These days, you’re in multitasking overdrive and you don’t have much time. You need simple family-friendly meals that will please everyone. The Instant Pot can help.
This meat pasta dish is one meal. In one pot. That everyone will love. In EIGHT minutes. I don’t need to say much except stick to shell pasta because the meat will somehow travel inside and you’ll get pockets of saucy meat in each bite. Incredibly satisfying: the little effort and the food.
(If you don’t already have an Instant Pot, we love this 8 quart version for large families and the 6 quart is great for smaller ones.)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ large onion, minced
- 1 ¼ lb ground beef (or turkey)
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
- 1 teaspoon granulated onion
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar or red wine
- 1 24oz jar marinara sauce
- 2 cups water
- 16 ounces shell pasta
- Turn the pressure cooker on sauté.
- Once the insert heats add olive oil and stir in the minced onion.
- Brown the meat, constantly breaking up into pieces.
- Season with salt, pepper, granulated garlic and granulated onion. Add the balsamic vinegar. Once the meat is no longer pink, pour the sauce and water.
- Add the pasta and stir well.
- Seal the pot and cook on high pressure for 8 minutes. Turn the vent to release pressure. Remove cover and stir the mixture well. Serve hot.
If you prefer to make this in a regular pot, you can. Sauté the onion and meat, add the rest, bring to a boil and reduce to low. Covered and cook until cooked through. Stir often so the pasta doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot. It just won’t take 8 minutes – probably around 20. (Do not make this in a slow cooker.)
How can I do this in a regular pot?
Was wondering the same
Looks delish says
How can I do it in a regular pot or crock pot?
Read the end of the post!
looks like this was added on after the question was asked…
Sina | gather a table says
Yes! The instructions for the stovetop version was added at the end. Enjoy!!!
Esther Greene says
I just made this in my regular pressure cooker (not an instant pot.) My kids are are all enjoying it so much! It took me 5 minutes of prep work and dinner was done 10 minutes later. After a long day of teaching over Zoom, this was a lifesaver. Thank you BCP!
This looks amazing!
Real comfort food!
Wish my kids would like this…
Does the pasta need to be cooked in advance if I’m using a regular pot?
Made it for dinner and it was great!
If doing it in a regular pot, do I add the pasta in cooked or raw?
Sina | gather a table says
They go in raw.
Made this tonight for my chevra!!
It passed with flying colours! Was very successful!
I made it in normal pot…. and doubled the quantity of minced meat, spices and marinara to make it higher in protein for my menfolk.
I did find that 2 cups of water were not enough to cook the pasta through, so added a little more….
Perhaps this is because i played around with quantites!?!
Came out delicious! Thank you and keep the one pot supper ideas coming pls!
Thanks for a great recipe! I made this with 2 lb. of ground chicken and homemade tomato sauce- (from pesach). It was light and so tasty!
Made this tonight in a pot with goldbaums gluten free pasta, besides for that you’ll achieve the same efficiency as using a pressure cooker, it’s also much leaner and healthier, was delicious real comfort food…thanks
As in brown rice pasta?
I’m wondering if this can be baked in the oven after browning the meat..that way I don’t have to keep watching and stirring the pot..
Just tried making this in my 6 quart instant pot… not enough water. The bottom burnt 🙁