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Instant Pot Creamy Shells and Beef Recipe

Creamy shells and beef made in the Instant Pot.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Instant Pot Beef Recipe, Instant Pot Creamy Shells, Instant Pot Pasta Recipe
Servings: 6
Calories: 608kcal


  • Instant Pot


  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 Tablespoon italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
  • 16 ounces medium pasta shells
  • 24 ounces pasta sauce
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 4 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • fresh parsley for garnish


  • Add olive oil to the inner pot of the Instant Pot and turn on SAUTE mode.  
  • Add diced onion to the Instant Pot and sauté for a few minutes until onion starts to soften.
  • Add ground beef to the pot, break into small pieces, and cook until browned; drain excess grease and turn off the Instant Pot.
  • Add Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, pepper and tomato paste to the beef mixture; stir to combine.
  • Pour uncooked pasta shells on top of the ground beef mixture, then pour pasta sauce and water on top.  Don't stir the pasta and sauce together.
  • Place the lid on the Instant Pot and put the valve in SEALING position.  Cook on MANUAL/HIGH for 5 minutes.
  • Do a manual pressure release and when the pin drops, remove the lid.
  • Stir in parmesan cheese, half and half and cream cheese until well combined.
  • Serve and garnish with fresh parsley, if desired.



This recipe can also be made in a skillet. Cook times will vary.


Calories: 608kcal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 1231mg | Potassium: 998mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 938IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 316mg | Iron: 5mg