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Instant Pot Creamy Beef Tortellini

This Instant Pot Creamy Beef Tortellini is comfort in a bowl. It’s creamy, cheesy, and full of cheese-filled pasta goodness. This Instant Pot recipe is great for busy weeknights and comes together and is ready to eat in less than 20 minutes.

Instant Pot Creamy Beef Tortellini in a cast iron skillet on a wooden board.

Homemade Hamburger Helper

This recipe is much like hamburger helper but much better! This recipe is just as easy to make at home as the prepackaged mixes but it tastes much better!

Cheese tortellini adds more flavor and texture to this pasta dish and it’s incredibly easy to make in the Instant Pot.

This Instant Pot recipe is not only kid-friendly but it’s also ready to eat in less than 30 minutes and so so good!

Instant Pot Creamy Beef and Cheese Tortellini pasta served with fresh parsley garnish.

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What’s in Instant Pot Creamy Beef Tortellini

  • Ground beef
  • Garlic cloves
  • Onion
  • Paprika
  • Ground black pepper
  • Salt
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Dried oregano
  • Frozen cheese tortellini
  • Beef broth
  • Heavy cream
  • Shredded Italian cheese blend
  • Fresh parsley
Top view of a cast iron skillet with cheese tortellini and ground beef in a creamy sauce.

How to Make Beef Tortellini in the Instant Pot

It’s easy to make Instant Pot Creamy Beef Tortellini in an electric pressure cooker and it’s quick, too!

Saute the ground beef – Saute the ground beef until no longer pink. Add the diced onion and the minced garlic and crumble the beef. Drain any grease and deglaze the pot. Once this is done, press cancel.

TIP: A garlic press is an easy way to mince fresh garlic.


Season the beef – Sprinkle the seasonings onto the ground beef.

Add the pasta – Add the frozen cheese tortellini to the pot evenly. Adding frozen tortellini is ideal because adding fresh pasta or even dried will change the pressure cooking time.


Add the liquid – Pour the beef broth on top of the tortellini, making sure the tortellini is submerged completely. Close the lid and pressure cook on HIGH PRESSURE for 2 minutes on the MANUAL/HIGH-PRESSURE setting.

Italian cheese blend sprinkled on cheese tortellini pasta with ground beef.

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Quick Control Release –
Release the pressure manually by performing a quick release. Do this step intermittently to prevent steam from spewing from the valve. Keep faces away from the vent as the steam escapes.

*Refer to your pressure cookers manual for how to safely perform its functions.


Saute – Set the pot to Saute, and add the heavy cream and the shredded cheese. Stir until the cheese is melted and the beef tortellini becomes creamy. Press cancel to stop sauteing.

Garnish and serve – Garnish with parsley if desired and serve with additional cheese.

Top view of a cast iron skillet with cheese tortellini and ground beef in a creamy sauce.

Can You Reheat Creamy Tortellini?

Yes, you can! Since pasta absorbs liquid as it cools, to reheat this Instant Pot Creamy Beef Tortellini and still have a delicious creamy sauce, it’s a good idea to add a splash of heavy cream or milk before reheating on the stovetop or in the microwave.

As it reheats, you can add a little milk or cream as needed to achieve the same creaminess that the pasta had when it was freshly made.

A serving spoon resting in creamy pasta sauce in a cast iron skillet.

Tips for Making Tortellini in the Instant Pot

Use frozen tortellini – Using frozen tortellini slows down how quickly the pasta will cook and it won’t be mushy.

Submerge the pasta – One of the biggest complaints about pasta in a pressure cooker is that the pasta isn’t evenly cooked or is crunchy. Layer the tortellini pasta evenly and make sure that the pasta is submerged completely before pressure cooking.

Don’t overcook – All pasta cooks quickly in the Instant Pot. A good rule of thumb when pressure cooking pasta is to take the time it takes on the pasta and then divide it in half. Take the number you came up with and then subtract one minute.

Quick control release – When pressure cooking pasta, release the pressure from the pot right after the timer goes off. Carefully and safely release the pressure by intermittently releasing the pressure by turning the pressure release knob on top of the pressure cooker.

Yield: 6 servings

Instant Pot Creamy Beef Tortellini

Instant Pot Creamy Beef Tortellini in a cast iron skillet on a wooden board.

This Instant Pot Creamy Beef Tortellini is comfort in a bowl. It's creamy, cheesy, and full of cheese-filled pasta goodness. This Instant Pot recipe is great for busy weeknights and comes together and is ready to eat in less than 20 minutes.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 16 ounces frozen cheese tortellini
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups shredded Italian cheese blend
  • Fresh parsley, for garnish

Instructions

    1. Set the pressure cooker to saute and brown the ground beef.
    2. Add the diced onion and garlic and cook with the beef.
    3. Crumble the beef and then drain any grease and deglaze the pot.
    4. Press cancel to turn off the saute function.
    5. Sprinkle the seasonings onto the ground beef and top with the frozen cheese tortellini in an even layer.
    6. Pour the beef broth on top of the tortellini, making sure the tortellini is submerged completely.
    7. Close the lid and pressure cook on HIGH PRESSURE for 2 minutes on the MANUAL/HIGH PRESSURE setting.
    8. Release the pressure manually by performing a quick release. Do this step intermittently to prevent steam from spewing from the valve.
    9. Set the pot to Saute, and add the heavy cream and the shredded cheese. Stir until the cheese is melted and the beef tortellini becomes creamy. Press cancel to stop sauteing.
    10. Serve with fresh parsley and additional cheese.

Notes

Always refer to your pressure cooker's manual for how to safely perform its functions.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1 serving

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 659Total Fat: 37gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 157mgSodium: 1043mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 42g

Nutrition calculation is a rough estimate and can vary depending on the cooking technique and the exact ingredients used. For informational purposes only.

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Pj

Wednesday 27th of July 2022

Can I use dry tortellini?

Dana

Friday 3rd of June 2022

Can you use tortellini that is not frozen?

Dana

Sunday 5th of June 2022

Fresh tortellini will cook very fast and will result in mushy pasta.

Jess

Monday 30th of May 2022

I want to cook the beef ahead of time then do the final pressure cook later. Would the cook time remain the same if it’s not already warmed up from the sauté step?

Dana

Tuesday 31st of May 2022

Yes, the cook time will remain the same :)

Bridget

Thursday 19th of May 2022

Family loved it. We added spinach at the end too.

Mary O’Brien

Monday 30th of May 2022

@Bridget, Saw your post on the Tribe and I love this idea. Hubby was just saying today that we should start making inexpensive meals like Hamburger Helper. This is as close to the boxed version as I want to get. I am trying this for sure. Glad I stopped by!

Maura

Wednesday 11th of May 2022

This this was absolutely delicious and easy to make

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