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Instant Pot Cheeseburger in red bowl Pasta

Instant Pot Cheeseburger Pasta

Use your Instant Pot electric pressure cooker to make this tasty one-pot pasta meal in under an hour!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 10 people
Calories 535 kcal
Author Sandy Clifton


  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 lb Lean Ground Beef, Sausage, or Ground Turkey
  • 1 Medium Onion chopped
  • 1 Clove Garlic minced
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • 6 Medium Crimini Mushrooms sliced
  • 1 tsp Seasoned Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Ground Mustard
  • A few dashes of Hot Sauce
  • 1 lb Pasta (macaroni, gemelli, penne, shells, etc.)
  • 3 cups Broth or Water
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 2 cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese shredded
  • 1 cup Monterey Jack Cheese shredded


  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream


  1. Press the Sauté (Normal) button on the Instant Pot.
  2. When the display reads “Hot” add 1 Tbsp olive oil.
  3. Add the ground meat and let cook for a few minutes before you stir it. Then break it up and let it sit a few more minutes. This helps it brown a little better. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until almost done.
  4. Add onion and stir.
  5. Add garlic and butter. Stir, making sure to scrape up any brown bits on the bottom of the pot.
  6. Add the mushrooms, seasoned salt, Kosher salt, pepper, ground mustard, and hot sauce. Stir well to combine.
  7. Add in the pasta, broth/water, and milk. Stir to combine and make sure the pasta is covered with liquid.

To Pressure Cook

  1. Press the Cancel/Keep Warm button to cancel the sauté mode.
  2. Put the lid on the pot and set the steam release knob to “Sealing” position.
  3. Press the Manual button and the + or - button to select 4 minutes (or 1/2 of the time on the package directions. The gemelli pictured said 9 minutes, so I chose to cook it for 5 as it is a heartier pasta), and make sure that High Pressure is also selected.
  4. When cooking time ends and the unit beeps, do a Quick Release (QR) (slowly at first, in small bursts) of the steam. When the steam is all out and the pin drops, carefully open the lid, facing away from your face.
  5. Stir in cheese and heavy cream, if using, and allow it to melt.
  6. Season with more salt & pepper to taste.
  7. Serve it right away!

Recipe Notes

Stir in a little more broth or milk before serving if you like it saucier.

Calories are based on using Lean Ground Turkey, 2% milk, and no Heavy Cream, and are approximated using an online program to calculate.