Yield: 8 servings

Hamburger Helper

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes

The childhood meal you remember is so much better made from scratch! Seasoned ground beef with cheese and macaroni comes together in a cinch when you make Hamburger Helper in the Instant Pot.


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 lb elbow macaroni
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 16 oz sharp cheddar cheese, shredded


  1. Turn the Instant Pot on "SAUTE" and add the ground beef. Cook until no pink remains, crumbling as you brown the meat.
  2. Once browned, turn the Pot off and drain any excess grease out of the pot.
  3. Add beef broth and with a wooden spoon DEGLAZE the bottom of the pot. Scrape up any bits of browned meat to reduce the chance of a BURN notice.
  4. Add the uncooked macaroni, butter, salt, pepper, dry mustard, and garlic powder. Stir once.
  5. Close and lock the lid in place, making sure the valve on top is set to "SEALING".
  6. Press MANUAL or HIGH PRESSURE COOK for a cook time of 5 minutes.
  7. Once the cook time ends, do a quick release of the pressure, turning the valve to VENTING.
  8. Use a wooden spoon to stir the pasta with the meat. Add in the heavy cream and shredded cheese, stirring until melted. Serve and enjoy.


  • Recipe tested in a 6qt Instant Pot.
  • Use good cheese and shred it yourself from the block. It melts smoother and has better flavor than prepackaged shredded cheese.
  • Swap out the ground beef for ground turkey or chicken to lighten up the meal.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 564Total Fat: 38gSaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 131mgSodium: 1036mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 34g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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