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Indulgent Instant Pot Vegan Mac and Cheese

On a high carb, high fat diet? 😂 This Instant Pot Vegan Mac and Cheese is perfect for you!

Indulgent Instant Pot Vegan Mac and Cheese

Indulgent Instant Pot Vegan Mac and Cheese

Jokes aside, I don’t indulge frequently but when I do – it’s on pasta! I probably gained 3 pounds testing this Instant Pot Vegan Mac and Cheese (seriously, I made it 3 times to perfect it and could not resist eating a bowl each time.)

The first time I tested it, I tried to get all complicated and make a cheese sauce on the side. But I think the whole point of an Instant Pot is to make life easier. I settled on a recipe that you can just throw together and EAT.

Store bought vegan cheese makes this recipe happen. My favorite vegan cheeses for mac and cheese are: So Delicious Cheddar Shreds, Chao Creamy Original, and Daiya’s Medium Cheddar Block. If you don’t like the Daiya shreds, you might like the cheddar block. I like the texture better and find it doesn’t have as much of an aftertaste. Whatever the case, grab your favorite vegan cheese, and let’s go!

Indulgent Instant Pot Vegan Mac and Cheese

How to Make Vegan Mac and Cheese in an Instant Pot

Add a 16oz box of macaroni pasta, 4 cups of water, and a little salt to your Instant Pot (this is the Instant Pot I have.) Put the lid on and make sure the valve is set to seal. On manual mode, set the timer to 4 minutes. Your Instant Pot will heat up, pressurize, and then begin the countdown.

When the timer goes off, release the pressure by moving the valve over (do NOT open the lid yet). Hot steam will roar out and sputter, so be careful!

Indulgent Instant Pot Vegan Mac and Cheese

Once there is no longer steam coming out, your Instant Pot has officially depressurized and you can remove the lid. Set your Instant Pot on sauté mode (this will help the macaroni absorb any liquid left in the pot and also help your cheese melt.) Stir in the non-dairy milk, butter, cheese and your seasonings of choice.

I love super flavorful mac and cheese so I usually add: mustard powder, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, and sometimes a veggie bouillon cube. Vegan cheese is typically less salty than dairy cheese so adding some extra salt via the bouillon cube helps.

You can also add nutritional yeast (if I use Daiya, I’ll add some.) We all have different tastes so just add whatever you like.

Indulgent Instant Pot Vegan Mac and Cheese

Serve right away!

If you’re looking for baked vegan mac and cheese, try this recipe.

Instant Pot Vegan Mac and Cheese

Karissa’s Vegan Kitchen
Cheesy and carb-y vegan mac and cheese made simple in the Instant Pot!
4.76 from 77 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 8


  • 1 16 oz box macaroni
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp vegan butter
  • 1/2 cup cashew milk or any non-dairy milk
  • 2 cups shredded vegan cheese

All of the following seasonings are optional/or to personal taste!


  • To your instant pot, add in macaroni, water and salt.
  • Close the lid and make sure to valve is set to seal.
  • Using the manual setting, set to 4 mins.
  • Meanwhile, shred or cut up your cheese if necessary.
  • When the Instant Pot timer goes off, release the valve and let the steam come out. Once there is no longer steam coming out, open the lid.
  • Set the Instant Pot to sauté mode.
  • Stir in non-dairy milk, vegan butter, cheese, and seasonings of choice. You might need to add more milk to get a creamy consistency.
  • Once the cheese is melted and all ingredients are incorporated, turn off the Instant Pot and serve!


Did you try this recipe?Let us know how it was!

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  1. My pressure cooker doesn’t have a manual button. It is either high or low pressure. what do i use to make this?

  2. 5 stars
    This is so good!! Perfect for a rainy day lunch. We live on a boat so I truly appreciate Instant Pot recipes that don’t require many ingredients. Looks like KD and tastes oh so much better.

  3. Thanx was looking forever for a vegan Mac and cheese recipe that I can use bio cheddar in and less ingredients as for my daughter to make at special school 🙂 ur a life saver.

  4. 5 stars
    If I make this without an instantpot (on the stove) and I used the 4 cups of water to cook it, would I have to drain that water the pasta is cooking in once it’s done or can I just add the rest of the ingredients to it once it’s finished cooking?

