Instant Pot Creamy Shells and Beef is pure comfort food. This easy Instant Pot dinner recipe is so creamy and cheesy. Pasta shells and ground beef are cooked in a tomato sauce and then Parmesan cheese, cream, and cream cheese get mixed in.
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 15minutes
Total Time 25minutes
1mediumyellow or sweet onion,diced
1pound lean ground beef
1/4teaspooncrushed red pepper flakes
1tablespoon tomato paste
1(16-ounce) boxmedium pasta shells,uncooked
1(24-ounce) jarpasta sauce
1cupfreshly grated Parmesan cheese
2ouncescream cheese,cut into chunks and softened
Add olive oil to the inner pot of an Instant Pot. Turn on "Saute" mode. Add onion and cook until starting to get soft.
Add ground beef and cook and crumble it with a wooden spoon until no longer pink. Turn Instant Pot off.
Add Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, garlic powder, crushed red pepper flakes and tomato paste and stir.
Pour shells on top of ground beef mixture.
Pour pasta sauce and water on top of shells. Do not stir, but press shells down into liquid with the back of a spoon.
Place lid on Instant Pot and make sure valve is in "sealing" position. Set to Pressure Cook on HIGH for 5 minutes.
Do a manual pressure release and when the pin drops, remove the lid. Stir in Parmesan cheese, heavy cream, and cream cheese. Serve.
This recipe originally appeared on spicysouthernkitchen.com