This instant pot pasta is cheesy, creamy, and full of bacon. The flavors of your favorite cheeseburger become fused into this irresistible pasta dish. It’s kid approved, doesn’t take much time, and everyone will be asking for seconds.
Cheese burgers are an American family special. They come in many different varieties. Some include bacon, ketchup, mustard, onions, pickles, and even secret sauces. They’re filling and bring people together for family dinners or large get togethers. This instant pot pasta bring all of these flavors into a hearty, delicious, quick meal. No need to prep your buns, or turn the grill on because everything can be made in the instant pot.
Cooking in an instant pot has been a time saver for us, not only with prep time but also with dishes. You could probably consider this a dump and cook recipe because after the bacon is cooked and the beef is browned, you dump everything else in and cook for a total of 3 minutes! Keep in mind that your instant pot will take around 15 minutes to reach pressure and you’ll want to natural release for 5 minutes to make sure your noodles have cooked.
Making Hamburger Helper
Hamburger helper is such a nostalgic meal for me. We ate it all the time growing up and it wasn’t until recently that I made it homemade for my family. Making it is quite simple, especially when you do it in the instant pot.
First, you start by sautéing the onion and ground beef with salt and pepper and any other seasonings you may want to add. Once the ground beef is browned you will add milk, broth, and tomato sauce. Press the pasta under the liquid as much as you can and cook.
So how exactly do we turn hamburger helper into bacon cheeseburger hamburger helper? It’s simple, you will want to the typical ingredients you see in a bacon cheeseburger which include onion, pickles, ketchup, mustard, cheese, and of course bacon. All of these things take the normal hamburger helper to the next level.
Since we’re adding a second meat, you’ll want to sauté your bacon first. This is going to flavor your pan and give your beef extra flavor. After your bacon is done cooking and it’s crispy, you’ll want to take it out and set aside. Break it into small pieces. When your cheeseburger hamburger helper is cooked, pour in the bacon pieces and give it a good stir.
What type of pasta should you use?
If you read the ingredients list or looked at the picture, you may have noticed we used cellentani pasta which is one of my favorites. This is all based on preference. You can use any pasta you want or any that you have in your pantry at the moment!
I’m excited for you to try this and share this with your family. It’s incredibly delicious and has all of the flavors of a delicious bacon cheeseburger. With little prep time, I’m convinced you’re going to want to make this over and over again.
Instant Pot Bacon Cheeseburger Hamburger Helper
- Pressure Cooker
- 3 bacon slices
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1 small onion chopped
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon worcestershire
- 1 tablespoon dill relish
- 4 tablespoons ketchup
- 2 teaspoons mustard
- 1 lb cellentani pasta
- 1 cup milk
- 2 cups beef broth
- 1 15 oz can tomato sauce
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Turn your instant pot on the sauté setting and add the bacon slices. Cook until crispy then remove from the instant pot and set aside. Once the bacon has cooled, tear into small pieces
- Add the ground beef, onion, paprika, garlic powder, worcestershire sauce and cook until crumbly and browned
- Stir in the dill relish, ketchup, mustard, milk, beef broth, pasta and tomato sauce. Place the lid on the instant pot and turn on the knob on the sealed direction and cook for 3 minutes with a 5 minute natural release
- Once the pasta is done cooking, stir well and add in the cheese and bacon bits. Let sit for a few minutes to thicken and let the cheese melt before serving. Garnish with fresh chopped onions and any left over bacon bits