This Instant Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta has only 6 ingredients, cooks in under 30 minutes, and is delicious! One of my most popular Instant Pot pasta recipes!
Instant Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta
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I had already decided to post this Instant Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta today, and it is a fast meal, so it was fitting! Every time I cook pasta in my Instant Pot electric pressure cooker, I am grateful that this wonderful appliance exists! It is great to cook the pasta in broth and have it soak up all of that flavor. It is even better that you don’t have to drain it! Same goes for mashed potatoes in the IP, and beans from dry to tender in under an hour! Fast!
The flavor for this pasta dish comes from salsa and my homemade Easy Taco Seasoning (or use the packet from the store). So simple, and so much flavor! Garnish with chili fixin’s, or serve as is (which Paul prefers), and it will be a hit with the family!
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This Instant Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta has only 6 ingredients, is ready in under 30 minutes, and is delicious!
- 1 lb Lean Ground Beef or Lean Ground Turkey (93% lean)
- 2 1/2 Tbsp Taco Seasoning (see my recipe for homemade, or use 1 packet of store bought)
- 1 16oz Container of Salsa
- 16 oz Pasta Shells, medium (or use 16oz rotini)
- 4 cups Broth low sodium (I prefer chicken broth)
- 2 cups Shredded Cheese (I use 1 cup Monterey Jack and 1 cup sharp Cheddar)
Turn pot on to Sauté mode.
When display reads Hot, add meat (use a little olive oil if using ground turkey). Cook until mostly done.
Add the taco seasoning, stir and finish cooking meat.
Add the salsa and broth. Stir. Put on a glass lid (or any lid that fits. If you use the pressure cooker lid, make sure it is on Venting). Let the broth heat up and start to simmer.
Add the pasta and stir.
Cancel the sauté mode.
Put the pressure cooker lid on and set the steam release knob to the Sealing position.
Press the Manual (or Pressure Cook) button and use the + or - button to select 5 minutes for softer pasta, 4 minutes for more al dente (or half the time on the pasta package directions).
When cooking cycle ends, turn off the Instant Pot.
Do a controlled Quick Release of the pressure/steam. I like to start it in smaller bursts until I am sure no sauce will be spewing from the steam release knob. Then I turn the knob all the way to Venting, and let it release the remaining steam/pressure.
When the pin in the lid drops, and it is safe to open it, do so with the lid facing away from your face.
Give the pasta a good stir, add the cheese, stir again, and serve.
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