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Instant Pot Cheesy Hamburger Helper in a white bowl

Instant Pot Cheesy Hamburger Helper

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Beef, Cheese, Pasta
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb elbow macaroni
  • 2 ½ cups milk
  • 2 cup beef broth
  • ½ tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¾ tsp paprika
  • 1 ½ cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 oz processed American cheese (like Velveeta)


  • Set a 6-qt pressure cooker to the high saute setting. Add ground beef and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes,
  • Add the pasta and stir. Add beef broth, milk, and seasoning. Stir.
  • Select manual setting; adjust pressure to high, and set time for 5 minutes. When finished cooking, quick-release pressure according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • Once pressure has released, remove the top and stir in the cheese. Serve.


Stove Top Instructions:
Brown beef in a dutch oven.
Add remaining ingredients except the cheese. Simmer for 20 minutes or until pasta is tender. Add the cheese and stir. Serve. 
Slow Cooker Instructions: 
Brown beef in a skillet. Drain and place in a slow cooker. Add all remaining ingredients besides the cheese. Set heat to low. 
Stir after 60 minutes and replace cover. Cook on low for an additional 60. The total cook time is 2 hours. Slow cookers can run warmer and I advise to check the pasta at the 90 minute mark if additional time is needed. After 2 hours add the cheese. Replace cover and allow the cheese to melt. Stir and serve.