Pressure-Cooker Mac & Cheese


Make a healthier version of classic macaroni and cheese with this recipe that adds broccoli for a nutritional boost and an easy way to eat more vegetables. Using an electric pressure cooker, such as the InstantPot, gets dinner on the table in just 30 minutes.

Pressure-Cooker Mac & Cheese
Prep Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 servings


  • 8 ounces whole-wheat rotini (about 3 cups)

  • 1 ½ cups low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth

  • ¾ cup low-fat milk

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 2 cups frozen baby broccoli florets, thawed and patted dry

  • 1 cup shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese

  • 2 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese


  1. Combine pasta, broth, milk, salt and pepper in an electric pressure cooker. Close and lock the lid. Cook at high pressure for 7 minutes.

  2. Release the pressure. Add broccoli, Cheddar and cream cheese. Stir until the cheese has melted. Let stand for 5 minutes. Stir again and serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

390 Calories
16g Fat
47g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size Generous 1 cup
Calories 390
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Dietary Fiber 8g 30%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 19g 37%
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 9g 44%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Vitamin A 1631IU 33%
Vitamin C 33mg 37%
Folate 44mcg 11%
Sodium 611mg 27%
Calcium 310mg 24%
Iron 2mg 12%
Magnesium 70mg 17%
Potassium 295mg 6%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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