Instant Pot Beef & Shells Recipe

Making delicious creamy beef and shells in the Instant Pot is super quick. This is a meal kids will love, with little prep or ingredients required.

Instant Pot Beef & Shells Recipe

Cheesy beef and shells are easy to make using the Instant Pot by following this recipe.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Servings 8 people


  • 24 ounces Marinara Sauce
  • 1 pound Lean Ground Beed
  • 1 pound Shell Pasta
  • 1 small yellow onion chopped up.
  • 3 cups water
  • 1.5 cups Heavy Cream
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese shredded.
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder


  • The first step is to turn the Instant Pot onto "Saute" and allow it to heat up.
  • Once hot, add in the onions and olive oil. Cook this until the onions soften up.
  • Add the ground beef and stir so that it does not stick to the pot. Make sure the beef is cooked until it is brown.
  • Add in the salt, pepper, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning.
  • Hit "Cancel" on the Instant Pot. Add in the shells and marinara sauce. Put in the water but do not stir this together. Press it with a spoon so all of the water and sauce is covered in the pasta.
  • Seal the vent on the Instant Pot and close the lid.
  • Hit "Pressure Cook" for 5 minutes. After that is done, quick release the pressure. Remove the lid, and hit "Cancel" on the Instant Pot.
  • Stir the heavy cream in there and add the parmesan cheese.

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