  5. 5 stars
    I thought it was great ! Not too overly rich – So easy to make too I added all ur spices and a handful of sliced green onions

  6. 5 stars
    I have made this recipe time & time again and it never fails! I am f
    vegan and gluten free, so i use tinkyadas noodles & they work great. I like to use one bag of follow your heart cheddar shreds and one bag of follow your heart mozzarella shreds. my favorite combo for this max&cheese! thanks for sharing this awesome & super easy recipe

    1. Hey, Kristy! I’m currently in the process of going back through to older recipes and adding in the nutrition information. For now, I recommend plugging the ingredients into cronometer.com to see the info.

  7. 5 stars
    This was my first instant pot recipe! The only issue I ran into is that there was still a good amount of water when I open the pot. Am I supposed to drain it? I do have maybe a bigger model so I’m not sure if that would affect things. Still very tasty!

  8. 4 stars
    Alexa, great recipe! I used all of what you had written, only 1/2’ed it using about 2.5 C broth, just enough to barely cover the pasta. 2 wasn’t quite enough. I had the same issue w/ the spurting steam so let it sit for 5 minutes and that did the trick. Used Violife cheddar shreds and better than broth. Yum!

  9. 5 stars
    I made this recipe last night. For the options I only put in a pinch of garlic and paprika. It was absolutely wonderful and has satisfied my mac and cheese craving.
    I think I will add nutritional yeast the next time.

  10. 5 stars
    I got my instant pot last night and made this recipe on my first attempt using the instant pot tonight. It was delicious! Thank you so much! I loved Mac n cheese and I’ve tried making vegan recipes but i hadn’t found a good one until now. I have been using the daiya boxed Mac n cheese but it is pretty expensive. I’m so glad that I stumbled upon your recipe on here. Thank you for sharing!

  11. 5 stars
    Just served this up and its incredible!!! I used all the extras listed, spicewise and will add some pickle juice when I warm up leftovers tomorrow. I have tried so many different recipes/ variations and this is the simplest and the most reminiscent of our good old traditional homemade Mac n cheese!!

    1. Definitely! Just cook the noodles according to the package instructions, drain the noodles, and put them back into the warm pot along with the rest of the ingredients.

    1. Oh no…I usually use either the Daiya cheddar block or So Delicious cheddar shreds. Sometimes it helps to just let the cheese sit in there for a minute to warm up. I have found that vegan cheese doesn’t melt instantly as regular cheese does. But the two I mentioned always melt for me!

  12. 5 stars
    Made it and it came great! Thank you for sharing!

    I made it with small shells. I used Daiya shreds, and almond milk. Only thing I was wondering about that maybe you can help. I’m a new Instant Pot user. When I went to release the steam, a lot of water came spitting out with the steam. It went all over my cabinet, counter, and floor. Is that normal?

    1. Hmm, there is always some sputtering for me but it doesn’t go all over the place. It usually stays on the lid-area. It wouldn’t hurt (for this recipe) to let the pot naturally de-pressurize for about 5 minutes before releasing the valve. That should solve the issue…or at least some of it!

      1. Okay! Thank you! I’ll try that next time. I’m so excited for my Instant Pot!! lol…

      2. This happened to me the first time I made pasta in mine. I’ve realized that less water comes out if I move it slowly to the venting position. Basically keep it halfway between venting and sealing until there’s little pressure left and I can move it fully to the venting position.

  13. Hi, I just made the creamy vegan caesar dressing using your recipe it tastes great and has a unique flavor to it. Thank you for the recipe!!!

  14. Any suggestiins in how I can make a a lot of batches to freeze and how to rehaet them for when I want to use them?

    1. Hi, Lilly! I haven’t personally tested this recipe out in the freezer – so I’m not sure and wouldn’t want to give out faulty advice! I am planning on doing a freezer meal series soon and I’ll make sure to test this and let you know.

  15. Hello: I’m new to “dairy free” cooking. Just found out my daughter is allergic to milk (not lactose intolerant) so we need to cut out all milk products. What non-dairy milk is best for cooking? I have always used unflavored soy milk for drinking and cereal anyways, but are almond or rice milk better than soy for cooking?
    Thank you!

  16. Hi – great recipes!

    But why can’t i search? i wanted chocolate chip cookies or any cookie –
    and besides cookies, there should be a search.

    thanks – alexa

    1. Hi, Alexa! There is a search bar on the right hand side of the menu on desktop. On mobile, click on the three black lines underneath my site logo and it will be at the bottom of the menu.

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