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Instant Pot Mac and Cheese With Lemony Garlic Breadcrumbs

Instant Pot Mac & Cheese with Lemony Garlic Breadcrumbs

Adapted from here.

Course Dinner
Keyword instant pot, mac and cheese
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Brandon Matzek


For the mac and cheese:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon dried mustard
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 12 ounces dried pasta
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated

For the breadcrumbs:

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 4 ounces (about 2 1/2) cups fresh breadcrumbs
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon

Chopped parsley, for serving


  1. Using a paper towel, grease the bottom of the Instant Pot with 1 tablespoon butter.
  2. Add milk, cream, cream cheese, garlic clove, 1 tablespoon butter, mustard, salt, pepper and cayenne to a blender, and blend until smooth. Add milk-cream cheese mixture and macaroni to the Instant Pot, stirring to combine. Cover and cook on high pressure for 7 minutes.
  3. While the macaroni is cooking, prepare the breadcrumbs. Warm butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook just until fragrant (about 30 seconds). Add the breadcrumbs to the skillet along with a pinch of kosher salt and a few turns of black pepper, tossing to coat the crumbs in the butter. Cook until the breadcrumbs turn golden brown (5 to 7 minutes). Take the skillet off the heat, stir in the lemon zest and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Release the pressure manually, then stir in grated cheddar cheese. At this point, check to see if the macaroni is al dente. If it’s still a little too firm, cover and keep the pot on warm for 5 minutes. Stir again before serving.
  5. To serve, divide macaroni and cheese between 4 bowls and top with garlicky breadcrumbs. Enjoy immediately!