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White Cheddar Pressure Cooker Pasta Recipe

This White Cheddar Pressure Cooker Pasta Recipe is creamy, delicious, and so easy to make in your Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. Now you can have this elegant take on macaroni and cheese can be made in less than 20 minutes in one pot.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword pressure cooker pasta
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
To build pressure 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 579kcal
Author Tanya


  • 16 oz large shell pasta
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 Tablespoon butter cut into small pieces
  • 8 oz sharp white cheddar cheese* grated
  • 8 oz provolone cheese* grated


  • Add large shell pasta and water to Instant Pot, ensuring that pasta is fully covered. Add dry mustard, kosher salt, fresh ground pepper, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper to pot. 
  • Cover and cook on high pressure for 4 minutes. Once timer is up, quick release pressure. Open lid. 
  • Stir in heavy cream, butter, and grated cheeses. Top with additional fresh ground pepper. Enjoy :)


*Cheese may be modified. Have fun with the cheese combos. 
*Avoid extra sharp cheeses as they can be grainy once melted. Provolone tends to be stringy...if that bothers you, reduce the amount added and increase the white cheddar.

Suggested Tools for White Cheddar Pressure Cooker Pasta

Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker


Calories: 579kcal