Instant Pot Protein Mac and Cheese

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Introducing our Protein Mac and Cheese, cooked to perfection in just 30 minutes using the Instant Pot!

This delightful dish combines whole wheat noodles, cottage cheese, cheddar cheese, and a protein boost from Greek yogurt for a creamy, protein-packed meal that the whole family will love.

Craving a quick and nutritious dinner option? Look no further than our Protein Mac and Cheese cooked effortlessly in your Instant Pot. Each serving packs a whopping 17g of protein, and you can easily up the protein intake by pairing it with your favorite protein source!

What sets our Protein Mac and Cheese apart is its unique blend of cottage cheese and Greek yogurt, adding both protein and creaminess to every bite.

Instant Pot Protein Mac and Cheese

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dinner
Servings 8


  • 16 oz. elbow macaroni whole wheat pasta works too!
  • 4 cups chicken broth or any broth
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1.5 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup 2% cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream or whole milk
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper


  • In your Instant Pot, combine macaroni noodles, broth, butter, garlic powder, Dijon mustard, and salt. Mix well.
  • Ensure the pressure valve is set to seal, then close the lid and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes.
  • Once the time is up, quick-release the pressure by turning the pressure valve to vent. Be cautious, as the steam is hot!
  • Remove the Instant Pot lid and give the noodles a quick stir. Add cheddar cheese, cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, and heavy cream. Stir continuously until all the cheese has melted. It may take a bit of time for the cottage cheese to melt.
  • Serve your mouthwatering mac and cheese from the Instant Pot and sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper for an extra kick.


  • For smooth melting, add all the cheese ingredients while the macaroni is hot. Don’t delay adding the cheese, Greek yogurt, and milk, as it may result in a grainy texture.
  • If the cottage cheese isn’t melting smoothly, turn on the sauté function on your Instant Pot and stir until smooth.

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