Instant Pot Creamy Shells and Beef

Instant Pot Creamy Shells and Beef is an easy pressure cooker dinner recipe made with ground beef and pasta in a tomato cream sauce. Perfect for busy days!

If you’re looking for an easy dinner recipe made with ground beef and pasta, you’re going to love this delicious Instant Pot Creamy Shells and Beef. It’s like homemade Hamburger Helper, and it’s super kid friendly. Best of all, it’s a one pot dinner, so there’s hardly any clean-up!

Instant Pot Creamy Shells and Beef
Instant Pot Creamy Shells and Beef is an easy one pot dinner made entirely in the pressure cooker. It's like homemade hamburger helper, with ground beef and pasta in a tomato cream sauce and very kid friendly!
5 from 41 votes
Course: MainCuisine: AmericanKeyword: instant pot creamy shells and beef, instant pot ground beef recipes, instant pot recipesPrep Time: 5 minutesCook Time: 35 minutesTotal Time: 40 minutesServings: 8Calories: 304kcalAuthor: Dee


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small yellow onion, chopped
1 pound lean ground beef
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon italian seasoning
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1-pound box medium shell pasta
1 24-ounce jar marinara sauce
3 cups water
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


Turn Instant Pot to saute setting, and wait for the display to turn to HOT
Add olive oil and onions, and cook until slightly soft
Add ground beef, break up with spatula, and cook until no longer pink, stirring frequently to make sure it doesn't stick to pot
Season with sea salt, pepper, Italian seasoning and garlic powder, and  hit CANCEl
Add shells over ground beef, then add the marinara sauce and water. Do not stir, but press lightly with spoon to ensure pasta is completely covered with sauce and water
Place lid on Instant Pot, close, and make sure vent is set to SEALING position
Hit PRESSURE COOK for 5 minutes, or half the cooking time on the box of pasta
When pressure cooking is done, do a quick release, then remove lid and hit CANCEl to turn cooker off
Stir in heavy cream and Parmesan cheese, and serve

Recipe was made with Bertolli brand marinara sauce.
You can add another 1/2 to 1 cup water for a thinner sauce
Calories: 304kcal

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