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Instant Pot Creamy Beef and Penne

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  • Author: Karen Petersen
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 minutes (plus 5 minute NPR)
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 5 servings 1x


Ground beef, garlic, penne pasta, fire roasted tomatoes, cream cheese, spinach and pine nuts cooked quickly and in one pot, your Instant Pot.  An amazing pasta dish that your whole family will love!


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 ounces uncooked penne pasta (I used whole wheat pasta)
  • 1 3/4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/4 tsp ground red pepper
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 4 ounces (half a brick) cream cheese
  • 3 cups coarsely chopped spinach
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts


  1. Turn your Instant Pot to the saute setting. When the display says HOT add in the ground beef and break it up*. Sprinkle in the salt. Brown the beef. Then add in the garlic. Stir in just ¼ cup of the broth and scrape the bottom of the pot. Use a spoon to spread the beef evenly in the bottom of the pot.
  2. Add in the pasta in an even layer. Pour the rest of broth over the top. Don’t stir. Add in the tomatoes, sugar, tomato paste, ground red pepper and basil. Don’t stir.
  3. Cover the pot and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure button to 4 minutes. When the time is up let the pot sit for 5 minutes and then move the valve to venting. Remove the lid.
  4. Stir in the cream cheese and spinach and pine nuts. The cream cheese will melt fairly quickly. Stir until incorporated.
  5. Scoop onto serving dishes and enjoy!
  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Italian