Instant Pot Pastas are my new MOST FAVORITE THING IN THE WHOLE WORLD.
For now, anyways.
Because my other favorite thing in the whole wide world is the Multi-Cooker.
I’m beginning to think I have a small kitchen appliance problem.
But it’s really a “I just need these adorable devices to take care of dinner for me” problem. And they both do an amazing job at that. And they keep me out of the drive thru and calling for takeout.
This is just after opening up the lid.
Inside is small shell pasta (bowties, in this case), tomato based sauce and ground beef.
You can do this 2 ways with the Instant Pot.
- Brown the ground beef on saute mode.
- Pull pre-browned ground beef from the freezer.
I went with option #2 since we still have LOTS of ground beef in the freezer from Zaycon Fresh that I picked up just before Christmas.
The Instant Pot just cooks pasta so perfectly, and it does a lovely job of infusing and melting flavors together!
Instant Pot Taco Pasta
Yield – 4 servings
Preparation Time – 10 minutes
Cooking Time – 6 minutes in Instant Pot
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1 Tbsp minced onion
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 15 oz. can tomato sauce
- 15 oz. can diced tomatoes
- 2 Tbsp taco seasoning, or 1 packet taco seasoning
- 16 oz. small shell pasta
- 2 cups beef broth
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Shredded cheese, as garnish
- Salad, as side dish
- Brown the ground beef with the minced onion and garlic powder on Saute mode. (Or brown it in a skillet.) Drain, if needed.
- Pour the pasta over the browned ground beef in the insert. Then, pour the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, taco seasoning and beef broth over the top. Gently stir to combine, and press the pasta so it’s all “underwater.” If needed, add 1/4 to 1/2 cup water so that the pasta is all underwater.
- Set to Sealing.
- Pressure cook on High, Manual mode for 6 minutes.
- Let naturally release for 10 minutes, then vent and release remaining pressure.
- There might be some liquid floating on the top, but give it a good stir through and remove the insert from the base. The sauce will thicken as it cools. (Above is a photo just after opening the lid.)
- Spoon into serving bowls and top with a few pinches of shredded cheese.
- Serve Instant Pot Taco Pasta with side salad.
- Freezer Friendly Skillet Taco Pasta from MyFreezEasy