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Instant Pot Panera Broccoli Cheddar Macaroni & Cheese

Panera Broccoli Cheddar Mac and Cheese Recipe


  • ¼ cup butter
  • ½ cup onion diced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 12 oz elbow macaroni uncooked
  • 2 ½ cups broccoli chopped in small florets
  • 20 baby carrots grated in a food processor (about 1 cup)
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon chicken bouillon
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup half and half

To add after cooking:

  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 2 slices American cheese torn in small pieces
  • 2 Tablespoons shredded parmesan cheese


  • Set the Instant Pot to sauté. Add the butter and allow to melt. Add the onion, garlic powder and onion powder and cook, stirring for 2-3 minutes just until the onion is beginning to soften. Turn off the Instant Pot.
  • Add the remaining pre-cooking ingredients, through the half and half. Stir gently so that all the macaroni noodles are covered. Seal the pot and set to manual high pressure for 5 minutes. When the cooking time is done, quick release any remaining pressure.
  • Add all the cheese to the mixture and stir gently until all of the cheeses have melted. Serve