When your family wants the same old favorites, but. you would like to mix things up, literally mix them up! Combine two delicious meals like spaghetti and tacos to make this Instant Pot Taco Spaghetti!
If there's one thing I prefer making in the pressure cooker these days instead of the slow cooker, it's pasta. My family went nuts for the Instant Pot Veggie Packed Spaghetti, but I wanted to try something with a little different twist. It didn't take long for my mind to land on the idea of combining my love of tacos with their love of spaghetti to make one delicious dinner.
So you may wonder, how long does it take to cook pasta in a pressure cooker?
- It's going to depend on the type of pasta and what else you have cooking with it. For this recipe plan for 8 minutes at high pressure
- also, it important to note that you should plan for the time it takes the pot to come to pressure. When you've used it to sauté the meat like we have here, it can be a bit faster, but can take around 15 minutes.
- I would also recommend planning around 5 minutes to let the pressure release naturally before performing a quick release. There will still be some liquid in the top of the pot and you don't want to risk getting burned with the spatter.
I often get asked, why do you cook with a pressure cooker instead of the "normal way"?
- For recipes like this, it's awesome to make everything in one pot for a quick meal and less cleanup
- No need to boil and drain the pasta, which is just an extra step
- I find that the pasta gets cooked perfectly, and I don't have to stress about keeping a close eye on it because I already know just how the recipe will come out after setting the time
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Instant Pot Taco Spaghetti
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 yellow bell pepper
- 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
- 14.5 oz canned salsa style diced tomatoes
- 15 oz canned black beans
- 4 oz whipped cream cheese
- 16 oz thick dried spaghetti noodles
- 15 oz tomato sauce
- 4 cups chicken broth
- Heat pressure cooker to saute
- Add ground beef and cook while breaking apart with a spatula until fully cooked
- Remove ribs and seeds from pepper and dice, add to ground beef
- Stir in seasoning, tomatoes, beans and cream cheese
- Break apart spaghetti noodles and add to pot
- Top with sauce and broth and make sure noodles are covered
- Cover and seal and place on manual high pressure for 8 minutes
- Allow 5 minute natural pressure release then perform quick release
- Stir until combined and allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving