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Easy Instant Pot Ground Beef Pasta

When it comes to easy dinners, pasta is always a great go-to option. This easy Instant Pot ground beef and pasta recipe is a super quick one-pot pasta meal that will fill bellies warm hearts.

I decided to make this Instant Pot pasta recipe on the day after a very long trail running adventure doing the Ragnar Rainier. Lots of miles and a whole lot of hills left me hungry for carbs and protein. Not having a ton of energy to make a fancy meal, this one-pot pasta dish made of staples I had on hand.

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Instant Pot Ground Beef Pasta

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 3 teaspoons Italian blend seasoning
  • 24 ounces marinara sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 pound uncooked pasta noodles like shells macaroni, penne, bowties
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes – optional
  • 1 cup freshly grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese


  • Set your pressure cooker to SAUTE. Drizzle with oil, then add the ground beef and saute 4-5 minutes, breaking beef into pieces as it cooks, until browned.
  • Stir in Italian seasoning and garlic for 1-2 minutes longer.
  • Add marinara, water, broth, noodles, onion powder, and red pepper flakes to the pot and give it a good stir.
  • Place the lid on the pot and slide it into the locked position and turn the vent valve to the sealed position.
  • Set to PRESSURE COOK or MANUAL for 8 minutes.
  • When the cooking time is done, do a quick release (immediately turn the vent valve to VENT position) and remove the lid once the float valve drops.
  • Stir in the mozzarella cheese. Once the cheese is melted and incorporated, add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Dish up your pasta, top with parmesan cheese, and serve
Easy Instant Pot ground beef and pasta recipe