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quick & easy dinner - Instant Pot Bacon Mac and Cheese

Instant Pot Bacon Mac and Cheese

Instant Pot Bacon Mac and Cheese is a quick & easy pressure cooker dinner recipe that is ready in just 10 minutes of cook time. This is a family favorite!
Course dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword bacon, cheese, instant pot, macaroni, pressure cooker
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 16


  • 1 package bacon
  • 16 ounces uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp minced onions
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp table salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups milk


  • Chop the bacon into small 1″ pieces.
  • Using the sautee function, cook the bacon in the pot until crispy.
  • Once cooked, remove the bacon & place on a plate lined with paper towels.
  • Carefully drain the bacon grease out of the pot into a glass container & set aside to cool.
  • Wipe out the pot & then add the uncooked macaroni noodles, chicken broth, butter, chili powder, garlic powder, minced garlic, minced onions, salt & pepper to the pot.
  • Place the lid on & set to sealing.
  • Cook on manual, high pressure for 5 minutes.
  • Once finished, do a quick release.
  • Stir in cheese, bacon & milk until smooth.
  • Season to taste if necessary.


*This recipe was created using the 6-quart instant pot. If you are using a different size pot or a different pressure cooker brand entirely, cooking times may be off by a couple of minutes.
**Live at High Altitude - Because water boils at a lower temperature at high altitudes, and pressure cooking requires water to boil in order to work, some foods may need a little more cooking time. When pressure cooking at high altitudes you want to make sure to add 5 percent to your cook time for every 1,000 feet above 2,000 feet elevation. For example, when we lived at 4,000+ feet I would add 10 percent to my cook time. For a recipe that called for 20-minutes of cooking time, I would then cook for 22 minutes. When pressure cooking, 1-2 minutes can make all the difference in a recipe, unlike when cooking by traditional methods.