Instant Pot Creamy Shells and Beef

Creamy Shells and Beef

Instant Pot Creamy Shells and Beef is an easy one-pot dinner made entirely in the pressure cooker. It’s like homemade hamburger helper, with ground beef and pasta in a tomato cream sauce and very kid-friendly!


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1-pound box medium shell pasta
  • 1 24-ounce jar marinara sauce
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese



1 ) Turn Instant Pot to saute setting, and wait for the display to turn to HOT, add olive oil and onions, and cook until slightly soft.

2 ) Add ground beef, break up with a spatula, and cook until no longer pink, stirring frequently to make sure it doesn’t stick to the pot.

3 ) Season with sea salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder, and hit CANCEl

4 ) Add shells over ground beef, then add the marinara sauce and water. Do not stir, but press lightly with a spoon to ensure the pasta is completely covered with sauce and water.

5 ) Place lid on Instant Pot, close, and make sure vent is set to SEALING position.

6 ) Hit PRESSURE COOK for 5 minutes, or half the cooking time on the box of pasta.

7 ) When pressure cooking is done, do a quick release, then remove the lid and hit CANCEl to turn cooker off.

8 ) Stir in heavy cream and Parmesan cheese, and serve!





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