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Instant Pot Cheeseburger Macaroni

Instant Pot cheeseburger macaroni is homemade Hamburger Helper made with ground beef and pasta in a creamy cheese sauce. This quick and easy dinner is super kid friendly!
Course Main
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade hamburger helper, instant pot cheeseburger macaroni
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
pressure time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 350kcal
Author Dee


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1.5 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onions
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 1 pound box macaroni noodles, uncooked
  • 4 cups low sodium beef broth or water
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups shredded colby jack cheese
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese


  • Press SAUTE on the Instant Pot and when it reads Hot, add olive oil and ground beef. Break up beef with a spatula, and cook until no longer pink
  • Stir in the sea salt, garlic powder, onions and pepper, then hit CANCEL 
  • Layer the uncooked macaroni on the beef, pour the beef broth over and around the macaroni, and top with the butter
  • Place lid on pressure cooker, turn vent to Sealing position, and hit PRESSURE COOK for 4 minutes. Pot will take a few minutes to pressurize, then cook for 4 minutes and beep when done
  • Turn vent to Venting for a quick release, and when pin drops, remove lid, and stir. Stir in the cream, and gradually stir in the cheese, about 1 cup at a time, stirring well after each cup is added



Recipe can be made in either the 6 quart or 8-quart Instant Pot electric pressure cooker without changing ingredient amounts or cooking time.


Calories: 350kcal