Instant Pot Pioneer Pasta—wagon wheel pasta and ground beef are cooked with fire roasted tomatoes, seasonings, cream cheese and pepper jack cheese for a pasta dish that has tons of flavor. Kids and adults love this meal!
Instant Pot Pioneer Pasta
Although I’m 100% certain that the pioneers never got to eat anything as good as this pasta dish I named it pioneer pasta because of the shape of the pasta…they look like the wagon wheels. Just look at this picture of my son and a pioneer wagon.
And then look at the shape of these pasta noodles…
I found my wagon wheel pasta in the bulk bins at Winco. They cost me a dollar a pound! I just love those bulk bins. Especially for the seasonings. I can fill up my spice jars for about 50 cents.
If you’re not fortunate enough to have a Winco and you can’t find the wagon wheels at another grocery store then you can also use elbow macaroni pasta. Not quite as fun but it will still taste great!
I used ground beef for this recipe but you can also use ground turkey or ground chicken. Sausage would add a lot of flavor too. If you use sausage I would suggest cutting down on the amount of salt since the sausage has a lot of salt already in it.
My whole family plus a friend that randomly showed up around dinner time loved this Instant Pot pioneer pasta. I’m certain that the pioneers would have loved it too and would have been amazed at how quickly we can cook now using our Instant Pots 😉 Make it this week for dinner! I know you’ll love it.
What Equipment Did You Use?
To make Instant Pot Pioneer Pasta I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*. I love this Instant Pot because it has the yogurt making function which I use almost weekly. It has two pressure settings (high and low), and there are also little slots in the handles so that you can rest the lid there instead of putting it down on your counter-top.
I used a hamburger helper meat chopper* to break up the meat.
I own calphalon self-sharpening knives which I used to dice the onions.
I use a grater that is similar to this one* to grate my own cheese. I like to buy my cheese in the blocks and grate it myself. I find it melts better that way.
You’ll also like these other hearty Instant Pot dinners…
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Wagon wheel pasta and ground beef are cooked with fire roasted tomatoes, seasonings, cream cheese and pepper jack cheese for a pasta dish that has tons of flavor. Kids and adults love this meal!
- 1 pound uncooked ground beef
- 1 cup diced yellow onion
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ black pepper
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp dried basil
- 1 ¾ cups beef broth
- 8 oz (½ pound) uncooked wagon wheel pasta (or elbow macaroni)
- 1 (14.5 oz) can fire roasted tomatoes
- 4 oz (½ of a brick) of cream cheese
- 1 cup grated pepper jack cheese (or cheddar)
- Turn your Instant Pot to the saute setting. When the display says hot add in the ground beef and break it up*. Add in the onion. Brown the ground beef for about 5 minutes. If needed, drain any grease off of the meat.
- Stir in the seasonings: salt, pepper, garlic powder and basil. Add in the beef broth and scrape off any brown bits from the bottom of the pot. Evenly dump the pasta on top of the beef. Dump the tomatoes evenly over the pasta. Don’t stir. Dump the cream cheese on top of the tomatoes.
- Cover the pot and secure the lid. Make sure the valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 3 minutes on high pressure. When the time is up let the pot sit for 5 minutes and then move the valve to venting. Remove the lid.
- Stir the pasta so that the cream cheese incorporates into the pasta. Stir in the grated cheese.
- Scoop onto serving dishes and enjoy!
3 quart instructions: Keep the same recipe as above.
8 quart instructions: Decrease pressure cooking time to 2 minutes.
- Category: Beef
- Method: Instant Pot
- Cuisine: American
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