Instant Pot 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 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 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
  2. Add olive oil and onions, and cook until slightly soft
  3. Add ground beef, break up with spatula, and cook until no longer pink, stirring frequently to make sure it doesn't stick to pot
  4. Season with sea salt, pepper, Italian seasoning and garlic powder, and  hit CANCEl
  5. Add shells over ground beef, then add the marinara sauce and water. Do not stir, but press lightly with spoon to ensure pasta is completely covered with sauce and water
  6. Place lid on Instant Pot, close, and make sure vent is set to SEALING position
  7. Hit PRESSURE COOK for 5 minutes, or half the cooking time on the box of pasta 
  8. When pressure cooking is done, do a quick release, then remove lid and hit CANCEl to turn cooker off
  9. Stir in heavy cream and Parmesan cheese, and serve

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