have to look into it! This mac n’ cheese looks so good. My goal of being “bikini-ready” never seems to outweigh wanting to eat delicious food- maybe one of these days… 😉

I have found when adding butter or milk and doing a quick release the steam is so messy… any ideas to avoid that?

Renee, you can try to release it naturally but you may run the risk of overcooking.

Renee: I frequently cook pasta in the Instant Pot, and you are right, sometimes the steam is out of control and gooey. I usually place a light towel over the valve as the steam releases, and then I rinse the lid immediately…because I can’t go back to cooking pasta old school after IP pasta cooking.

Thanks for the tip Barbara!

Have tried a few of your Instant Pot recipes and have loved every one! I’m sure this will be no different… And by the way, as a side note, I also love good food but try to practice moderation. I can’t give up enjoying delicious food! I’ve adopted the “if you have a bikini and a body, then you’re ready” philopsophy…

I have tried so many recipes of yours and they have always been yummy. My boyfriend loves them too. I am gonna try this one tomorrow.

This recipe looks fantastic! I’m planning on using only 1/2 lb of pasta, do I need to adjust the time in the instant pot?

The cooking time should stay relatively the same. Hope that helps!

What size instant pot do you use for your recipes? I plan on getting one and your recipes are the only ones I use so I want to make sure I don’t get one thats too small!

I just picked up a 8qt ultra yesterday and was wondering with all the recipes in general, do the measurements need to be adjusted depending on the size of the instant pot?

The measurements can stay the same as your Instant Pot is larger than the standard 6-qt Instant Pot that is used in these recipes. Hope that helps, Joel!

This is so easy! My kids will love it!

The ingredients call for grated cheese….can I use shredded packaged cheese or is it better when it is fresh? Thanks!

Yes, you can absolutely use pre-shredded cheese, although I do think the freshly grated cheese works/melts best! 🙂

Hi! Do you use fresh or frozen broccoli? Does it matter? Thanks!

I recommend using fresh.

Thanks for a great recipe! I used both broccoli and cauliflower and roasted it beforehand, which gave it great flavor. I also realized I only had 8 oz of cheddar cheese, so I supplemented with Parmesan and it turned out really yummy. I’ve made another mac and cheese in my pressure cooker (Crock Pot Multi-Cooker) before that turned out really badly, so I was nervous, but this was amazing!

My family would LOVE this! I love instant pot recipes, keep ’em coming! So excited to try this.

Can you sub wheat fusilli or another type of wheat pasta.

Yes, absolutely, but please be mindful of cooking time as it can vary when using different types of pasta.

How would you cook this in a stove top and/or electric pressure cooker.

Any adjustments in liquids needed for making this in an 8 quart IP?

Hi Johnna! Unfortunately, without further recipe testing utilizing an 8-qt Instant Pot, I cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment regarding substitutions and modifications.

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